On my lunch break I run the Embarcadero and wish I had a new running top for cold days and headphones that didn't stop working as soon as I got sweaty. I like that girls shoes, I wish I had a bag like that, what if I had a bike like that guys.
I'm bored while I eat lunch so I sneak online and I see what the best running headphones are, how much would a new shirt cost, wouldn't it be great if I could own a shirt just like that sample sitting on my desk?
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This summer has been a constant struggle for me to balance these wild, and sometimes practical, consumer desires. In order to reduce just how many items I am buying to save not only money, but also the resources and environmental impact I have been:
1. Avoiding malls and stores. I only go when I have an absolute necessity and then I stick to my list.
2. I make a list of things that I absolutely "need" and things I would like. The items have to sit on that list for at least a week but ideally more than two. If after two weeks I realize I lived without it just fine I either delete it or move it to the want/like list. So far this summer I have added at least 20 items to my like/want list, and all except for one were deleted.
3. Look for another option. I have so many possessions already that I'm bound to already own the solution. I don't need that bag because I have one that I can make work. I don't need another running shirt if I do a load of laundry midweek. I don't need a notepad because I can just divide the one I already own in half. It turns out I can fill my needs with what I already have for the majority of the things on my need list.
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