Since I have been trying to reduce the material things in my life, I have a heightened awareness of all of the crap that I don’t need but still buy. It is certainly hard to break the habit of consumerism especially when I live in close proximity to most anything – I need to move to the boonies, clearly.
For the cost of two large coffees at most coffee chains, I can purchase an entire bag of coffee and home brew it. Getting take out coffee has become such a time killer for me since moving to the metro. If I am early or meeting up with someone, I just get coffee to waste time. Sometimes, the coffee isn’t even that good – Starbucks, 1/3 milk, 2/3 foam, it’s outrageous.
The number of throw pillows that I (still) own could be hazardous and I feel like I got rid of so many recently! I don’t even let people use my throw pillows, I move the pillows to the floor so they don’t get squashed. It’s a serious problem. That’s my interpretation of the ‘throw’ part – throw it on the floor.
I wear socks 2’ish times a week, I could purchase one package and it would last me years. I got rid of 100’s of socks and I haven’t purchased any recently but I walked into Target the other day and found myself looking at socks, it makes no sense.
I don’t use nail polish because I get my nails done but I keep purchasing it.
I can only use 1 pen at a time, I will never use the number of pens that I own in my lifetime. In fact, they will probably just dry out.
Again, I only use two or so brushes each day to do my makeup and the others just sit there and collect dust. I have been waiting to toss out the worn ones so that I can use some of the others.
My cats are over toys, they do play with them but they can’t play with all of the dozens of toys that I have purchased for them and they probably think I’m insane.
This is my number one impulse purchase, if I am standing at the check out line and my lips are feeling even a little dry, I toss a chapstick in the bag. I know that if it isn’t Burt’s Bees, that I am not going to use it but I still buy it.
It could be a Minneapolis thing but I have had so few meals that I have really felt were worth the money. I would rather cook a great meal at home, that I know I am going to enjoy for the fraction of the cost. We do pretty good at not eating out but we could do better.
I could stop chewing a pack of gum a day but we all know that isn’t going to happen.
All of these items seem like very easy things to just stop purchasing but I have some work to do. What do you waste your hard earned money on?
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