How good are you in making sacrifices in life?

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  1. Misskitty, Jul 21, 2014
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    Misskitty macrumors 6502

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    I wish i was as good as some people i know. Basically im in the process of sacrificing some of my prized possessions (some collectibles) cause i need to cut some of my expenses. Im basically living a life i cant afford. I have way too much money worth of electronics and collectibles in my house (a lot just sits here during the week unused) and not enough savings in my bank account.

    I want to eventually buy a house and stop paying rent and its been really bothering me the past 4 months knowing how much money worth of stuff i have in my apartment and it should be money in my bank account instead for a lot of these things. Like two ipads, i dont need both an ipad air AND rmini. I really dont want to sell it but i know its not needed. So my first sacrificed posession is the rmini, im keeping the air. Posted an ad for it last week and the buyer is buying it tonight. Was really not wanting to let it go but im Forcing myself cause it has to be done. Bye rmini.:(

    Next im downsizing my wardrobe, i have way too much clothing and taking some to the used clothing store.

    My goal is basically to spend a lot less time in the house on weekends with my toys and more time making money. Would like to find a second weekend job and devote more free time to gaining new skills so i can become a better person.

    So my question is, how good are you in making sacrifices in life? What would be your main motivation?
     
  2. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Self-report is probably not going to be accurate for this question.
     
  3. Shrink macrumors G3

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    You mean if I wrote something like...

    My life is sacrifice.

    I live to serve.

    I give...give....give...and never take!

    And I just downsized my sock drawer!

    ...you would question the accuracy and sincerity of my post?
     
  4. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    You'd have to talk at length of all the sweet coffee gear you're denying yourself.
     
  5. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Hey...there's sacrifice, and then there's SACRIFICE!

    I thought the sock drawer thing was pretty good...:eek:
     
  6. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus

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    Coffee invades yet another thread! #
     
  7. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    I'll take that as a warning and be on my way!:eek:
     
  8. OneMike macrumors 603

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    I'm good in this area. Remember by definition it's giving up something of value for something of MORE value. Remember that.
     
  9. palmerc2 macrumors 65832

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    I'm just about this close to getting rid of everything and moving to an island in the Caribbean for the rest of my life. I'd cook a few hours a day to make some money, and relax the rest of the time. This whole working for a living crap and dealing with managers isn't appealing to me, at all.

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    Is that enough sacrifice for you?
     
  10. dwfaust macrumors 601

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    Realistically, it’s good to deny present self in favor of your future self. Saving for the future is never a bad thing. Set goals and work to meet them.

    As a father of 6 (now grown) children and Papa to 16 grandchildren, I know a bit about 'sacrifice'. There are times, as parents, that we all make sacrifices for our family. At the same time, it’s important to make sure your family understands that sacrifices are necessary and being made without playing the "martyr" card. Having frank discussions about family finances, especially when times are tough, is important in instilling values in our kids.

    I don’t mean to get all "preachy", but my father taught me at an early age to be thrifty, to save for my future ("pay yourself first" he would say), and to not squander every penny I earned on something that would not last.
     
  11. sdilley14 macrumors 65816

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    I've never really been "good" at this sort of thing, but I'm getting better. I just made a similar "sacrifice" and sold my iPad as well recently. Between my MacBook Air and my iPhone, I just never used it. I couldn't justify having a $400+ piece of electronics sitting on my table, not being used. But beyond that, I have a surround sound system that is a bit overkill for my needs, I have more shoes/clothes than I really need, etc.

    What I've figured out is that the more time that I spend alone, the more I start buying up needless items (to fill a void I'm sure). The more time I spend with friends, doing things out of the house, dating, sharing time with females, the less I feel the need to accumulate "stuff". I don't think that this discovery is any type of coincidence.
     
  12. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    Have a kid. Making sacrifices becomes second nature once you have mini version of yourself to take care of.

    I used to buy a specialty lenses every year and a new DSLR every 2 years. But once Mini-Mousse came along, I haven't even looked the B&H catalog I receive every year. I've got plenty of pictures of Mini-Mousse growing up. I'm waiting on the day my 20D (nearly 10 years old:eek:) dies so I can get a new camera.
     
  13. sviato macrumors 68020

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    I'm not sure if selling unused electronics is a life sacrifice... :p
     
  14. chabig macrumors 601

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    You might be surprised, but there are still monthly payments to be made when you buy a house.
     
  15. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Surely you know the difference between rent payments and mortgage payments?
     
  16. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

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    Top tip is always live within your means.

    Don't buy two iPads if you don't need two and can't afford them.

    As a husband and father who supports his stay at home wife and daughter with special needs, I know a lot about of sacrifice. That said by earning extra (when I could) and some big sacrifices along the way, we were able to pay off our mortgage when I was still in my early 30's.
    That means I now have some left over money for some toys (see signature).

    Just always spend less than you earn, whatever you earn.
     
  17. chabig macrumors 601

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    Of course I do. One is paying for the use of a property. The other is paying toward ownership, with a large chunk added to service the debt. Both are money out of pocket. Sometimes renting makes more sense than buying.
     
  18. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Excellent!

    So perhaps you can understand from where some of her desire not to pay rent may be coming.
     
  19. r i c h macrumors member

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    Sometimes is the key word here. In the OP's case it's possible that purchasing a home makes more sense than renting; in your case it probably does not.
     
  20. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Very good; I am chuckling quietly……

    To the OP: I am not sure that the title of the thread conveys what I think the thread is all about; it is not so much about 'sacrifice' (what a deeply disturbing word, actually, it is one that raises my hackles) but about 'prioritising' choices and determining, as a result of the selected priorities, what monies (and time) can be afforded in a given context.

    Therefore, I don't see the question in terms of 'sacrifice' as much in terms of what it is one decides one really needs and making informed choices (financial and otherwise) based on that. Re electronic toys (and I am as guilty here as anyone), I think the key may lie in the cultivation of concept of deferred gratification. That doesn't mean 'no electronic toys'; it may mean no electronic toys this month, and perhaps, a down payment on one next month…..that sort of thing.
     
  21. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

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    I always saw it as 'one is paying somebody's else's mortgage, one is paying towards your own'

    The word Mortgage, literally means death grip!
     
  22. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Cut down on Starbucks, Eating out (yes, even $5-10 meals), cigarettes, alcohol, going out. It's amazing how much money you save by skipping these things. People tend to look at $5-$15 items as 'not a big deal' but generally add up to hundreds of dollars a month.
     

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