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Stop being a consumer

As I sit here taking a break from the morning of cleaning, clearing out, deciding if I want to donate things, throw things away. It reminds me of a book I read about stop being the consumer. Instead of constantly buying things, just stop, why give your hard-earned money to someone else when you could keep it. It all started with looking around my living room and seeing all the stuff I have stuff in corners. Then I went into a spare bedroom looking for a luggage bag and seeing how much stuff I had in that room just sitting there.

One Sunday morning with a trip coming up next weekend, I went into the spare bedroom and started working. I started in one of the dressers and started pulling things out and deciding what I wanted to do with them, then started the piles of give away, throw away, or take downstair of things I could not let go of just yet. Of course, that spilled over into the dining room, then into the living room, with boxes full of things to give away and with things I haven’t even used in years, out the door it must go. As the old saying goes, out with the old, and in with the new but in my case out with the old and nothing new to fill in the empty space.

When the cleaning starts you just can’t stop it seems like, the dust rag came out and I started to dust. While I am clearing off shelves to dust and place back the items. I kept thinking to myself a part of a book I read which is to stop being a consumer. Do I really need to be a consumer anymore? I mean I will need food and other little things but do I need another coffee cup that has a cute saying to add to my collection?

One good example of things I brought but never used is backpacks, I am always on the lookout for a backpack that will meet my needs, and when I see one that I think will work and is a great price I pick it up. I cannot tell you how many Jansport backpacks I have right now. I did in up donating some of the extra backpacks that I haven’t even used and I may have kept a couple of my Jansport bags for now….

I still need to finish cleaning out/up the spare room and making some tuff choices on keep, donate, or throw away. The thing I keep reminding myself is what kind of consumer do I want to be, one that has things in her house that she isn’t using that is costing her money, or one that is only living with the things that she needs and saving that money for bigger and better things.

So, I ask you, what kind of consumer do you want to be? One that has nice things in their home that they don’t even use and has to dust every week, month or year. Or a consumer that like looking at things in the store but knows they do not need that item and choose to take that money they were going to spend on that idea and put it in a saving account or a piggy bank for a rainy day.

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