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Just wanted you to know I read this post. (I check your blog everyday, but don't always have a chance to comment right away.)

I don't know that I have much to say about this besides thanks for sharing wisdom.

"We buy things we don’t really need because it makes us happy for a little while.

We buy things to make up for what we lack in feelings. "

Print that on my forehead. It makes me feel so good to buy something for someone. Especially for my kids. Especially to keep them safe from harm (mental and physical) and in my home. And just to see how much they love it.


Nothing wrong with buying things to make other people happy unless it creates a financial or emotional problem for you. Some people become addicted to the "high" of the purchase itself and don't even use the object. I knew a woman with a closet full of dresses with tags on them.

Deana Birks

This is definitely a post to reread and think about. It gets to the point where people dread rather than anticipate Christmas because they know they can't afford most of the stuff they're about to buy for people they don't even like.

(Side note: when my grandmother died, we actually found an entire closet of dresses with tags on them that we never imagined she had. Clothing far more glamorous than she actually wore.)

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