Throughout our lives we make tens of thousands of purchasing decisions-some more thought out than others.
Knowing the difference between our "wants" and "needs" is an important part of learning to manage our money in a mindful and empowered way. It's easy to spend money. What can be more challenging is money spending in a way that is truly attuned with our values and desires.
One simple way to guide conscious spending is to get super clear on our needs and wants, and actually list them all out on paper:
NEEDS are the essentials-the basics of life that you must have to survive: food, shelter, clothing, health care, etc.
WANTS are basically everything else: eating out, entertainment, travel, gifts, gym membership, luxury consumer brands etc.