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Just a Second

We do so many things automatically. And, that's probably a good thing. Can you imagine if you thought about every breath before you took it? Thankfully there are many things in life that we don't need to think about. That we can just do.

But, just as there are things that don't require any thought, some other things should be considered first. Spending money is one of them. Yes, I suppose that paying toll on a toll road (especially if you use one of those passes that allow you to just drive through) shouldn't take a lot of thought. But, even that expense should be recognized. And, the other expenses in our day, too.

Why should we consider those expenses? Because by recognizing them we learn about ourselves. Who we are. How we're going through life. We might also learn that we've taken on some unnecessary expenses.

So take a moment to recognize what's happening today when you spend money. You don't need to go into deep, trance-like thought. Just a few seconds to notice what's going on with you and your finances.

 

This post originally appeared in Financial Independence. FI is a daily message designed to help people take control of their financial lives. To find out more check out the Financial Independence page.

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For more than 25 years, Gary Foreman has worked to manage money effectively. Prior to starting The Dollar Stretcher, he was a financial planner and purchasing manager. While helping clients manage their hard earned money as a financial planner, he applied commonsense, time-tested techniques during the turbulent 1980’s. The experience convinced him that you didn’t need to hit the lottery to accumulate significant wealth. Following that, Gary had an opportunity to learn more about how to get the best value for a dollar spent in the corporate world. As the Purchasing Manager for a computer manufacturer, he was responsible for supervising over $10 million in annual purchases. Gary began The Dollar Stretcher website <www.TheDollarStretcher.com> and newsletters in April 1996. Over 300,000 readers benefit from the time and money saving ideas presented in The Dollar Stretcher newsletters each week. His mission is to help people "Live Better for Less". He also provides private label newsletters for companies wishing to provide money saving information for their clients and/or prospects. Gary lives in Florida along with his wife of thirty years and their two children. Much of his time is spent working with the men's ministry of his church. One of their ongoing projects is the "Holy Smoke BBQ" which sells bbq on Friday nights with the profits going to support local foster kids and orphans. When he has a free moment you’ll find him restoring a Checker station wagon nicknamed “Two Ton” or cruising in a '65 Impala SS Convertible with doo-wops playing in the background.

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Gary is a former financial planner and purchasing manager who edits The Dollar Stretcher website <www.stretcher.com> and newsletters. You can follow Gary on Twitter.com/gary_foreman
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