52 objects: No. 5

52 objects: No. 5 - www.scalingbackblog.com

It took me a long time to come to the realization that it was much smarter for me to save up and buy something I really wanted and had coveted for a long time rather than settle for something because it was inexpensive or on sale.  It’s always a bonus to find things at a discount but I’ve learnt that if I really want something than I shouldn’t settle for anything less.  When I do buy something on impulse or on sale I’m inevitably disappointed or regretful.  These days I try to focus on what I really need or want and take some time to reflect on it before purchasing.  I know some people love a bargain and pride themselves on never buying things full price, I always feel like I’m being pressured to make a decision merely because it’s on sale or a good deal.

52 objects - no 5 www.scalingbackblog.com

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    6 thoughts on “52 objects: No. 5

    1. Shana

      I love how you say: “I always feel like I’m being pressured to make a decision merely because it’s on sale or a good deal.” — This is a great way to think about it. After wanting to replace a very ugly and cheap black plastic radio for several years with a Tivoli Audio, I finally did it! Yes, they are pricy, but so beautiful and the audio is awesome. Should have done it sooner, but I suppose it makes me appreciate the Tivoli more now because I waited for it. I love a good deal too, but honestly the people who only shop a bargain (and tell about it) bug me. I love your philosophy of buy less, but don’t be afraid to spend a little on what really matters to you.

      1. Tina Post author

        Thanks Shana,

        I know that it isn’t always the most popular response to state that I don’t like to shop for a bargain but I find that personally it just gets me into trouble. I have wanted A Tivoli for a long time but haven’t made the leap myself, I’m glad to hear that you think it’s worth it, they are so beautiful! I do find the longer I wait and save for something I do appreciate it all that much more. Thanks again for the comments!

    2. Katie @ Whole Nourishment

      This series is getting me to start looking around my house and thinking deeper about what I really value and why. It’s a wonderful exercise in gratitude, isn’t it?! I have an orange side table in our reading nook about this same color that also makes me smile. 🙂

    3. Tina Post author

      I couldn’t agree more Katie. I think sometimes we spend too much time focusing on what we don’t have and less time on appreciating what’s around us everyday.

    4. Zola Spud

      Love the chair. Also love the book shelf and particularly love the ceramic tortoise on the side-table! Please can you tell us more about those? x

      1. Tina Post author

        Hi Zola,

        It always makes me happy when someone likes the photos from my 52 objects post. I’m sure that both the bookcase and tortoise will most likely end up on the list at some point. I’m kind of picking things as I go and I’m not sure what will come next. The bookcase is from Design Within Reach and the tortoise is part of the menagerie collection from Jonathan Adler. I have a whole collection of ceramic animals that I have scattered all over my house and they always bring a smile to my face!


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