Avoid Spending Money by Unplugging Yourself From Your Electronics

by Justin Weinger on August 20, 2011

One thing I noticed today is the fact I’m always on or paying attention to some sort of electronic device.  I’m always either checking email on my Blackberry, surfing the internet on my laptop, or watching something on TV.

(Well, not always, but probably much, much more than I should be.)

always advertising via electronics, online advertising, advertising and impulse buying, impulse buying and buyer's remorse, wasted spending on crap I don't need

Stop trying to sell me stuff!

And, in today’s age of social media and 24 hour news, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person who is overly connected and is probably much more reliant on electronic devices than I should be.

Obviously, being plugged in all the time this isn’t the greatest thing in the world because we should probably be out doing other stuff , but beyond that, it also makes it tough to continue to live a frugal life and avoid needlessly buying crap.

Think about it: your email, internet, TV, even texts, are constantly filled with things that are trying to get you to buy stuff you don’t really need.

More or less, electronics makes it tough to avoid wanting to go out and spend tons of money, especially if you’re already predisposed to be a big spender.

So, do yourself a favor and take this weekend off from your electronics.  Seriously, give it a try (especially if you feel like you’re going to get the shakes if you don’t check your email on a Saturday afternoon).

Leave your cell phone at home.  Don’t get on the internet.  Stay away from your TV.

I’d be willing to bet that by doing this you’ll end up spending a lot less money than you would otherwise – unless of course you escape your electronics by spending six hours at the mall!

So, on that note, have a great weekend and I’ll write more on Monday!

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{ 4 comments }

me August 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Or maybe, just maybe, we could not be retarded and continue to use our devices. You wont escape ads just by turning off electronics. How about just having some self control.

Jesus Christ..

Brian Carr August 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Relax, buddy. Yes, I understand you’re not going to escape ads by turning off electronics, however, doesn’t it seem to be the medium with which most ads are sent. I also understand that having self control is the single biggest factor in avoiding needless spending. However, it probably helps people to control their “I need to spend money” impulses by avoiding being bombarded by advertisements.

Are you cranky because you’re going through electronics withdrawal?

me August 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Aside from maybe a magazine. Ever opened on of those? there are probably more ads than content.

What are people going to do on their electronic-less weekends? Go for a drive? Billboard ads. Read a magazine? Full page ads. Get out of your house and do something? Well, if you feel like doing anything remotely cool, it’s probably going to involve spending money.

I’m just saying, your premise of your argument is unsound.

As a side note, I’m surprised you responded so quickly. This is the weekend after all. Shouldn’t you be away from your electronics?

Brian Carr August 22, 2011 at 5:46 am

You really can’t think of free things to do? Go for a jog, go to a park, have friends over and grill out, go to the library, etc. Sure there is an element of some cost in here (food, gasoline) but the point is you’re not going out and buying useless crap you don’t really need.

And yes, you’re right, the first response came on Saturday, so I did get on my computer. Slightly hypocritical.

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