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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

"Headphones for deaf Ears"- buying what you don't need!


An illustration of how many people end up buying what they don't need (can't use?!)
Foreword:
You may have received this forward, attributed to 'an old man with old thoughts'. (If you have, please skip to bottom of post).
"LATELY, I have been thinking a lot about the Lehman crisis. Spending money that they didn't have and going beyond their means is one of the main reasons for their situation today. In fact that is the cause for the current economic crisis in the US.
When I see all this happening, I can only remember the good old days. Then, karz was bad. People looked down upon those who took loans. Parents would not give their daughter's hand in marriage to a man with loans.

But of course, the times have changed now. Everyone I know has a loan. The buzz word is EMI (equated monthly installment). Today, you can buy everything on EMI - a house, a television, an i-Pod. In fact I know of someone who just bought a fancy BMW 3 series on EMI, instead of buying a cheaper car outright with cash. I mostly prefer to take public transport, but then I am an old man with old thoughts!

Anyway, coming back to what caused the crisis. Imagine having Rs 2 lakh in your bank account, no regular income, yet buying a house worth Rs 65 lakh, in the hope of selling it for a higher price. Even if the price of the house fell by just 5 per cent (that is Rs 3 lakh), you will go bankrupt.

This is what Lehman Brothers did; with around USD 20 billion they went and bought assets worth over USD 600 billion. Isn't it suicidal and simply foolish?
I am sure things would have been different, had I been the head of Lehman brothers. But who wants an old conservative man like me to head a complex financial institution.

But there are a few lessons that we can learn:
1. Live a balanced life and avoid overspending.
2. Don’t buy things we don't need.
3. Don't buy Branded good's.
4. Don’t buy excess Food, Cloths, Cosmetics, Footwear, electronics and
Fashion accessories just think before you buy.
Tip: World still has a lot of growth ahead and the future holds immense opportunities for us. Let us make the most of it and save and invest it wisely instead of wasting our precious little on things we don't need.
5. Try to balance life with work (No one is happy to work in their (profession's).
6. Don't stress out your self, after work try to do some extra activities like swimming, yoga, walking, running where you can divert your mind from stress.
A thumb rule: Health is more important than money.
7. Try to understand each other (Wife and Husband) in financial matters and help each other.
Tip: As soon as you get your monthly salary, set aside a fixed amount, usually 35 per cent, for insurance, savings and investments. You can then spend the rest.
8. Not all loans are bad. Loans that are 'need based' (home loans, education loans) can always find a place in your finances against those that are largely 'want based' (Credit cards, personal loans, car loans).
9. Borrow only if repayment is financially comfortable.
A thumb rule: Keep EMIs within 35 to 45 per cent of your monthly income

In that respect, there is one American who I really respect – WARREN BUFFET. He has lived in the same ordinary house for over three decades, drives his own medium sized car and leads an extremely regular 'middle class' life. If that's all it takes for the richest person on earth to be happy, why do all of us need to take extra stress just so that we can get things which aren't even essential?
"

Read on -
The above message was dutifully forwarded to a cousin - an epitome of ante-1,2,3,4,5,6,7 above
(He's too busy to read blog posts, I'm sure)
He confessed - "Superb article….you should have sent it a couple of days back….I would have saved 800 Rs which I spent on a panasonic headphone….:( "

No marks for guessing who wrote this: "Of course when the same advice came from the wife before that unnecessary headphone was billed - it fell on deaf ears!! Headphone for deaf ears - what an absolute waste."

So I supplement old gentleman's message with 'QED'!
Pic courtesy - by kind permission of Webradio

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5 Comments:

Blogger RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

What a wise man!
I agree with EVERYTHING he says.

11 November, 2008  
Blogger Kat said...

Mr Buffet is a person to be emulated. And he does a lot of charity too.

13 November, 2008  
Blogger Indrani said...

I got this mail forward too. Never read it completely. :P (yes, shame on me)
I will keep this in mind.

13 November, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Raji, Kat, Indrani
Interesting to see that this kind of accumulation is seen as an act of violence - see Living a simple life

17 November, 2008  
Blogger Kat said...

Yday was glancing thro' the hindu and this article did catch my eye..!!! This Usha Jesudasan's website is touching, with her husband (who had dedicated his life for caring Leprosy affected people) being terminally ill and they together looking on bravely ahead. Heart rendering.

17 November, 2008  

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