Managing your money has a lot to do with control. It helps to feel in-charge of your financial plan, even if that plan includes paying off debt. Stephanie of Six Figures Under says she avoids the phrase “I can’t afford” for precisely this reason.
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The phrase “I can’t afford ___” has always been an awkward one for me. I avoid saying “I can’t afford ___,” not because of what it reveals about our finances, but because it’s negative, makes me the victim, and solicits financial advice. I also think there are psychological benefits of changing what you say.
Instead, Stephanie says she chooses to say, “I don’t want to spend money on _____.” Words can have a big impact on your mindset. And, as we know, personal finance has a lot to do with your mindset. Check out Stephanie’s full post for more detail.
Why I don’t say “We can’t afford that.” [Six Figures Under]