Meditate on these couple of questions. As tough as you’re working and striving to earn a living the best way that you can, is your income or business profit proportional to the skills and effort you put into the work? Does your paycheck measure up to the amount of time you surrender?
At the end of a period in time, would you confidently beat your chest and affirm that most of what you have desired and craved for, you can afford to get them? That they have been satisfied by capitalizing on your hard-earned money?
That you have been monetarily rewarded justly for your contributions in your workplace, business or skilled profession, and you don’t see any reason for the mass economy outcry?
Can we really not afford our expenditures?
Let’s face it. Some of us – students dependent on allowances, middle-class (wo)men and average income earners, business owners – may have our offline or online wishlist as high as the ceiling, year in – year out, with barely any sign of subtractions, but more of additions. Back-to-back list of non-resolved wishes, untouched desires and unfulfilled needs.
The primary source of income may not always be sufficient to cover all the yearnings. Perhaps the consumables may be provided for, and quite the integral commodities (for decent comfort) could be satisfied.
But if you have to judge your living standard according to your tastes and desires, it is very likely that you’re not 100% satisfied with all that is around you, and you wish there was something else.
You’re not greedy if you want stuff you can’t afford
You could want more “something” and it doesn’t have to be irrelevant. It could be for an added comfort (eg. softer mattress), better protection (eg. insecticide), improved atmosphere (eg. air freshener, houseplants), sturdier furniture (eg. reading table), aesthetics (picture frames), etc
It’s awful when we work hard or manage our resources carefully, yet cannot afford all the things we desire without breaking the bank. Or still have to pinch way through some items so it doesn’t get used up quickly.
What you need to do to get things you cannot afford
There are common items around the house which you don’t need to pull out your savings for, especially when you live alone, or in a small place.
A person can have tweaks made to a semi-desirable material to successfully transform it into a highly desirable one. Or just build an object from scratch that fits your desire using an alternative material.
Either ways, to make it feasible, getting things you cannot afford, you would need to have a clear picture, the right substance to utilize, flexibility and leisure of sacrificial time. Here’s little detail on what each entails.
#1 A Clear Picture: There’s no particular skill involved. This is only about knowing what you want and not necessarily how to get it. This step is crucial as it would direct your agenda subsequently.
Here, you have to understand what you wish to have, a clear definition of the image in your mind. It doesn’t matter if it appears absurd or improbable. More so, it shouldn’t matter whether or not you can afford it.
What do you want to have that you don’t have already, or what do you want to have that is not available in your country or in humanity? Paint a clear picture of it in your mind, with as much details as you can contour.
In this phase, it’s possible for questions to still swim through your mind, but you must arrive at an answer before a next step can begin. It’s like being an architect designing your own home. To begin the actual work, a design must be complete and ready.
#2 The Right Substance to Utilize: This is when you gather the tools required for the job. If possible, lots of research should be made. Google may be effective, or shadowing or Youtube videos. If you’re not Pinterest savvy, you may be at a little disadvantage here.
By any means possible, once you have a clear image of the objective, you can find similar representations on the web if you dig enough. There are hardly any new inventions.
Most technologies (recent and former) are ideas that are derivatives of nature, and/or modifications. (eg. airplane from the idea of birds, car from animal transport means, toilet from pit handling, etc)
So it’s very possible your clear picture may already exist out there in the world and you could be lucky enough to find it deposited somewhere in the internet. Or it could be a modification of what already exists and luckily, there is the phenomenon of makeshift crafts.
The solution lies in the actual use of the research tools. If you can find the right one, then you can save money kapish.
Also, there are domestic tools that are naturally needed for most tweaks to be successful. And if the actual tool is unavailable, there are alternatives.
The idea is to spend lesser than what you’d spend originally for the item you cannot afford, so as not to defeat the purpose of the activity. Simply put, it’s not advisable to buy tools and materials which could eventually sum up to the amount you could have spent on the item anyways.
#3 Flexibility: This goes without saying. You need to be susceptible to a lot of basic discomfort. Standing too long, holding up an item too high, bending too far into a hard-to-reach area, kneeling for long periods.
Getting stuck on research. Having to go back and forth on a particular design. Getting your hands dirty, staying up late or waking too early. Eating some portions of food alone (to use the other portion for work improvisations). And many more uncomfortable activities.
Resilience is key component at this phase.
#4 Time: You can have as much flexibility as water, with mighty big picture and all of the right materials to start building, but if you never create an opportunity to actually begin the project, you would never get that item you need.
This might in-fact be one of the most important steps, as without lending hours out of our busy schedule into making tangible what we wish to have, then we may never have it.
In another post I’ll share some examples of items we can makeshift around the apartment, that could have originally cost us quite some money, but end up costing only some change and a few minutes!