Thank you comet, for the comment about getting books from public libraries rather than buying them in response to this post about ways to save money. Shamefully I didn't think of that considering I used to work in one!
Thank you to all my Twitter / FB friends and family for reading and commenting there. It's good to know that I'm not responseible for the page views.
One of the slogans used by the Access credit card was, "Take the waiting out of wanting". Creating the "gotta have it now, I deserve it" generation. I'm one. I racked up a credit card debt of £6,000 and paid it off a bit at a time. It may not sound like a lot, but it was a lot to me. I still have the final bill showing the zero balance.
Wish lists put the waiting back into wanting.
Money is for wants and needs. Needs are things necessary to live - housing costs; food; utility bills etc. Where that line is drawn is up to you, but I try to draw it fairly tight. Any money left after needs goes towards savings and wants.
Wants is everything else. Clothes, coffee whilst out, new things etc. There is so much money for wants each month, but usually more wants than money. Wish lists are a great way to keep wants in check. Mine is on my phone, It's a list of all the lovely things I'd like to buy for me, Rev T or the Tubblet.
Wish lists help keep things in perspective. One new item may not look quite so fabulous compared to something else. Or it'll help confirm it's this rather than that. Or neither. That money is better saved for later rather than spent.
As well as helping the books balance, it also prevents over consumption. "Do I really need another ..." Living gently. The end game is that each and every purchase is something that's really wanted and will be used.
Being honest, once an impulse shopper, always an impulse shopper. Wish lists help keep spending in check. Only iron self control prevents an outbreak of Viv Nicholson style, Spend, Spend, Spend in Westfield. But, when you have a wobble, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, remind yourself why you're doing this and start all over again.