November 1, 2008 by missmegany
While I was talking to Pat the other day, I talked about WHY I was trying to only spend 74.65
This is what we said:
me: and I do want to see if I can actually stick to this amount…. because I think it’s so easy these days to spend money without thinking about it effortlessly
It dawned on me that a big reason why I’m trying to do this is because of the whole concept of consumerism. So now I’m wondering if I should alter the way I’m doing this. Most things that we buy we treat as disposable–we don’t show an acknowledgement of how much work has gone into it. In fact, out of a range of options, we’ll often buy the one that took the least amount of effort. We don’t think about the impact on the environment or the people who have made it. I want to avoid this and try to be more aware when buying things.
However, times when you are directly paying the producer (a gig, homemade clothes, art, crafts, etc) don’t really fit into that. Actually, I suppose that isn’t true. Arts and crafts and clothes still require materials that come from the same long chain of producers (unless it’s from some sheep farmer who dies and spins and weaves their own wool for clothes. . . . nothing I own falls into that category) So gigs. I directly pay the person, I don’t get a tangible item to take for granted. SO should those be exempt? Would transportation fall into the same category?
Mac said I’m just trying to justify what I spend money on. Robin said “you not counting going to gigs would be like me saying that I’m not going to count buying clothes”. I’d like to think that isn’t the case, but. . . .