Chloe Morgane - Kindle Books about Finances

Update on the Useless Stuff

I felt I needed to write an update on the Useless Stuff challenge because as November is ending soon, I’m struggling not to buy anything, and I failed.

The other day, I was browsing YouTube videos, and you know how it goes: you watch something, but your eyes are constantly straying to the “recommended for you” section.

So I clicked on another video about a girl who saved 100 000$ in a little over 3 years without a 6 figure salary. She explains in detail how she did it, but I couldn’t watch the full video at that moment because she mentioned a book that changed her finances.

Of course, I’m all pumped up because who wouldn’t want to save $100,000 in about 3 years? I want to know the secrets that she found in the book.

Chloe Morgane - Smart Woman Finish Rich

I headed over to Amazon, and searched for Smart Women Finish Rich. I immediately pressed the “Add to Cart” button. Had it been a Kindle book, I would’ve failed my buy-no-shit-November challenge.

I thought about all the books I already own on the subject of finance. I opened my Kindle app on my MacBook, and searched for “money”, “finance”, “frugal”,”rich”, and “wealth”. I created a collection from the results, and ended up with 34 books to add to my new “Money” collection! I’m sure there are more books that didn’t come out in the search results because the Kindle app searches only titles and authors, not categories.

Wow! I bought 34 books related to finance, and I’m still not a millionaire!!! 😛

Chloe Morgane - 34 Kindle Books About Finances

The thing is, I read only 7 out of the 34 books. One more isn’t going to make me wealthier. All I need to do is read the books I already have. Even better would be to reread the books, learn the lessons, and apply them to my finances.

That was the first time I almost failed at my challenge since I’ve made that IKEA list.

A few days ago, I convinced myself I needed a new camera and lens to shoot my videos. It shoots in 4K, is smaller and lighter than my GH3, and, well… It’s new! I had it in my Amazon cart along with one of the lenses I’ve been dreaming of. I was this close to purchasing it, but I remembered my challenge, and quickly closed the browser’s tab. I avoided a second failure.

But my impulses got the best of me yesterday.

Chloe Morgane - I Bought Word Hero

Every week, I receive an email with book deals from BuckBooks. It’s so easy and cheap to get great reads when you’re subscribed to the newsletter. I succumbed to the temptation after scrolling through the list of all the yummy books they offered me. 1.99$ later, I realized what I’d done. I didn’t even think, I mindlessly pushed the “Buy Now” button.

I didn’t make a big deal out of my failure, but I learned the lesson. If I don’t want to do something, e.g. eat that cake, buy that book, mindlessly scroll my Facebook timeline, I must eliminate my exposure to it.

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I still have 6 days left in my challenge. I must stay vigilant. The buying impulse is sneaky, and the best way to not give in is to stay away from temptations.

9 thoughts on “Update on the Useless Stuff”

  1. I have the same problem and everything I buy is $2,000 or more.

    I enjoy reading your thoughts on life. I’d like to hear your thoughts on self-love, spirituality, courage, connection and compassion.

  2. Try not to beat yourself up too much. Anyone that says they never yield to temptation is not being honest. I’ve always been a little skeptical of those “How to get rich” books anyway. My common sense tells me it’s not as simple as these books say, and involves some degree of luck.

    1. I’m not beating myself up, I’m sharing my experiment. Sharing the details helps me see clearly and honestly where I can improve.

      Ramit Sethi’s website and book, I Will Teach You to be Rich, and Jacob’s website and book, Early Retirement Extrem, are two of the best personal financial books/websites out there. I’ve included many of the information they teach to my own finances. I’m not a millionaire, but I have good money habits, thanks to them.

      1. I know you’re “sharing your experiment”, as you put it. The expression, “Try not to beat yourself up too much”, is not meant to be taken literally, or even that seriously. It is simply a good natured way of responding to your statement, ” But my impulses got the best of me yesterday”.
        On the subject of personal finance, I was damn lucky. Since both of my parents were raised during the Great Depression of the 1930’s, their example, when I was growing up, was all the teaching I needed when it came to the subject of personal finance. It was obvious to me they had mastered the 2 things necessary for good $ management: impulse control and knowing the difference between wants and needs. I realize that “wants and needs” are a matter of opinion, but you “get my drift”, as we said in 60’s. Working AGAINST good $ management, is ADVERTISING, which implies that if you buy a certain product, it will make you happy, popular, irresistible to the opposite sex, etc. Good luck, Ms. Chloe, and thanks for taking the time to read my comment.

  3. If you’re looking for any inspiration, comedian/actor Bobby Llewellyn (Kryton in Red Dwarf, if you’re wondering) documented a year of not buying anything through YouTube videos. Series is called ‘Making Do’ (and, inevitably, he ended up writing a book about it. Check some ramblings here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzKxpk7MPvg

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