How To Stop Buying Stuff

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I'm giving up buying unnecessary fish stuff for Lent and I'm already having trouble lol. The problem is I keep saying to myself that this plant or that plant would look great and grow fast, only to get rid of it a week later. I've probably wasted upwards of 500 dollars in the past 4 months. As a high school student working part time, this is terrible. I've tried appealing to my OCD tendencies and making rules of what to get, but I can't seem to make that work. How do I stop? Please I'm out of control lol. I'll be broke 24/7 if I don't get this under control.
Thanks in advance! Hopefully this helps others too!
 

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Being broke is probably the best way to stop buying fish stuff. Buy a race car and I guarantee you will never have any money for fish. Well no money for anything actually.
 

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Start paying bills lol... Sorry that's the mom in me coming out. Seriously though, if you have a job and you are responsible, enjoy that you have the disposable income to do it for now. Or put it towards setting up a tank for one of your teachers Or go back and set one up for your 5th grade teacher
 

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Let me know too!
I have a 5gal with airpump, co2, ph control, 5l canister filter, automated water changes, dosing pump and RO filter... oh and some fish
 

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more than 5 years into this hobby and I'm still trying to figure that out lol I can't fit one more plant in my 10 gallon nano yet I alwaus go to the store and feel like I have to buy more plants for it and squeeze it in every corner
 

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I'm not sure how it's even possible to so thoroughly destroy a live plant in only one week that it needs to be thrown away. Are you using a blowtorch on them? My new plants usually take a few weeks to "melt", as the common term seems to be used, and then they typically come back with strong new growth. It would take me months to decide that a plant was well and truly toast.

But don't sweat it. You are, I presume, living in your parents' home? Once you have your own place, and your own bills to pay, a man named Charles Darwin will guarantee that you will either learn to be thrifty...or you will be eaten.
 

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A budget would be helpful, but it does take self-discipline, as I know personally. I keep a list of what I make and what I spend. It took some getting used to but once I had a solid idea of income & outcome, I knew what I could afford. I keep two spending accounts -- one for the predictable expenses in life, the other for "casual" spending. When I am paid (every fortnight) I refill my casual spending account. Once that is gone -- it's gone till the next paycheck. Like I said, it takes discipline to get used to, but I really like knowing I can afford to spend on my hobby without breaking the bank or running low on living expenses. It's a marriage saver, too, incidentally.... but you don't have that to worry about. Yet.
 

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When I lived at home I "paid" my parents "rent" for living there. They just put it in a savings account. Helped wonders towards the down payment on my house.
 

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david1978 said:
Being broke is probably the best way to stop buying fish stuff. Buy a race car and I guarantee you will never have any money for fish. Well no money for anything actually.
Yes, I bought a boat, that helps too!
 

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Just add up all the money you've spent on fish, tanks, and equipment. Then think of everything else you could do with that amount of money
 

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Look at the big picture. Do you want more fish stuff that's going to get wasted, or save the money for a future expense, like that $200 polo shirt you always wanted. The bigger picture, buddy. I hope this was enlightening.
 
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The plants don't die, I just spend too much time obsessing and change my mind. I'm also very impatient, which is a bad quality to have in this hobby, I know. I think I need consequences for myself with a third party to enforce.
Magicpenny75 I pay gas for my car, cell phone, my portion of insurance, and clothes. Yet somehow, I still manage to have extra money lol.
Thanks for the replies everyone. I'll let you know when I either break or go insane lol. There is one thing left I need to get for some daphnia, and I have to go to my lfs to get it, so pray for me. I shall be tested...it's for a bleed valve to keep them from turning into lil kites because the bubbler is too powerful.
 
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CleaHelena said:
So simple, and yet so hard.
What is making me feel better is that I kicked my video gaming problem. Been clean for a month now lol. If I can do that, I can do this...I think.
 

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Donovan Jones said:
So simple, and yet so hard.
What is making me feel better is that I kicked my video gaming problem. Been clean for a month now lol. If I can do that, I can do this...I think.
Piece of cake homey. Just know what you are going to get ahead of time and stick to the plan. Grocery stores are my weakness.
 
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CleaHelena said:
Piece of cake homey. Just know what you are going to get ahead of time and stick to the plan. Grocery stores are my weakness.
I have to go past the tanks too. I'll just do what I do in haunted house rides...cover my eyes and repeat there's no place like home over and over
 

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Oh my gosh. If you can figure out the secret to this, you would be god-like. Just this week, I bought a 10, and two 20 longs because of the DPG sale! Ack!
 

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Donovan Jones said:
I'm giving up buying unnecessary fish stuff for Lent and I'm already having trouble lol. The problem is I keep saying to myself that this plant or that plant would look great and grow fast, only to get rid of it a week later. I've probably wasted upwards of 500 dollars in the past 4 months. As a high school student working part time, this is terrible. I've tried appealing to my OCD tendencies and making rules of what to get, but I can't seem to make that work. How do I stop? Please I'm out of control lol. I'll be broke 24/7 if I don't get this under control.
Thanks in advance! Hopefully this helps others too!
I have the same problem lol. I want to buy fish stuff on Amazon and when I run into Walmart and I'm an adult with a full time job. I guess I have to delete my Amazon and try not to go in the fish isles at stores lol. It could be worse things your addicted to. Good luck to you.
 

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Self control and a spouse who is all about budgeting for things that pay back, such as cattle another farm another tractor... Lol when he sits down and goes over long term plans I feel a bit dumb to be spending our mutually earned money on fish... But.. I still do some I just try to keep it under a certain dollar amount every month!!
 

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