I found this clever shopping deterrent strategy when reading my comments yesterday and I thought I would share it with you.
Here is what Jacquie, who was inspired by Gogol’s buy it back approach, had to say…
Along the same lines as Gogol, if I am thinking of buying something new, I use an â€˜earning moneyâ€™ analogy.
I use a basic hourly rate and say to myself â€œIf I had to work for (how ever many hours to earn the cost of the item) and at the end all I was given was this item â€“ do I like it enough or want it badly enough to do that? Often the answer is no.
I can now use the same formula for uncluttering along with Gogolâ€™s idea â€“ if I had to buy it back from the pawn shop with that many hours work, would I? I donâ€™t think I would for much of my stuff.
I must admit I run this scenario through my head occasionally too. Especially when it comes to paying for a service that I can just as easily with a bit of effort do myself. Why pay someone $20 an hour to do your ironing if you only earn $16 an hour in your day job. You would be better off cutting your work back by a couple of hours and do your own ironing.
Maybe we should also think about the paltry some of money paid to the sweat shop workers who make most of the stuff we clutter up our lives with while they are barely about to put a meal on their plates. I suppose the flip side to that is that then they won’t have a job at all, but maybe just maybe if enough of us stopped messing up the world with all this consumerism we might just change the world and the general focus may turn to something more productive. Who knows?
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