In this month’s Guidepost, there were two great questions to ask before you buy anything.
"Do we really need this?"
"Is there another option?"
(The Cheapskates Guide to Happiness by Mark Savage)
I especially love the second question. So often we buy things we think we "need" without questioning if there is another option. Like borrowing, renting, finding something in the house that might work, getting it used, checking out freecycle, or bartering. I love that there are more options besides buying something new.