Alison (bohemiancoast) wrote,

Frugality and Valentine's Day

All this Valentine's Day stuff has got completely out of hand. One of the most inspiring things I've seen in the last few months is The Story of Stuff, about how, as a direct result of the post WWII reconstruction effort, we have all spent our whole lives being systematically manipulated into spending all our money and energy on stuff acquisition. The media fooferol around Valentine's Day is a very good example of this.

I know that I have some acquisition issues, partiuclarly around small shiny gadgets. But on the whole, and especially since watching The Story of Stuff, I've been thinking quite hard about whether I need to replace things, particularly things that work. Because wouldn't it be better to have less stuff and more time to enjoy all the stuff?

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