1 I like to buy durable stuff. If I were to buy cheap and easily breaking things, they would wear out more quickly, and then I would have to buy new things to replace them. I think that not owning a laptop fits right in this category. I think I have had my PC for at least 4 years now, works just fine. How many people with a 4-year-old laptop can say the same?
2 I am cautious and even painfully slow with my purchases (it shouldn´t come as a surprise since it took me like 6 months to buy a new camera..) I like to wait for a good offer on the thing I want, and sometimes I do find good deals by accident. Because I don’t usually get excited about spiked rugs or sodastream machines, unused appliances don´t gather dust in my cupboards.
3 I like to fix stuff, and that extends the life of the products I buy. Because I am naturally curious, I like to find out how things work, and fix them myself, rather than letting someone else do it.
4 I like to make my own stuff. I’ve decorated my home with inherited furniture and many things that I’ve made myself. Doing that, I’ve skipped buying on many occasions.
5 I buy almost all my clothes from second-hand shops. Those poor people in India would be left without a careless employer if it wasn’t for all the other people in the world to buy the clothes they make.
6 I use the library and don’t have any magazine subscriptions. I’ve even tried to refuse my workers union newsletter as well as Amnesty’s but I guess that is not possible. I only own books that have significant sentimental value to me, or are otherwise practical to have at hand, like some pilates books. I know that I could have electronic magazines, that would be better for me.
7 I buy food from our organic circle or even worse: GROW IT MYSELF. And then I pick berries and mushrooms, instead of just buying them. I know what you are thinking: I am a hopeless anarchist.
8 I mostly cook at home, I don´t eat out that often, maybe once a week at most. I like to know what is in my own food and I get strange kind of satisfaction when I think of a course that will finish all my remaining left-overs. I think of it like it is a puzzle in the shape of food. ( Strangely enough chopping is my favourite part of cooking, but let us not explore that topic any further)
9 I don´t have a car. If I were to have a car, I would pay more taxes, buy gasoline (with tax of course), buy all kinds of car-related stuff, pay for repairs and check-ups etc. Now I just pay for public transportation occasionally but mostly I ride my bike.
10 I enjoy simple things: cycling, running, reading, photographing, gardening, drawing, cooking, baking, writing a blog. I don´t require very expensive gear for most of these hobbies, I´m very low-key(the camera makes an exception that proves the rule).
Judging by these 10 things, I am basically an enemy of the state, not keeping those wheels of economy rolling steadily towards eternal growth. The good thing about these 10 reasons why I´m a bad consumer, is that I haven’t actually become “bad” or reduced my spending because of the so-called depression, no no, I´ve been like this for a good while now. Just keep in mind that I am the way I am for many reasons, one of them being that I had gotten used to being poor as a student and another that I like to think of myself as a sustainable development kind of person. Right now I might have the strength to go through all this trouble with reasons 1-10, but in a few years the situation might change, if it does, you are welcome to approach me and slap me out of my craziness. Sorry if this post was too rebellious, I guess I was feeling like that today!