This is a story about using simple tools to help you reach your saving goals.
It’s about being inventive; finding whatever you can to help you along.
My sister had a picture of her dog, Kleeo, on the sideboard.
A straight-to-camera black Labrador with that goofy, cute, head tilted look.
Behind the frame was cash.
It’s easy to deposit and put behind the frame.
Whenever she thought about making a withdrawal, and looked at the photo, the sound of a cautioning, drawn out ‘noooo’ entered her mind.
The dog was telling her what she’d been telling the dog.
It was a small, but powerful reminder to think carefully before cracking into the hard earned savings.
It’s an interesting concept.
It forces you to reflect on yourself before making a decision.
In a related experiment, Professor Dan Ariely found that students cheated less when they signed an honour code or recited The 10 Commandments before they were unleashed on a quiz that required honest self-appraisal.
Why? Ariely postulates that the students were forced to remember their moral compass. To refer to overarching principles that guided their actions.
The dog, as a gatekeeper, forced my sister to remember the reasons for saving, and the commitment required to reach a particular goal.
How can you use this little technique in your favour?
What pet, person or reflection can help you reach your goals?Saving money with your dog by Glenn Hamblen