Saturday, December 5, 2009

My name is Shae, I am a consumer.

I'm finding it easy to embrace the whole "lower my carbon footprint and be a good role model for the kids" thing but I still suck in one area. I'm a consumer. I LOVE to buy things and spend money. I like new stuff, pretty stuff and useful and useless stuff. I'm always want want want and have an "I want" list a mile long at all times.

I am trying to be more aware of my spending habits, buy only what we need and look for second hand first. But I find it really hard!

I have just started hitting the op shops regularly to buy clothes for Tannah-which will then be passed down to the other two-as well as filling any clothes gaps for them. I even got some extra cutlery we needed from there!
If I need some new stuff I write a list and hit the shopping centre ONCE. Saves me finding more bits and pieces to buy.
Some non essentials I've bought off eBay. I figure if it's second hand and reasonably priced then it's not that big of a deal.

But here are 2 things that are annoying me no end.
One is the towel situation. We have about 10 towels of all different colours and stages of life. There are about half that could probably maybe do with replacing-but they all do the job. What i want to do so badly is buy 10 towels, 4 hand towels and 2 bath mats-all brand spanking new and all the same colour! But it would cost a bomb and we don't need them but matching towels.....

The second is this-what is wrong with this picture?

Our toaster died a couple of months ago and we replaced it with a new one (we use a toaster enough to justify a brand newie lol)but the kettle.... It is still working fine, just fine. The problem is that it didn't magically change to match the new toaster! The consumer in me says go forth right now and buy a matching kettle and the frugal eco-living Mama I am striving for says I have to wait until it dies too then replace.

Patience is a virtue so I'm told...


MoederKip said...

Keep searching through those op shops Shae - I love to pimp old pillow cases ;-)

Nic said...

I love old pillow cases too, make fantastic pillows. And this isn't going to help, but yes it would annoy me if my kettle didnt match either hehehehehe

Nic said...

ROFL I meant to say the pillow cases make fantastic little girls skirts.

anastasia_wolf said...

HAHAHA I want new towels too! I have exactly the same dilemma... I'm glad we're not rolling in money or by now I'm sure I would have justified it. and I really get the toaster/kettle thing, we have the same scenario but opposite appliances. My kettle was shite so MIL bought me a new stainless steel one, but our toaster we got from an op shop, works perfectly fine but isn't flash. It's a funny old struggle!

katepickle said...

Going to get a tad serious here and say that I think there is a heap of 'buy this, have new fancy that and feel happy' going around at the moment... or maybe I am just noticing it more?
Does it help if I tell you we've never had matching towels ever and to just put the kettle or the toaster in the cupboard so you are not so offended by the matchy matchy thing? Or else put the word out for christmas or birthday?

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