Every time I shop for something, I always ask myself the following question: is it really something I need or is it rather something I want. There is a difference between need and want. If I really need to buy something, I usually make sure to get that item. If I realize that I want something but do not really need it, I try to postpone the purchase. I prefer to give priority to my needs over wants. That way I have more control over my spending. My wants should never become more important to me than my wants.