Even the most frugal and minimal of people are consumers. Inevitably, we all continue to purchase goods and services. Some of which are necessities. Some of which are extras, and that’s fine too. I think the issue is when consumers fall trap to consumerism. A consumerist is, by definition, preoccupied with the acquisition of consumer goods. I think this is a tough balance to strike. There is nothing inherently wrong with spending money on extras in life, provided of course that we have the money to do so. But even if we do have the money to spend comfortably, we have to keep our mindset in check. Being a conscious and mindful consumer is so important, especially this time of year.⭐️
Here are some questions you might consider before buying something:
⚪️ Will this purchase add value to my life?
⚪️ Do I have the money on hand to buy this (or am I relying on a credit card)?
⚪️ Where will I store this item in my home?
⚪️ How often will I use this?
⚪️ How will I feel once I have this purchase?
⚪️ How will I feel if I do not make this purchase (right now)?
⚪️ Can/should this purchase wait until I’ve taken care of other financial priorities?
⚪️ Could I get this item second-hand?
⚪️ Am I buying this because I truly love it, or just because it’s on sale?
⚪️ Is this purchase planned? If not, am I okay with making an impromptu purchase today?
As you go about this holiday season, ask yourself some of these hard questions when you go shopping. And then feel confident when you do make a purchase! 🙌🏻 But keep your mindset focused on the fact that you probably already have great abundance in your life just the way it is❤️
Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow with the ones you love most! 😊