“Too many people buy things they don’t need with money they don’t have to impress people they don’t know…” ~Jerry Mac
Though based on a quote by Will Rodgers, I’ll give Jerry the credit…
Just browsing my facebook status feed and came across this gem posted by a friend of mine, and thought about how it relates to something else I have been working on. I’m doing some soul searching of sorts; attempting to discern what is needed versus what is wanted. What makes it so hard is the fact that, with a little ingenuity, one can justify pretty much anything they want as a necessity. I do it often…not necessarily to impress anyone, but to add a little “pop” to my life or to make my life easier or to make it possible to do the things I want to do.
I can be an impulse shopper. I try not to be, but it happens. Usually the way it goes is I see something I want and I say, “I’ve got to have that,” or, “I’ve got to try that.” Usually, or maybe sometimes, my brain kicks in and searches out the necessity of what it is I’m seeking to purchase. It will find a reason most of the time. I may not be able to buy it right away, but it goes into the bookmark file of my computer or in the back of my mind as something that will be purchased at some point in time.
I’m going to leave it at that for now because I don’t want to get into a thought that I haven’t fully worked through just yet.
Need vs. Want is complicated!
I agree. I struggle constantly with wanting to be a minimalist and then wanting to buy all the things. 🙂
I’m not going to lie. I love stuff, and I love buying stuff. I have mountains of books that I have yet to read simply because I cannot just pass by a bookstore, and once I go in, I cannot not buy a new book. Books and random food are my biggest impulse buys, oh, and the five dollar movie bin.
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