This quote, from a good guy I met once while he was in town from a neighboring state, sparked some thoughts in my head...
I have begun to think of ways to "trim my material fat" so to speak.Originally posted by Budgie
I have been thinking of how our society (once again, I reference my generation as one of the more evident) is an obsessed consumer. Budgie mentions electronics, clothes, and eating out more and how it reflects upon the kids we have today. I agree with his statements and have thought about changing my life more (albeit without kids) to simplify.
Looking around my pad this weekend:
Do I need a larger TV to fill out my armoir? No, the TV bought at half prices after Thanksgiving a couple years ago, works fine. I can see the screen clearly, and it has a built in DVD and VCR for when it is movie time
Do I need the NHL Center Ice package for my dish? Probably not. I like the fact that I can watch the Habs, but do i need to watch every game and spend $120 more for it? No. Next year I will not renew my subscription. I can get a hockey fix by watching the Avs, the minor league Eagles (in town), or the NCAA Champs DU
Then a thought occured to me:
Do I really need this much TV? With the exception of sports, I do not watch much else. On Wednesdays I watch LOST on ABC, but that has not been holding my interest of late and I will not freak out if I miss it. The GF, in a simple living discussion we had Saturday night, said that TV would be hard for her to go without. I suggested we have a night or two where TV is off limits. We can read, talk, play cards, make a nice dinner, who knows what else . Basically not have something pandering to us, messing with my sleep cycles.
Why am I focusing more on TV? There are other ways to live simple:
Do I need more clothes? While the clothes I buy are inexpensive, I tend to buy (and have) more than I need. In fact, to make room to store all of them, I need to give some away. That will be a 'soon-to-be-undertaken' project.
My car is a 2005, do I need it too? Well, here is my confusing part. I like my car, I can afford the payments, it is a gas-sipping 4-cylander Subaru that does great in the snow, can haul the GF, Dog and I to the mountains and will, if I maintain it properly, last for a long time. But do I need to be spending $350/month on car payments? I am still thinking about this, but I feel in the long run that it is the ideal car for me and my future, so I think it will stay
I am looking forward to doing more to simplfy my life. Not this may not mean shopping at the Dollar Store, but if I trim some necessities, budget well, and work down the CC debt, then I think my GF and I will see some improvement in our well-being and lifestyle and maybe we will learn something.
Has anyone else done something like this? Does Budgie care to elaborate? Any other examples of non-necessities that people do not need or have trimmed from their lives?
As always, I hope to spark some extansive dialog, but that doesn't always happen with my threads-- but I will try anyway.