Too many people buy things they don’t need with money they don’t have trying to impress people they don’t even like.
I know I am guilty of this in the past and sometimes it still creeps up on me! I work really hard to make sure that whatever I purchase is something I really need and not something I really want. This week I looked at my husband wearing jeans with holes in them. Granted they are in fashion for the teenage boys that I bought them for. However, when you are a man of a certain age, they just start to look ridiculous after a bit. It is time to buy new jeans. Doesn’t matter the brand, just that they fit and he looks great in them. Shopping with some friends a few months ago for jeans for the husband, the brand to the wife did matter. I remember thinking to myself if someone is looking that close at the brand of your husband’s jeans, you have bigger concerns in your life!
I love it when I hear friends tell me how they bought a sweater at the thrift store for $2. Last year I purchased new living room furniture off of facebook and it was a thrill for me! To me spending money on objects that can break or wear out is not that important to me. I choose to spend my money on music lessons for my kids or travel adventures for myself and the family. We are going to have memories for years that will last longer than the $250 pair of jeans.
For Christmas this past year we did a white elephant gift exchange. You had to either re-gift a gift, buy it from a thrift store or make something. We had the most fun opening these gifts. One son gave packs of Kool-Aide that he got at a gift exchange at school (re-gift), one son gave a ceramic goose he bought at a thrift store. My dear husband gave a candle with the word “Melissa” on it that he found in the kitchen. These are the memories I want our family to have and laugh about years later.
To me it really is the thought that goes into purchases, not the dollar amount associated with it. Who really cares what other people think. Who really cares that you got those pots from France. I care that the person gave the gift out of love and that they paid cash and didn’t go into debt by giving the gift!
To Joyful, Simplified Living,
MS. Simplicity, also known as Melissa Schmalenberger operates her business as I Did it with MS. Simplicity. She is a Professional Organizer based out of Fargo, ND and her website can be found at http://www.mssimplicity.com/
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