Today, I spent the day indoors and shopped online for Black Friday. There were a few things that I had on my wish list. For example, I use Norton virus protection on my computer and it expires near the end of the year, and there’s typically a sale at Staples or Amazon. Plus, I’ll have at least one of my kid’s Christmas wish lists, so will check to see if anything has been drastically reduced. What I don’t do anymore is physically go to the stores to find Black Friday deals, because, honestly, I don’t think it’s worth the time, stress and effort.
I understand that shopping on Black Friday is a tradition for some families, but now, it appears to be dangerous to be one of the first people to arrive at the sales. I just learned on the news that there were fights in Walmart, and a stabbing over a parking space. Seriously? What can be so important that you would fight over a television or worse, a parking space? I guess, if you’ve been waiting in line for hours, you may feel you were owed that television, but if you end up arrested or hurt, was it really worth it? I would rather pay a few extra dollars and buy it online in the comfort of my home. I do realize that a few extra dollars may be hard to come by for some, but let’s face it, a television is not a need.
Living Simply and with Less Stuff!
Many years ago I made the decision to live more simply, live with less and think hard before making purchases. It’s not just about budget (although that can also be a motivating factor), it’s about not accumulating clutter, filling up the landfills and not maintaining a bunch of stuff that I really didn’t need in the first place. Although I don’t consider myself a minimalist, sometimes I go to the extreme and won’t buy something that I really could use, all for the sake of not wanting to bring in more stuff. For example, I recently purchased an electric roaster oven because we can only ever get one meat in the oven at one time when entertaining, or cooking for Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. This has been very inconvenience in past years and has wasted a lot of time in the kitchen, but it was still hard for me because I don’t like having a bunch of small appliances that rarely get used, plus now I have to find space for it. After using it yesterday, I now know that it was the right decision, and my particular model can also be used as a slow cooker or for baking. Being able to roast two meats at the same time, plus veggies, was a luxury, and was definitely a lot cheaper than remodeling my kitchen, in order to add a second (or larger) oven!
With the New Year approaching, I challenge you to think about all of the miscellaneous gadgets, electronics and extra stuff that you have, but rarely ever use. My rule is, if there’s no space for it, I can’t buy it. If I want it that badly, then something else has to go to make space for it (which I did do for the roaster oven, by the way). What’s your rule going to be? Share your thoughts in the comments.