This year Black Friday came and went without any enthusiasm from me. Usually, I’m all about the Deals. I scour the ads looking for needs that are outrageously underpriced and I wake up early to get them. This is frugality at it’s finest. Yet this year, I didn’t even scroll through the ads.
Why the change?
I only want to pay the lowest price point on every item I buy. Black Friday is a great time to make this happen. However, after reading up on Financial Independence and the Minimalist, I’ve come to a realization. My needs are wants, not needs. Sure we could use a new mop, but we don’t need it. Is it time to replace a 10-year-old comforter? Maybe, but we don’t have to. The way I process my wants versus my needs has changed considerably. I am fortunate to live in a time of excess. I’m also unhappy to live in a time of excess. It’s quite the conundrum. I should feel overly blessed that I have everything that I need but I feel overwhelmed by the overabundance. So, I am starting with the American “holiday” that celebrates consumerism at it’s worst. As a nurse, I’ve missed many holidays and I am ashamed that retail workers had to miss holidays for my shopping nonsense. I’m taking the stance that whatever you DON”T buy is 100% off the regular price. If we all behaved accordingly, we will have less clutter, less stress, less trash in the landfill and more money in our bank accounts. I’m sure I will fail at times but decreasing consumerism by even 10% will make a difference in our lives. This year I will not be pressured to join Secret Santas, gift exchanges, or white elephant parties and all hostess gifts will be wine and/or edible. If you insist on buying me something… I would like a new mop. Thanks in advance.