That seems like an odd thing to say and one that shouldn’t need to be said, but sometimes you need to restate the obvious. This is one of those times.
I find it interesting that for the most part we average people ‘consumers’ have been . . . wait a minute why are we thinking of ourselves as ‘consumers’ all the time?
Is that it? Is that the sum purpose of our existence? To go out, get a job to earn money, then turn around to buy stuff in order to CONSUME, only to turn around and do it all again.
Then when you run out of money, you borrow some from your neighbourhood friendly bank in order to go out and buy more stuff only to CONSUME it.
Let me ask you this . . . what’s in it for you? All that nifty stuff you bought? You mean, last year’s stuff? That obsolete stuff? That stuff that is breaking down and needs to be replaced?
I know that people will be calling me a heretic and saying that I am an inadvertent proponent of a recession or even depression, but I say . . .
SCREW YOU, IT’S MY DAMN MONEY AND I CAN KEEP IT IF I WANT TO!
I don’t need to buy the latest and greatest stuff. I don’t need constantly replace what I have with newer stuff.
I don’t need to run out and buy the newest shiny bauble (just because it is new and shiny.)
Buy what you need, sure, but don’t, inadvertently and/or subconsciously, take the weight and guilt of ‘spend or the economy crashes’ upon you.
Your first responsibility should be to yourself and ensuring the financial wellbeing of you and your family.
Put cash away for that rainy day . . . and keep using the old crap if you have to.
I’ll get off my soap box now.
As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!