Sorry but this is so similar to a trillion other ‘lifestyle guru’ articles I just don’t believe it.Anybody who sells a car for a lot less than it is worth is a fool. Is the writer being honest with us? Could he truly not afford to keep up the payments on his Beemer? The way I look at it is OK someone might feel a bit silly if they spent too much on a car because it was a style icon. But in the end its a car, if you already own it and are not leasing, it still gets you where you want to go so why take the hit of depreciation, you can keep that car for years and in the end it will work out as a cheap ride.
And I really hate that “If you haven’t used it for twelve months, chuck it, and not just because I’ve heard it so many times and it doesn’t get any less wrong for repetition. Look, I have a black tie in my wardrobe, I haven’t worn it since 1999. And I hope it will be another 18 years until I need it, but as my mother is 89 and ailing it would really be wasteful to throw it out and have to buy another.
I also have a lot of tools that I hadn’t used for five or six years. Then my wife decided it was time we revamped the house a bit and redecorated. And out came paintbrushes and rollers, a jigsaw saw, drill, hot air blower, sander, tile cutting equipment, various other things, all in good condition and perfectly useable. It would have cost at least £300 to buy new, instead all it has cost me is a bit of storage space in the garage.
Think things through, if you have spare parts for a car you got rid of years ago, throw them (or put them on ebay perhaps,) they’re worth nothing to you. If you have stuff that can be used and that you can see a use for, if storing it is not giving you a problem hold on to it.

What I really find annoying about these self — help / lifestyle guru articles however is they are so packed with cliches. As Monty Python’s Brian (He’s Not The Messiah, He’s A Very Naughty Boy) advises people who think he’s the Messiah, “You don’t need to follow me, you don’t need to follow anybody, think for yourselves.”

Opted for comfortable retirement before I was fifty due to health problems and burn out. Now spend my time writing and goofing around. Home: northern England..

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