TLT – How deep have you fallen (for consumerism)

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This is an example of a flowchart. But this is not any flowchart. This flowchart should be carved in our brains like our parents’ birthday, or the pizza delivery phone number. And we should use it every time we find ourselves indulging in a little window shopping or lingering in a store.

Why is it important? Because nowadays shopping is more like a mechanical and automatic reaction than a thorough behavior. And that is insane. We are not that easily manipulated, are we? Or have we utterly fallen for the ‘it’s never enough’ motto?

So, let’s set ourselves in the hypothetical situation of passing by our favorite store, and see how we do, shall we?

Click on the image to open it and then click again to see it in full view. 😉

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Red? Green?

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Before you say ‘You didn’t asked if it was on sale!’. Well, I think sale or no sale, our decision on buying something should not be define by how cheap it is. Buying something just because it is ridiculously cheap doesn’t make sense. Let’s buy things we LOVE, things we actually NEED, and things that we’ll USE A LOT. We should not accumulate just because it is on sale and we think it is an offer we can’t refuse. That is just the crazy shopaholic talking. And we should never let her(him) win.

We all fall. I fall all the time. Fell for a pair of eight euros sandals that were amazing, and they were EIGHT EUROS. But I know I can’t cave in so easily, so I need work to do. And it is hard to not go crazy when we see the big red signs that want to lure us in whispering ‘sales, sales, sales’. 

And the same principle applies if we have all the money in the world. Not having to worry about our budget doesn’t mean we should not care about our behavoir as a consumer.

 It is easier to simply buy and not make an effort, to not even think about it. But if we stop trying because it is too hard, then we are not doing it right, ‘life’ I mean.

So next time we find ourselves in today’s hypothetical situation let’s stop, think (use the flowchart. 😉 ), and then act. Take the time. We will survive without another pair of jeans or shoes. And, with our improved self-control, we will be working on becoming better consumers and also better inhabitans of this planet.

Let me know if you found this flowchart helpful. =)

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