Fancy terms are tossed around for those who reach some impressive goal. Will-power, strength, perseverance, forcefulness and might. Awesomeness!
These are good and make for excellent attributes of world leaders and super heroes.
What you need to save money is more along the lines of a monk (or Jedi knights); patience, flexibility, willingness to compromise, teamwork and collaboration.
Set Boundaries and Win
But above all you need boundaries. The ability to say no to others and yourself.
Boundaries are the super power of paying for private school.
Indeed, the best way to save money for a higher purpose is to not spend it on a million other valuable things. To resist the impulses bouncing around in your 3 lb. brain driving you to get this (I might need it), visit that (it would be a great experience) or eat those (I need the energy).
Become comfortable with not having the best of everything. Give your self permission to being disliked. You will find life much less stressful as a side benefit.
Get this Book
Get this book: Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, to Take Control of Your Life – Slightly Imperfect.
Fair warning it has a slightly religious tilt (which I like).
Did you catch what just happened?
Wait A Minute
If you are new to this this whole frugality thing you probably thought “I need this now!” and were tempted to click on the link to purchase it. Slow down. Go pick it up at the library or at least purchase a used copy.
Slow down. Let it stew. You didn’t know about it a minute ago. Meditate.
And while you are at the library or borrowing books from Amazon pick up The Psychology of Persuasion so you know how to catch yourself next time someone presents their problem (I need to sell books) as yours (you need to buy this book).
There you go – together we just saved $40 in under 60 seconds.
Was that so hard?
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