How Much Stuff Do You Think Is Enough?

I was recently listening to a song by The Fixx called “How Much Is Enough”, and I could really relate to the lyrics.

“How much is enough when your soul is empty? How much is enough in the land of plenty? When you have all you want and you still feel nothing. How much is enough, is enough? How much is enough? Buy, buy, buy…”

You see, stuff doesn’t do anything for me anymore. In fact, I find it absolutely ludicrous how many people continue to buy stuff they can’t afford, to only buy a bigger house they can’t afford to store it – all because they have been brainwashed into believing that this is the way.

It’s a self-perpetuating cycle that never seems to end. And I find it preposterous that people have so much stuff, that we now have an entire industry built on organizing and managing excess stuff.

Stuff we don’t need.

I’m proud to be an outcast. I have no desire to be a part of the never-ending cycle often referred to as consumerism. Just think about how freeing it would be to no longer be held hostage by stuff. Maybe I should issue a challenge to free yourself from this stuff. Trust me, it’s quite liberating once you get the hang of it.

Some people have turned acquiring stuff into a full-fledged sport. There must be something wrong with me because it mostly just stresses me out. The decisions, the lines, the people, the headaches. It’s a harrowing experience!

We Escapadians have a protocol for acquiring stuff. 

When Mr. FE and I decide we need something, the first thing we do is write it down and discuss whether or not we really need the item. We just don’t go out and buy it without putting in some research. Instead, we immediately turn into private investigators and ask questions. We look for every alternative, and if we think we still need the item in the end, we then make a determination on whether to buy it new or used.

We also have learned not to waste our money on cheap stuff, and to buy only quality items that will last.

I once thought I needed to replace our knives because they were getting dull, so I embarked upon a mission to find some new ones. I had somehow managed to convince myself that I needed to have a brand new set. Maybe I thought I was going to be the next contestant on MasterChef!

Mr. FE analyzing stuff.

That was until Mr. FE brought me back down to earth, and came up with the idea to buy a knife sharpener in lieu of a new set. Problem is, we initially purchased a cheap plastic knife sharpener that didn’t, well…sharpen.

After some money wasted and some additional research, we ended up buying a sharpening stone for a mere $13.95 that works like a charm. Lesson learned: only buy quality stuff even if you pay more.

Here are the five Escapadian rules we live by when we think we need more stuff:

  1. If we think we need an item, we write it down.
  2. We discuss the item with each other to see if there may be another alternative.
  3. We research whether or not the item should be purchased new or used.
  4. We look for quality at a good price and stay away from the cheap stuff.
  5. I breathe a sigh of relief that the item we needed was purchased mindfully.

What are your thoughts on consumerism? 


2 thoughts on “How Much Stuff Do You Think Is Enough?

  1. {quote}
    If we think we need an item, we write it down.

    [Feigns anger]

    What? You mean you *think about what you buy* before you buy it? Whoa, that’s crazy talk!

    [Feigned anger off]

    All joking aside, I just heard “How Much is Enough” for the first time a few minutes ago (thank you, WBCQ!). What an amazing song! The lyrics haven’t dated one bit, either, despite the song being more than a quarter-century old.

    Anyhow, when I used my favourite search engine to look for the lyrics, your blog entry came up.

    I’m a little sad (though not very surprised) that the entry didn’t generate much in the way of comments. American culture is consumer-based and it’s a rare person indeed nowadays who asks themselves, “Do I really need this?” before they buy something. Between credit cards and other debt “products” like home equity loans, it’s far too easy for everyone to simply spend, spend, spend until there isn’t anything left to spend.

    It sounds like you and Mr. FE have tuned the corner from being “consumers” into being “conservers.” That’s a move that relatively few people ever make and I congratulate both of you on your self-awareness.

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    1. You’re right! It is “crazy talk”! We’ve definitely come a long way in our battle against consumerism.

      So happy you checked out The Fixx! 🙂 They are an awesome band and we have seen them perform live many times. They never disappoint! What’s fascinating is that Cy Curnin (lead singer) is a great lyricist who practices what he preaches. He resides on a rural farm in France where he grows his own food and resists consumerism.

      Originally, we did generate a ton of comments on this post, but somewhere along the way we encountered a problem where the link to the post broke. After going back and forth trying to remedy it with WordPress, we decided to create a “new” post by copying and pasting it. It corrected the link problem, but sadly, we lost the comments in the process.

      We really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on the blog post! 🙂


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