This weekend my husband and I went to see the movie Jobs, the new movie that highlights the life of Apple founder Steve Jobs.
The movie has its share of critics, including Steve Wozniak who is working with Aaron Sorkin on a different movie about Steve Jobs. And while I thought Ashton Kutcher gave a good performance, I wasn’t wowed by the film. I wanted to know more about the man behind the beloved Apple products that I so adore, and the movie disappointed in that regard.
What did stand out to me was Steve Jobs’ approach to everything he did. He was focused on excellence. He was focused on quality. He was focused on artistry and usability and creativity.
And it occurred to me that all of those things are excellent traits to have when it comes to your finances.
Buy the best that you can afford. In the movie, Jobs overspent his budgets and that caused all kinds of problems for Apple in the early days. But if you remember to stick to your budget, you will be served well by buying quality goods – whether that’s food or clothing or the couch you sit on.
Make the most of what you have. Jobs focused on making everything he designed do more than expected. Take that approach to your finances and you’ll be able to save more money. Use those coupons, stretch those meals, and learn to fix things around your home. Stop buying stuff you don’t need and start using what you have.
Creativity is a frugal person’s best asset. A creative mind is the most useful tool in living frugally. It allows you to brainstorm creative ideas to stretch your money, to find alternative uses for the items you have, to figure out ways to fix broken things and/or make them last longer. There’s an art to being cheap without looking cheap, and when you figure that out, you’re really on your way to saving.
One of Apple’s ad campaigns was “Think Different.” It’s a slogan that will serve you well when applied to your finances. Stop accumulating debt and break free from a consumer culture that says you should have more than your neighbors. Stop focusing on everything you don’t have enough money for and focus on the things you can do with what you have.
You just might find that thinking differently pays off.
Did you see the “Jobs” movie? What did you think?