This interesting article gives three tips how not to feel poor regardless the financial one’s situation because feeling poor is not a financial condition. It is a state of mind, and something you can change starting right now. Instead of spending more money and get yourself deeper into debt and making your situation worse, it suggests:
- COMMIT TO A CLEAN CAR – If you keep your car sparkling clean inside and out, you won’t feel poor. Wash it weekly. Make sure the windows are always spotless. Do this and you’ll feel like a million bucks.
- CURB THE CLUTTER – Clean open spaces, tranquility and simplicity chase away feelings of poverty. Clutter invites chaos which leads to depression and feelings of deprivation.
- TUCK A C-NOTE – A “C-note" is a one-hundred dollar bill. Fold it neatly and tuck it into a secret place in your wallet. The C-note is going to make you feel prosperous and quite smart and not poor. You are not likely to spend it on a whim. If you get caught in a true emergency, you’re covered.
I think the first two tips are essentially the same. I agree that a good, clean living environment(s) can affect one’s decision making for the better. When one makes wise financial decisions, he/she will probably feel less poor, which can become a good cycle. However, I don’t know about carrying a c-note in my wallet all the time. I will probably feel nervous, instead of feeling rich or not-so-poor. Maybe a c-note of 20-dollar bill is a better alternative for me.
Actually, I have my own way not to feel poor, which is that never, ever say, "I am poor". I truly believe that mouth (or commonly preferred as tongue in the Bible) can not only affect the state of my mind, but also direct my life. Therefore, I will try not to use any negative terms to describe myself. For example, instead of saying that I am poor, I would say that I didn’t have much money. And how can I be or feel poor when I believe a God who is the Lord, the owner, of heavens and earth.
Source: Debt-Proof Living