How many times a day do you swipe your debit card, credit card or get cash out of your wallet to buy something? Do you buy a coffee or newspaper in the morning? Do you go out for lunch or pick up a few things at Target on the way home from work? How about dinner? Do you pick that up, too?
We live in a society where money comes in and goes out even faster. Debt is at an all time high and so is our “need” to buy! Somewhere along the way we have forgotten the old clichés that “you can’t buy happiness” and “money doesn’t grow on trees”! We all know this to be true, but are we living like it is?
When you do “run to Target” do you buy what you set out for on your shopping list or do you end up with a cart full of things? (If you are like me, you are shaking your head up and down,! I’m guilty of this, too!)
What happens when you buy all that extra stuff? Do you have room for it in your home? Do you even use it at all? Where do you put the things that you just had to have when you were shopping? Do you stuff it in a closet? Do you have a lot of storage rooms or closets to put it into? Or do you have to rent a storage unit just to hold all of your stuff? (Once again, not judging, I’ve done it before as well!)
We are being boxed in financially and literally by the things we have bought (and in many cases still need to pay for!)
As we bring home more stuff we are becoming more stressed out. We spend more which leads to financial issues. When we buy we accumulate more which leads to storage issues. As the house fills up and the bank account disappears relationship issues begin.
Each time we overspend we have to figure out how to pay for this stuff. Are you working overtime or extra hours at a second job to pay for it? If you are, are you missing out on time with your friends and family. Was whatever you bought worth that?
Spending can become a vicious cycle. The more we have, the more we want, the more we spend. Pretty soon we are unhappy, broke, and have a lot of stuff that isn’t worth anything.
When is enough, enough? Everyone’s answers will be different and that’s ok! But if you are struggling with being unhappy, broke, tied to a job that you don’t love, or stuck with all that extra stuff, it might be time to just say no to consumerism. Jump off the bandwagon and let me know how it goes!
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