Inventory savings

Now that you have finally reached your optimum level on the Ghalimi scale, what do you do next? You start saving. And by that, I do not just mean saving money (which is certainly a good thing), but saving slots for items that you might want to acquire in the future.

For example, having reached Level 3 on the scale, I want to make sure that I never go above 123 items. As of today, I have 119 items in my inventory, which means that 4 slots are available for future items, beyond the 7 items that are part of my wishlist. These 4 slots represent my savings.

These savings are important, because they will contribute to your peace of mind. Reaching your desired level on the scale certainly required a lot of sacrifices, and you do not want to live with the constant fear of moving to the next level up. You want some padding, some margin of error, or some breathing room, and that’s precisely what you get with these savings.

When measuring one’s savings, it is usually a good idea to compute some ratio, because absolute values are not that meaningful. For example, you could compute the ratio of savings versus yearly expenses, which would tell you how many years you could live on your savings without any additional income.

In the case of the Ghalimi scale, there is no notion of income or expenses, but a useful ratio can be computed by dividing your number of available slots (4 in my case) by the number of slots in between your current level and the next level down. Level 3 is made of 123 items, while Level 2 is made of 76. Therefore there are 47 items between the two. Dividing 4 by 47 leads to a saving ratio of 8.5%. If this ratio were to reach 100%, you would have reached the next level down on the scale.

Note: 47 also happens to be the number of items for Level 1. Is that a conincidence? Definitely not. That’s because we used the golden ratio for creating our logarithmic scale. As a result, the number of items for any given level is always equal to the sum of the numbers of items for the two previous levels. In other words:

cn+1 = cn + cn-1


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