BUT, do we NEED all the stuff we buy? Probably not.
I know folks who just LOVE to shop. They buy to be buying - although they would differ with my thoughts. Some people have clothes hanging in the closet with tags still on them. Some people don't know when to stop with flowers for the yard (there are other ways to get them than buying at times). There are people addicted to buying purses, jewelry, shoes, tools, knick-knacks for the home, etc.
I have been trying to get rid of things and now I will be working even harder on that. I want no one to have to deal with this stuff when I am gone. It just isn't fair to anyone.
So there are a few questions we should all ask before making purchases.
- Do I really NEED it or do I WANT it?
- Do I already have something that will serve the same purpose?
- Am I just buying it because it's cheap?
- Will I LOVE it as much next week or next month as I do today?
- Do I want to maintain or clean it?
- Will I use it faithfully?
- Can I really afford it - without going into debt?
- Do I really have the extra room for it?
- Is it actually a real value?
- Will it truly bring me joy?
I think the first, second and last questions are the most critical for me. I know we all look at things differently.
What are your criteria for making new purchases?
I look around my house as I am sitting here, and yes most everything I SEE brings me joy. But there is so much that is put away - that I never see and rarely use. WHY? What was I thinking when getting it? I don't use many things, I don't love them and I don't need them and more importantly they sure don't bring JOY.
It's time to pass them on to someone who might love, need and use them.
The next time you go shopping - stop and ask yourself a few questions. You just may save yourself some money.