The Need for Less STUFF

Hello, I got my new boots and we got rain. The upside is my feet won’t get wet.  The downside is my new boots will get muddy on their first adventure out!



But that’s what they’re for and that’s another reason I’m so glad I’m not the kind of person that spends a fortune on clothes and  STUFF!

I will show you pics of my boots in a sec, but I want to tell you about a conversion I had with someone at work that was just awesome.  I think you will relate.

I was helping a user at work and when I finished, we were chatting about retirement and of course the money that is needed for it.

We both agreed that we really don’t need that much because our priorities have changed as we got older.

He said what makes him the most happy is the moment he can sit with a cup of coffee on the patio with his dog.  I told him my most favorite thing to do is spend time lazing in bed with my cats on Sunday morning, playing on my iPad.  There is nothing better to me than watching something while just kicking back with my fur babies in the comfort of my sweats and pillows.

We talked about STUFF.  He said he spent most of his life accumulating it and now he’s spending most of his time getting rid of it!  Winking smile  Sound familiar?

I just don’t want the crap I used to want and sometimes when I see the things I’ve bought (there isn’t much left as I’ve gotten rid of so much) but I still wonder why I wanted it in the first place.

I know that when I retire, I will be able to live simply and frugally and it won’t bother me a bit.  I have learned so much while in a Chapter 13 to live within my means that I will take that knowledge and wisdom with me into retirement.  I still have a lot to learn. Retirement might be the time in my life where I feel like I finally belong.

How do you feel about stuff?  Can you get by on less now that you are older?

Okay, now I want to show you the great boots that I got for 19.99 at Big Five!

I love them and they fit perfectly.


Wow, I didn’t realize how bad my old ones were until I looked at the tread!  I really wore them out.  These are so nice!


I feel special!

These great, inexpensive boots will probably last me at least 3 or 4 years!  Definitely the last pair of hiking boots I’ll need to buy while making these Sixty Payments!

What’s your plans this weekend?  I am taking my kid to her golf clinic tomorrow and her pro lesson on Sunday.  She is playing 18 with her dad so I’ll have some time at home to putz around, in my sweats!  Just the way I like it.

Have a great day!



7 thoughts on “The Need for Less STUFF

  1. I’m with you. I find myself wanting less stuff and finding happiness in just small things that don’t cost money. A sunny day, my morning cup of coffee! and flowers in my yard. Now – if I could just get my DH on the same page….sigh….

  2. I’ve always been a minimalist for most of my life. Clutter and stuff makes me anxious. But the second we had a kid, we accumulated so much crap!! I kept it simple for the first year, but his first birthday changed everything. Enter toys, clothes, basically ALL THE THINGS! With #2 on the way, we’re trying to clear out things, and get back to the basics!

    Of course now my mil is living with us, and she is a hoarder with an addiction to shopping, soooo…it’s an uphill battle over here. 😉

  3. I’m in my early/mid thirties and I am so sick of clutter and random crap. I don’t even like getting it as a present anymore.

    It’s a function of having moved over a dozen times in as many years (yay, too much education!), paying for storage, throwing so much stuff out that I couldn’t afford to move, and now, not having a lot of storage. And as I get older, I want the security of money in the bank way more than I want new stuff.

    Of course, I was different in my youth, and my parents would love for me to clean my crap of of their basement…. 🙂

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