While Kate made a few purchases, I found myself struggling to find a store I even wanted to enter. I spent a few minutes at EMS browsing some hiking boots and Smartwool socks but left the store with all the green backs still tucked safely in my wallet.
After just four hours we crossed the river and headed home exhausted. How could that even be possible?
I've actually given it some thought since then and it occurred to me that there was absolutely not one single item in that mall that I needed. In fact, I cannot think of a single item in any mall that I "need". I began to wonder about all those people who bought something there... how many of those items were truly a necessity?
Many times I have considered the fine line between want and need. How do you separate the two? If you are not going to be happy until you have a particular item, does it immediately become a need? When is the last time you bought something that made you happy? Does the cost of an item determine if it is a want or a need?
Maslow's hierarchy of needs is below...
How many of these cost money? Can you find creative ways to meet these needs at a minimal cost? Would you find willfully living on less money freeing or debilitating? Just a little something to think about as you begin your new year.