I remember Monopoly as a game that would last forever. As kids we would start a game one day and end it the next. Well, when I met Trent that all changed. Being the salesman that he is, he is a haggler (and very good at it might I add) and wins every time we play.
A few weeks ago my sister came over and we played. When we began I decided that I was going to try to play strategically like Trent does. I was doing great and had plenty of properties with a good income. Then I landed on Trent’s properties that had hotels. I didn’t have enough money to pay the rent and made a rash decision to sell Boardwalk as my rent. It all went downhill from there.
If I had taken just a moment to survey my properties, houses and money I would have been able to pay the rent and not sell Boardwalk, thus keeping me in the game longer. As I thought about our game, I realized that life decisions are like playing Monopoly. There have been many times when I’ve made a rash decision or impulse buy and regretted it later.
When I need to make a large purchase I commit to think about it for twenty-four hours. This keeps me from making an impulse buy and wasting money that I don’t need to. How do you keep yourself from making impulse buys?