Before I make a purchase*, I’ve learnt to ask myself the question – “Do I want it or need it?”
Wants are fleeting and rarely lead to purchase satisfaction after the fact.
Needs, on the other hand, have high return-on-investment.
Differentiating between our wants and needs has the potential to step change our post-purchase satisfaction and happiness.
It certainly has done that for me.
*This question tends to be most helpful for purchases on the internet because of how easy it is to part with your money. :-)