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April 3, 2017
excessive consumerism

Excessive Consumerism is becoming the tool of happiness without letting us realize this.

Do you feel the wave of happiness when you buy new stuff, come back home hoarded with packets and walk across the aisles in a supermarket?

We all, more or less, have a desire to buy latest and cool stuff. Moreover, Advertising push us to desire more, to want to buy, and because it works so well, we end up buying way more than we need. It either get us into debt, or need us work more to earn more. Online shopping is no less culprit. It is so impulsive and addictive that it ends up emptying our bank accounts.

We don’t mind working long when we get enough money at the Month start to buy our Wish list items, which are more of materialistic nature.

 

excessive consumerism

And then we say “It needs 2 earning members to run a family of 4 these days“, which was not the case if we go 20-30 years back.

We are trying to support a more expensive lifestyle working so hard in order to buy so much and ending up burdened and cluttered.

Though we look at label price while buying but its the sum of our Time, efforts that goes into Organizing, Fuel and other resources. Excessive Consumerism is the habit created with time and therefore breaking it doesnโ€™t happen overnight but gradually, with a conscious effort.

 

Hereโ€™s how I am trying to break this habit of excessive consumerism and you can too:

  • I stopped going to Malls for my Shopping needs but rather try to look for individual shops.
  • I try not to head Supermarket store every now and then but only once in a Month.
  • I do not carry my credit card along.
  • I asked my Husband to stop me whenever I set my eyes on something in the window.
  • I keep organizing my shelves to get an account of the things I already have which otherwise remains hidden.
  • I do not watch Shopping TV channels.

Rather, I hardly watch TV for my entertainment needs but I will not go into that here and keep that discussion for some other day.

Buy a bigger house, and you need more furniture and large interiors. Get a Home theater system and you need a couch. Get a new dinner set and you will need more storage space. It never ends. The more you get the more you want.

If excessive consumerism wouldn’t be there, Minimalism would not have been designed. Rejecting and overcoming consumerism is a daily battle.

Remember- We were created to accomplish things greater rather than only consume.


Do share your tips on How to quit consumerism habit?

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49 Comments

  • Reply gemstones May 17, 2017 at 3:19 am

    These are really wonderful ideas in about blogging. You have touched some pleasant points here. Any way keep up wrinting.

  • Reply Imperfect mum April 9, 2017 at 11:14 am

    I found living in England I definitely bought into the consumer society but I find Holland far less want lead. It is less about things and more about people and spending time together. ##MG

  • Reply Sakshi April 8, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Hi upasna, wonderful posts and the banner for the posts :). Infact the entire idea on minimalism. As I read them I feel somewhere every reader could connect to the post on one or the other point. Would be following up and looking forward to future posts on this .Keep it up ๐Ÿ‘

    This thing recently struck me when taking clothes bags out for summers and packing the winter clothes. I realized let’s keep the almirah clean with minimal and good clothes..so would be asking the question to myself do” I really need this now??” before buying :). Also keeping oneself busy with other cores of life could be other option.

    • Reply Upasna April 10, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks for reading the posts Sakshi. It was something I felt the need for and that is why I plan to apply this in my Life. I am just a beginner. There are many times when I feel the need of Minimalism- including the one you have mentioned. Season’s transition in terms of clothes is so tiring.

  • Reply Mackenzie Glanville April 7, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I LOVE this post, the best thing we ever did was downsize our home, it is so much more cosier and doesn’t need much to fill it and keep me happy. Our family spends loads of time together and I love that, we also only have one television and with 3 kids I like that as it means if we watch something it is all together. I idon’thave space for excess things which means I don’t buy things unless I need them. Thanks for joining #mg

  • Reply Helena April 6, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    I found myself questioning my shopping ways. #mg

  • Reply Hayley@ Mission: Mindfulness April 6, 2017 at 3:03 am

    You make some very good points here. Like the tips too! #familyfunlinky

    • Reply Upasna April 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks for visiting Hayley. I will be picking up Mindfulness for M in the series.

  • Reply Over the Hill Mom April 6, 2017 at 2:53 am

    You are so right that “the more you get the more you want.” It becomes a vicious cycle. Even the kids get sucked in thinking they aren’t cool if they aren’t wearing the trendiest clothes. We need to teach kids that the more you give, the more you get. It’s never what you buy. #mg

    • Reply Upasna April 6, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks a lot Debbie for sharing your thoughts here. You are right, Its us who need to pull the next gen out of this whirlpool.

  • Reply Tammymum April 6, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Upsana I just left you a long comment but I’m not sure it worked. Let me know if it didn’t post and I’ll send it again xx

    • Reply Upasna April 7, 2017 at 11:34 am

      Hey Sarah
      No idea why these went to Spam. Just checked this today. Thanks

  • Reply Tammymum April 6, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Oh I definitely think we live mor expensive lifestyles now and we want more than ever before and I think social media has a lot to do with it. We see what other people have and want a bit of it ourselves. I sometimes have to remind myself of this and get a bit of prespective. Also I am a bit advocate of only going to the supermarket when you need to do a ‘bit shop’ If you go daily you’ll always end up over spending and buying what you don’t need! Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

  • Reply Angela Watling (Life, Motherhood and Everything) April 5, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    This is a great post and I am in complete agreement. My husband and I are certainly trying to buy less and we have never been big spenders; we always made considered purchases. We all need to reconsider what we need to live because actually, on a day to day basis we only use a small subset of our possessions. #FamilyFun

    • Reply Upasna April 6, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks for visiting Angela. Congrats on your Blog’s 10th anniversary. I am happy to know that many people like you are already there where I aim for.

  • Reply SHALINI BAISIWALA April 4, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Gosh your posts are loaded with so much common sense – I was nodding my head at every line and asking myself why am I not doing all this! You are one of my fav reads in #atoz Upasna – cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

    Theme: Peregrination Chronicles (travel)
    B is for BodyArt #atozchallenge

    • Reply Upasna April 4, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks a lot Shalz. These words mean a lot. Loving your “message spreading+travel” posts.

  • Reply Preethi Venugopala April 3, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    I am loving these posts. I do follow most of these rules. In fact, I buy only what is absolutely essential. We give off regularly too.

    • Reply Upasna April 4, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks Preethi. You are already there so you can put a stamp on my written charted out path. Giving away is so therapeutic.

  • Reply Tina Basu April 3, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    I have realized it lately that between want and need want looks huge. And I have curbed my shopaholic trait quite a lot. I think twice before buying anything. Well that also is because now i am working from home and am not going out regularly. may be i should thank my son forit!

    • Reply Upasna April 4, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Same here Tina, I am no more a shopaholic. We get out at the weekend but never to Malls but only Parks and other close to nature surroundings. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here.

  • Reply Wendy April 3, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Great tips. I really want to stop buying loads of stuff I don’t actually need and filling my house with junk. I think going to the supermarket only once a month is a great idea.xx #mg

    • Reply Upasna April 4, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      Yes it is Wendy. It helped me a lot in the past. Otherwise I always came back home with packets of biscuits and waffles. Beina Parent now, I also try not to visit any Toy shop with my Toddler as he has not reached the age where he can decide a suitable toy for him. Thanks for reading.

  • Reply Vidya Sury April 3, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Wonderful theme Upasna! I have pledged to be clutter free by the end of the year. So I have a policy, dispose of or give something away every single day, no matter how small it is. Be mindful about buying things. i am getting to my goal slowly!

    • Reply Upasna April 4, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      I do this every weekend. Sometimes, my wardrobe, sometimes my Toddler’s toys and checking out the products for expiry date. I am with you on this journey now.

  • Reply Modern Gypsy April 3, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I used to be the girl who loved shopping. Impulsive shopper was my middle name. Now, though, most of my spending is on art supplies and books, which are like necessities to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Upasna April 4, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      Ahh, then you already won the fight. You are spending on what makes you happy. Thanks for sharing Jini.

  • Reply dew cool April 3, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    I love your post, The topics are pure and motivates us with warmth and genuine way.
    Yes we learn to stop unnecessary spending
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    • Reply Upasna April 4, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      Thanks Bushra. Motivation only works if its done the right way. I tried to weave the words such that it does not become a boring lecture. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Tubbs April 3, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    I’ve been trying to do this too – it’s hard but worth it. Thanks for a reminder that it’s good to keep on keeping on. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Geets April 3, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    This is such a valid point that you have raised and I’m sure all of us would agree with it!
    I love the way you’re making changes!

    Cheers

    • Reply Upasna April 4, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks Geet. This is a much needed change our Society needs. I hope in every City, parks outnumber the malls.

  • Reply RENU RASTOGI April 3, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I like it..otherwise today wherever I see I find a race for getting more things, working more, earning more ..without realising that what we are doing. In this race we are hurting the planet, other people and our family(By spending less time with them).

    • Reply Upasna April 6, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Rightly Said Renu. Thanks for hopping to my space and commenting.

  • Reply Bellybytes April 3, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Completely agree. My motto in life is: Buy if you need, NOT out of greed. The best way to stop impulse buying is to go shopping in the afternoon heat…….

  • Reply Menaka Bharathi April 3, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I am one frugal person Upasna, and to read your post is like seeing myself in a mirror. I always make it a habit of buying things only once a month, no visiting malls often or windowshopping. I also make a list of recipes beforehand and buy only that is required for the month. This makes it easy to buy only what is going to be used.
    Launching SIM Organics
    *Menaka Bharathi*
    *SimpleIndianMom*

    • Reply Upasna April 6, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      You are always an inspiration Menaka. Thanks for commenting.

  • Reply Vishal Bheeroo April 3, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    You know I ended up burning my fingers paying the double for my credit card. It’s going for 2 years when I have chucked my credit card and it’s the post that I need. Agree, it’s better to buy in small shops. My only evil is the branded accessories such as jeans, shirt, and shoes for the comfort level. But, then it’s not something that I indulge every month. Past lesson taught me the need to save money and it matters lot. Thanks for writing on this.

    • Reply Upasna April 4, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      Wearing branded is not bad until it does not land you in debt. Right Vishal? Saving is something everyone should do regardless of age. I feel so relaxed writing my own battle and finding my own ways to curb this. Thanks for sharing your experience here.

  • Reply Mithila Menezes @Fabulus1710 April 3, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    I guess I splurge a lot on books. But with my reading speed, you could hardly expect otherwise. And I’m not the type of person to buy a book and never read it!

    For me, the problem of getting tempted looking at aisles in the mall never occurs, because I dislike shopping. Saying that, I feel the tips you have mentioned are perfect. Plus, there should be some way of documenting each and everything that’s available at home in the form of a Word document. So when you go on a shopping spree, you can just search among the list to see if you already have the thing that you want to buy so badly!

    • Reply Upasna April 4, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      Then you are spending it right, on your passion for reading. The point is to find the balance. Spend more on your likes and less on your greed. I never dislike Shopping but yes, I cannot do it for hours. I decide beforehand what I need to buy otherwise I get tired to look around 100 pieces. Documentation is a good idea. But I think excel sheet would be a better option with easy tabs. Thanks for stopping by Mithila.

  • Reply Shalini R April 3, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Damn true, Upasna. In Pune, we were allotted a big house and being a newly married, I went on a shopping spree. Now we are allotted a small house and I realize that half of the things are mere clutter. And how peacefully we live now! I make sure to follow the tips you’ve shared these days. And I think I have not stepped foot in a supermarket in ages. Thanks to the current place we are posted to. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Upasna April 4, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      I am sure you must be following your passions more now than ever. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Shalini. Need to checkout your C post.

  • Reply Sheethal April 3, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I don’t spend much on shopping except on books. Otherwise wandering around a shop and shuffling through their racks itself gives me a high.

    • Reply Upasna April 6, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      Then you are spending on your true love, right? Thanks for reading and commenting Sheetal.

  • Reply My Era April 2, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Totally agree, Upasna. The best way to declutter life is to buy less than spending too much time and effort managing the extra stuff that’s of little use.
    Those are some easy to practice steps that can help any shopaholic keep their shopping urges in a better check.
    I strictly practice this rule of shopping when I have a full list in hand and the items are all that I really need.

    • Reply Upasna April 3, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts Era. I feel happy to share the practical tips that work for me. You are right, we has to follow the rule while shopping too otherwise it will be a mindless task.

  • Reply jayanthi April 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    A nice theme for the A to Z challenge.

    Scaling down needs to become the cool thing.
    The other day i went for an after office party and shelled out 860 rupees only to eat half a bowl of nachos and tow spoons for pasta. That was about 15 days of my maids salary.

    I could adopt minimalism by saying no to such shallow social parties.

    • Reply Upasna April 6, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks for visiting and commenting Jayanthi. Parties are not bad but yes it should be worth.

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