Rarely. I wouldn't be human if I didn't stumble sometimes. At this stage in my life it is much easier to get the wants and the needs. When I was raising children their needs always came first. There were struggles cause money was often very tight but we always seems to have what we needed and there was a lot of love and faith.
I use to be able to have both. Now, after my layoff, "needs" always take precedence over "wants". In fact, few "wants" are considered at this time. I don't use a credit card and if it's not in my checking account, it won't happen. It's not a hardship, however, as I have been operating this way for quite a few years. I do not want to get into a situation through an emergency of any kind where I cannot afford medical care or maintenance for my car. It would be very shortsighted to allow an extraneous item make having a necessity out of reach.
I think people want what they need, or at least I do. I can't think of an example of where I've chosen to buy something I wanted over something I needed (at least knowingly).
That said, I am quite bad at prioritising my shopping lists!
I put what I believe is best for my children and our family as a whole above both my personal wants and needs.
On rare occasion but I have reached the age where it gives me pleasure to have what I need and I don't want a lot of "things."
I think we have a tendency to do the things we want, however, in order to survive, we need to do the things we "need" like paying our bills, going to work to get paid, maintaining our vehicles, cooking meals for our families, and obligations. We want to do is only measured by the amount of time we have in a day for recreation, watching a movie, going out with friends, and it's a good idea to have some wants and needs each day, make it both a balance. It's like when a man works all day and has no play, makes him feel discontent.
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