Buying With Purpose

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Christmas is coming up and there are presents to buy, stockings to fill, and food to eat.

For my whole life, I have been given a stocking every Christmas and had presents from under the tree too. It’s only been in the last few years where I have begun to ask for less. If my family wish to fill a stocking for me, I’ve asked that it have sustainable items, consumables, and items that I will definitely use.

Christmas is a time when shops and stores fight to sell you as much as possible, especially the things you never thought you wanted until you saw them.

I’m asking that you take a step back and think about the things you are buying.

If you have a phone or a laptop or headphones that work, and work well, think about why you’re looking for new ones. Be purposeful in your purchases.

Here are a few things to think about when doing your Christmas shopping this year:

  • Do you need them?
  • What environmental impact has creating it had, and what about the future impacts it could have?
  • How does it affect you financially?
  • How will it improve your life?
  • Could you live without it?
  • Is there another option?

I’ll give you an example of something I have been thinking about recently. I love to read and I have a lot of books, too many books. (I will be giving some away to charity during my 30-Day Minimalism Challenge). I obviously don’t want to stop reading but I also don’t want to be given more books that will only end up cluttering the house or being decluttered later. How do I solve this? I can ask for ebooks – I have a kindle and I enjoy reading on it so I have no need for many of the books on my tbr to be cluttering my shelves.

The main reason for this post is to ask you to take a step back for a minute and really think about the gifts you are buying for others and what you want for yourself. Buy purposefully and with care.

Another option this Christmas would be to donate to charity, either on behalf of someone else or from yourself. A lot of money is spent on gifts, so there is no reason that some of that couldn’t go to a charity who needs it.

Enjoy your lead up to Christmas!

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