Commercialism

by Kylie on July 23, 2011

A comment was made to me recently about how the Amish live. How simple and non commercial thier lives are.
I don’t know much about them, except they live a much simpler life, without electricity and many modern things. They are modest, hard working people with strong beliefs.
Discussing their lifestyle a little made me want to live more like them. Of course the discussion revolved around the benefits of simplicity, non-commercialism, grow your own food type things, not the strict rules, hard work and other aspects of an Amish life.
I think we live in a very commercial world now. As much as I try not to get sucked in and am doing things such as my $100 Christmas to prevent too much of the “I want” attitude in my house, sometimes it sneaks in.

Like this week when my sister and I were discussing Blogopolis next week. We were talking about what we will be wearing, mainly what I will be wearing as I wanted her advice.

I had a bit of an idea, but after talking more, all of a sudden I needed those cute shoes we saw last time we were shopping and I needed a new jacket and those burgundy shoes would be good too. This was not her fault, I bought them up. I had a small idea of what I might wear, but wanted some other ideas.

I then spent the entire next day thinking about how I could spend $100+ on the shoes, plus similar for a jacket.
I was thinking about when I would be able to go to the shops. I looked online for things, had a look at which stores were closest to me, how I could get there without my kids and how much I could spend.

Then reality hit.

I do not want to be like that. I do not need these things. I have things which will work just fine with them.  I don’t need new things all the time. There is an old saying “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” The Amish actually live this way.
I got to thinking about that quote when I felt the need to buy new shoes or a jacket or whatever. What I have is fine.

Do you ever feel like this? You need things, but in reality, you don’t.

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Mandy July 23, 2011 at 6:48 pm

yeah we all are guilty of thinking like that, but as long as we can stop and remind ourselves. Never fear I’ll be dressed by ‘my wardrobe’ for blogopolis.

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Paula @ AffordAnything.org July 24, 2011 at 2:36 am

Blogopolis?? Sounds like fun!

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World of Finance July 24, 2011 at 3:02 am

I also think our culture is too focused on new, shinny, materialistic items. As a child I think I was caught up in that mentality, but after working and understanding the value of money and how having money can give you more freedom, I find it much easier to stay away from it.

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Taryn July 25, 2011 at 11:26 am

I’ve never heard that old saying before Kylie, but I think it’s GOLD! I’m going to put that up around the house to remind me every time I have those moments!!! My mother always used to say to me: “Save the pennies and the pounds will save themselves” – I can save pretty well I might add! :wink:

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