5 Lessons I Learnt After Spending $8,000 On Online Games….

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  1. IF YOU ARE SERIOUS — THEN KEEP THE TOOLS AWAY
    If you want to get away from your addiction to gaming, then make sure you do not purchase an iPad or Smartphone that support this addiction. In fact, make sure even your Credit Card is not automatically synced to the Smartphone for a One-Touch Purchase. Why do you think Apple & Samsung made it so ‘convenient’ for us to link our credit cards for easy purchases?
  2. IF YOU ARE NOT SERIOUS — THEN ALLOW TEMPTATION
    If gaming is your think or it is your temptation, and you cannot but be a part of it, then ensure you allow yourself to ‘fall-into-temptation’ once a month. Doing it little by little is much better than suffocating yourself so much with self-control that you are just dying to gasp for air. Remember — at some point you will lose control and when you do, a tsunami of mistakes will follow. Oh yeah — as a bonus point — wait for ‘special offers’. Save your money for those moments.
  3. FRIENDLY ENEMIES OR ENEMY FRIENDS?
    Do not keep friends who love gaming, do not blog about online games, do not browse or search about online games. In fact, even if an advert appears — make sure that advertisement is blocked and never appears on your feed again. But if you have to keep friends, then make a deal with them as to how plan and prepare the purchases. Ask each of them to support and guide you to make the SMART choice.
  4. FREE ISN’T FREE
    They say its for FREE? Run away in the opposite direction. There is NO SUCH THING as a FREE Lunch on this planet. When something is for free — it is like entering the mouth of a snake. You are not going to get out.
  5. HAVE MORE THAN ONE LOVE….
    Avoid keeping just ONE game as the game of your interest. The reason being, the games are designed to make you wait and wait and wait and wait. These games are designed in a way to make sure you break yourself control. So that is why have more than 3 to 4 games at the same time. So when you are waiting for one game to ‘complete’ a particular task or upgrade, you have another game that can kill your time and divert your attention.

See if these techniques help as they helped me. And yeah, I hope you don’t end up spending the amount of money I foolishly spent…..

Oh by the way…I still spend on games online…but now, its more like a controlled spending habit. Like they say…. if you can’t beat them — join them — until you get fed up.

Loy Machedo

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