Financial wisdom from a woman of faith

Impulse Purchases//Proverbs 14:29//Wisdom Wednesday

Proverbs 14:29 (NKJV)

He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, But he who is impulsive exalts folly.

Have you ever been there?  You wake up with that ugly feeling.  Buyers remorse.  You wonder what came over you when you suddenly said yes and spent that $___.  For some it’s a new car, a new purse, a ticket to an event or even a soda at the checkout aisle. That was me recently!  I walked out of the CVS with a drink that cost me $2…not a big deal and it didn’t bust my budget.  But I still realized when I got to the car that impulse had taken over and I didn’t even pause to use my understanding in that moment of choice.

It happens to all of us.  And it especially happens more often and in larger amounts when you have not devised a financial plan (a budget) or when you are not using that budget as your boundary markers.  This wisdom in God’s word reminds us – impulse leads to folly! What’s folly?  A lack of good sense.  Careless in our judgement.

So next time, take it slow.  Sleep on it.  Step away from it for a second.  Pause.  Then choose.  I leave you with this “song” from the kids show, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, “Think about what you’re going to do, then make the choice that is right for you.”

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