In This Chapter
- Need and want are very different
- Recognizing your financial needs
- Taking care of the most important needs first
- Considering things that you want
- Conducting periodic financial reality checks
It’s easy to look around at your friends and neighbors and notice that they seem to have more than you do. Maybe they have bigger houses with nicer furnishings—perhaps even swimming pools or tennis courts. There’s a new car parked in the driveway, while you’re trying to figure out if your old sedan will make it through another winter.
Of course, you and your husband did take that great ski vacation last winter to celebrate your twentieth wedding anniversary. And you’ve managed to get two of your three kids ...