Impulse Buying: Act Like a Jedi, Not a Sith Lord

What does impulse buying have to do with the Jedi and Sith from Star Wars? The answer is a lot. The Jedi live by a very strict code that is built on tremendous discipline, selflessness and self-control. The Sith have learned to tap the power of the Force by giving into emotion.

Impulse buying is the spur of the moment, unplanned decision to buy something. Emotions and feelings play a decisive role in purchasing, initiated by seeing the product upon exposure to a promotion. It can be a BUDGET BUSTER.

As goofy as this sounds, you must have the temperament of a Jedi if you want to avoid impulse buying. Winning with money involves handling your money wisely and responsibly. In order to do this, you must have or develop some Jedi traits.

Jedi Knight Qualities

  • Patience
  • Discipline
  • Responsibility
  • Service to others

The Sith exhibit behaviors that will cause you to go broke.

Sith Lord Characteristics

The Sith’s characteristics are just the opposite, they include:

  • Impatience
  • Lack of discipline
  • Are generally not responsible or really don’t care
  • Care only about themselves

Impulse buying behavior sounds like a Sith, doesn’t it?

Impulse Buying Involves:

  • Inability to wait or consider the pros and cons of making a purchase (impatient).
  • Making a purchase that wasn’t in the budget (lack of discipline).
  • Breaking your budget means taking away money from an area that may be a need (irresponsible).
  • Buying without considering others (selfish)

How Goofy is this Post?

This post is terribly goofy or may just be terrible. Regardless, I hope you get the point. The Jedi are wise and the Sith are selfish and impulsive. We all have demonstrated these traits sometime in our lives.

In the video clip in this post, Master Yoda states, “Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” I can reword this quote and apply it to personal finance, “Lack of patience or discipline leads to impulse buying, impulse buying leads to irresponsibility, irresponsibility leads to financial hardship.”

So the moral of this post, just like the title states, act like a Jedi when making purchases, not like a Sith.

Question: Do you behave like a Jedi or a Sith with your personal finances? If you are a Sith, are you ready to change?

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  • AR

    Can I be a little of both…a Jedith?