Ask yourself: Do I want this or do I need it? Will spending this money get me closer to my financial goals or further away? Can I live without it? Set clear priorities for yourself and the decisions become easier to make.
As people track their spending, they discover that some of their money gets used for things they really don’t need. Instead, they merely want them and often buy them impulsively. Impulse spending is unplanned spending; purchasing things that you may or may not need, or spending more on an item than you’d planned.
The key to good money management is separating needs from wants. If you aren’t sure if an item is a need or a want, do without it for a period of time. If after that time you truly can’t live without it, it may be a need.
Do you buy the more expensive SUV that you want, or will a less expensive, more economical vehicle meet your need? Almost everything you buy involves a want vs. need determination and ultimately, how you make these choices will determine if you reach your goals or not.