Learning to Shop Wisely - The Rule of 3!

Written by Nikki Willhite

When I was taking my Interior Design classes in college, in one of my classes I was given a special project. We were to go downtown shopping. We were to buy something for a small amount of money. It could be anything, but it had to be able to serve 3 purposes.

It was interesting to see allrepparttar different objects people purchased, and their explanations on how they could be used. Most of all, it was a great lesson in creativity and versatility.

I call itrepparttar 101878 Rule of Three. If you can find three uses for something you want to buy, it will never be wasted.

Our pioneer ancestors, who had to be frugal by necessity, followed this rule. Everything in their home was used, worn out, or recycled, and served as many purposes as possible.

An example of this is their eating table. It was called their Harvest Table. The wood was only finished nicely on one side. They did this so that inrepparttar 101879 fall, whenrepparttar 101880 crops came in, they could takerepparttar 101881 table outside, turn it over, and place their precious bounty of crops on it for sorting and cutting.

We do not facerepparttar 101882 same challenges as our ancestors. However, we have our own obstacles to rein in our spending. We are bombarded from every direction with temptations to overspend and go into debt.

One ofrepparttar 101883 easiest ways to waste money is inrepparttar 101884 needless, or impulse spending on clothing. Our society is extremely visual. We place far too much importance on our looks and clothing. Trying to keep up with fashion is very expensive.

However, with proper planning, we can keep this expense down. A few well-chosen clothes can go a long way. For instance, if you buy a dress, there is not a lot of versatility. However, if you buy a sweater, you can find many uses for it. You can wear it casually with pants, or dress it up with a skirt. It can also just be worn for warmth. It meetsrepparttar 101885 Rule of Three.

An object like a glass bowl has many uses. You can use it for food, either serving or preparation. You can fill it with fruit and use it decoratively on your countertop or table. You can fill it with potpourri. You can even throw up in it when you are sick!

Same thing for a simple basket. I'm sure you could come up with a dozen uses, from yarn to bills, magazines to food, floral arrangements to endless storage ideas. What could be more versatile?


Written by Rhoberta Shaler

Have you ever taken an acting class and been challenged to imagine as many uses as possible for some simple household object? It is a wonderful exercise in creativity. Try it. Go torepparttar kitchen, find a tool you use every day and imagine all possible uses for it. Well, that seems to me to berepparttar 101877 gist of this quote. It is creative to find new ways of doing things usingrepparttar 101878 resources we have at hand.

A short while ago, I was having a conversation with a good friend. She was telling me that she was about to commit to a network marketing company and that she was sure that she had foundrepparttar 101879 perfect career. It was terrific to hearrepparttar 101880 certainty and excitement in her voice. She went on, however, to tell me that now, before even signingrepparttar 101881 paper to begin, she needed a new apartment with a separate room for an office, a fax machine, a new printer and other office fixtures. Why? Because, to her, this was what it would take to be successful. I suggested that small steps might be more empowering than large debt...perhaps she could userepparttar 101882 things she has until growing is warranted.

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