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Needs vs. Wants

In today’s society, there are many, many things that we feel we need.  But in reality, many of those things are not needed, they are wanted.  To be clear, there is nothing wrong with wanting things!  In this episode of Financial Clarity for Doctors, Rachelle and Corey will chat about how to differentiate between needs and wants in your life to help keep things in perspective.

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This can apply in many areas of our lives including:

  • Housing – Yes, we all need a roof over our heads. But beyond that, how much house do you really need?
  • Transportation – Many people need a vehicle to get around in these days of suburban sprawl, but the kind of car you need is likely very basic (and not new).
  • Even food – Yes, we all need to eat, but you can spend a dramatically different amount of money on groceries depending on where and how you shop. Depending on where you live, even lower cost grocery stores offer some of the same high-quality foods.


There is nothing wrong with spending money on things that you want and enjoy.  Where we run into trouble is when we overspend by telling ourselves we need something that we don’t.  Housing is a great example, where we can decide we “need” a 2,500 square foot home when a 1,700 square foot home may be very livable.  If you can afford that 2,500 square foot home – go for it!  Just keep things in perspective!


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