Money Saving Quote: By definition, saving – for anything – requires us to not get things now so that we can get bigger ones later.

Jean Chatzky Quote

“By definition, saving – for anything – requires us to not get things now so that we can get bigger ones later.” ~ Jean Chatzky

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  • I agree. It’s a basic definition but it applies. This is what I often tell my kids when they beg for me to get them the latest smart phones or Apple products. I give them this reasoning and it always works for some reason. I was quite a bit surprised at first because children don’t usually have the patience or foresight to appreciate this advice.

  • Wow, when I read this I felt emotionally stirred by the fact that I can relate to it so much! I always try and save till I get the bigger thing in my life, whether it’s actually saving money or time, or saving a lot of other things metaphorically, you will get it bigger!

  • Eh. My savings are something like — not buying things now, so I can gt them later, when they are cheap. I usually don’t buy bigger. XD I just buy small, old, cheap stuff that I need. 😀

  • This is true, and I know of a lot of people who spend so much time saving for things that they forget to live in the present, and I always find that a little bit sad, to tell you the truth. Instead, I think that people should work on a certain proportion of their salary to save, and spend the rest of it, as this means that they are able to live as well as save, which has to be a good thing. When my bills have all been paid, I like to split whatever I have left 50/50 so that half can go into my savings and the rest can go for treats. If I have any left from my “treats” account by the next time I get paid, that goes into my savings with the rest of it. I find that it works rather well, to be honest!

  • Couldn’t agree with that statement more. I was brought up with “If you can’t pay for it in cash, you don’t need it that bad and if you do need it that bad, you’ll save for it.” So yes, if I want something that I think is really worth it, I will decide to not buy a lesser product and tighten my belt when it comes to others. For example I’ve been wanting a good quality purse for awhile now. The purses I usually buy are made of synthetic materials and it shows. Not only that but they tend to not stand up to wear and tear very well. I know my mother has had the same purse for over 15 years but hers is a good quality leather purse. So this time I swore I would bite the bullet and buy a quality handbag. Yes this meant cutting back on another expense in order to make room for the new purchase but it really wasn’t that hard. Rather than treat myself to buying a lot of things I don’t really need at a thrift store once or twice a month, I set the money that I figured I would spend, aside and then added it to the money I would normally spend on a cheap purse. In two months I had $100. saved. All I needed to do then was wait for a good sale to come up and voila, a quality handbag that I can take with me into the next decade. Sometimes it really pays to buy quality over quantity.

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