Know What You Need

Control Your Needs

Know what you Need:Work out your objective first and then decide on the solution.

Do you need a car, or do you need transport?

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Overall Decision

Don't Do It!
Think Again
Go For It

Is your need properly dictated by your objective?

Question the Circumstances:Work out what caused the need in the first place, maybe changing something else would be more effective.

Do you need a new shelf to store your all your unread magazines, or do you need to cancel a few subscriptions?

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Does your solution cure causes rather than the symptoms?

Perhaps you could Procrastinate:Consider the whens and the how longs. Do you need it now, or is there a better time to buy? What are the short and long term effects on your budget

If you need new summer clothes, do you really need them this summer? Could you wait until the sales at the end of summer to buy them for next year?

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Is now the best time to buy it?

Get Personal:Determine whether you need it or whether you want it.

How much of the attraction is dictated by fashion?

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Is this something you really need?

Think outside the Boxed:Don't be railroaded into needing the solution that the marketplace provides, brainstorm other ways of tackling the problem.

Do you really need to turn the heating up, or would an extra jumper do just as well?

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Is buying your only option?

Compare the Costs:Don't forget that the real costs include operating, maintenance and resale.

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Is this really the most cost-effective solution?