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5 Things to Ask Yourself Before You Buy

Money can’t buy happiness, but it can sometimes buy stuff that makes you happy. Before you fork over your hard-earned cash for a purchase, determine whether you’re investing in something that will truly add joy and utility to your life. Ask yourself:1. Is this something I will use at least once a week? Will it be useful for at least a year?2. Will this thing make me smile at least 10 times? Will it contribute to lasting memories?3. Have I recently seen an ad for this item or experience? If so, am I secretly kidding myself that it will make me as skinny and giddy as the actress in said ad?4. What am I willing to give up for this purchase? Would I be willing to eat ramen noodles for a week or give up my premium movie channel to finance it?5. Can I wait until this goes on sale to buy it? Or at least 24 hours? (Hint: The answer to this one is always yes!)

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Reprinted with Permission of Hearst Communications, Inc. Originally Published: Live Well on Less

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