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.)
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!