In a world where there are so many things to buy, one must consider and make wise choices. What one purchases is a reflection of ones self or personhood. The product of ones purchase can be profitable to all parties involved. How one spends their money is an extension of them self. Questions like, is this beneficial for both myself and others? Or how is money being spent? Are both questions to ask oneself.
Take a look at ones purchases to see where funds are being allocated. Where is the money being spent? How does this reflect oneself. Extension is how one spends their money. How is it helping others? How is ones purchase going to give? When one buys something, does it encourage reciprocation?
For example: when buying a house, there are many things to consider. Things like location, neighborhood, and security are some key things to address when purchasing a house. Something else to think about is the city and the name of the street. These things are an extension and a reflection of the individual.
An excersize that might help in identifying oneself is to write down what one buys. Take out a piece of paper and write down all of the purchases made in the past month. Although it may not be what one wants to see, it can be seen as a mirror. Next, write down what one wants to buy. Things that are profitable for everyone can go on this list. Things like classic cars or art might be on this list. Keep this list as a reference of what to buy when one needs to make a choice. Next, make a list of things one spends money on that they would like to eliminate. Finally, one can make connections or pair the items from both lists. It might be that instead of spending money on a subscription, one can spend it on baseball cards every month. It should be tangible. Choose from the two lists. So, one can change their spending from something detrimental to beneficial. The next time one needs to make a purchase, they can choose wisely. This is the extension of oneself.