FREE is not a compelling reason to acquire something you do not need and will not use.
I love saving money, but bringing things into my home I do not need does NOT save me money. Buying things with a coupon I wouldn’t have purchased otherwise is NOT saving me money. Purchasing excess stuff at garage sale prices can be more expensive than saving my money to pay full price for something I really want.
Purchasing for my kids is not an exception. Instead of filling stockings and Easter baskets with an abundance of “cheap” junk, it is better to have fewer items that are more meaningful (not necessarily expensive).
Stop feeling like you need to fill a void with stuff.
Free things come with a cost. Every time you have to touch, clean, or move something, that is a cost. Your time is valuable! You pay rent for every item taking up space in your home. Manufacturer’s pay for those samples in some way, usually with increased product prices. Fellow consumers are paying for that pile of unused samples.
Clutter costs your peace and energy. Anything sitting around our homes that is not beautiful or functional is clutter.
I love a good deal. A good deal is when you save money for something you were going to buy no matter what. For my baby, I was able to find a used crib, swing, and a few other things at awesome second-hand prices. Some friends have even given me awesome baby stuff for FREE, but I have also turned down kind offers of free stuff I don’t need by saying “no thank you”. When I redecorated my daughters’ rooms, I was on the lookout for quality used wood dressers and night stands that could be re-finished, and ended up finding awesome stuff for prices I loved. Free stuff and good deals are awesome, but let’s just be smart about it, okay?
Holidays can be a time when the need for FREE and DEALS and COUPONS comes out in a crazy way in people. Don’t be a crazy person! Let’s focus on the people we love and the meaning of the holidays we celebrate, not all the stuff.
Phew, so glad to get that off my chest. Carry on!