Minimalist's view on back to school season - Slow and Happy blog minimalism, simple life, anti-consumerism

Back to school is another consumerism feast in the year. After Christmas or Valentine’s Day presents and Easter home decorations, someone made us spend money on buying NEW things every year when school year begins.

When I was going to school, I used to buy new things (clothes, pencil-case, school-bag, pens and sports shoes). I bought a new item when the previous one become destroyed, worn out or too small. And not because it was August/September!

When my shoes which I wore at school become worn out in May, I bought a new pair in May. So there was no need for new shoes in September!

And even if my shoes were two years old but still wherein good condition – there was no need to buy new pair!

Buy when you need.

For me the only things that needed to be bought every August/September were books and notebooks. But in the last few years of schools, when we were grown up, we were proud to use notebooks for more than a year and to buy second-hand books. Just because young people hate school, we didn’t want to spend money on those books.

When you buy tones of new things because of back to school season, you’re a perfect consumer for big shops, brands and producers. You’re a perfect citizen: you pay value added tax with every purchase. And you have to work and earn more, so again, you pay taxes.

But from a point of view of being a human being – it’s stupid. Try to be conscious of your actions.

Don’t exchange your work time and effort for stupid and unnecessary items that someone else want you to buy.


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