Saturday, January 21
The High Price of Materialism
I posted this a while back on Facebook, but wanted to post it here too.
A few interesting points made in the video:
- As materialism goes up, care for the earth goes down.
- People focus more on material things when they feel insecure.
- The more people are exposed to the media, the more materialistic they are.
- As intrinsic values go up, materialism goes down.
Materialism is easy to succumb to all the time, especially when having a baby! There are checklists everywhere that tell me all of the things I need to buy and all the clothes are so cute! I think our decision to be surprised about the gender of our baby has helped me curb the urge to buy cute clothes, at least (and it has probably kept others from buying too many clothes for our baby too!)
The nest has an article that suggests we should budget $30,000 for a baby! Whoa. Fortunately, we have been given many things that friends nearby don't need anymore, and we've been able to get a few good quality things we wanted off of craigslist. Through an online forum, I recently came across this article on the real cost of raising children and this one on the what newborns really need that are helpful in keeping perspective as well.