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I Am Not Materialistic

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    I am happy if I got a warm home,

    some food to eat and sisters to play with (and fight with sometimes).
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 16

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    Papers Please...

    i think that it is absolutely amazing ust how shallow and materialistic people have become.  Whatever happened to loving someone for who they are not what they can give you?... it seems that everywhere i turn i'm not considered "good enough" because either i dont...
    jsigel511 jsigel511 26-30 2 Responses Jun 2, 2008

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    Kman4You Kman4You 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 20

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    I love experiences, not things.

    That is what is shown to bring the most happiness. You won't remember that sofa or chair that sits in the corner. The car you drive, the clothes that sit in your closet, or the purses will not bring you comfort. Financial security is nice, but a bank account can't fill a void and...
    kwarner kwarner 36-40, M 2 Responses Nov 8, 2014

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    I give regularly old

    and not so old things to Jewish charity. When I buy something new I go through my cupboards and assemble things to give away. The only things I discard completely are my panties, as they, well I wouldn't wear somebody else's cast off panties. Even books I give away when I buy...
    Astrucbmt Astrucbmt 22-25, F 1 Response May 12

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    I'm the only child in my family

    but I don't ask for everything. I don't understand how someone goes to a store and buys something that they don't need. Like if I went to Bath & Body Works with my mom, I wouldn't grab 8 bubble baths and body lotions off the shelf just because they are there. People are too...
    imasweetheart imasweetheart 13-15, F 2 Responses May 12

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    Material Riches

    "Possession of material riches, without inner peace, is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake." ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
    sciguy18 sciguy18 56-60, M 3 Responses Apr 3, 2013

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    My sister cries that she is poor

    as she apparently cannot afford the things she "needs" or "wants" in her life yet she can afford expensive name brand clothes shoes and accessories. she has traveled a lot with her husband as well. They together earn enough to live a somewhat lavish life but they seem to not...
    XwonderlustX XwonderlustX 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 22, 2014

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    Grey leather jacket..

    I hve a brown one just like most of us..and I bought it 2 years ago.. I think it's okay huh to indulge my pleasure on jackets after 2 years :))
    FaitAccomp1i FaitAccomp1i 70+, M 1 Response Mar 6

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    I would much rather someone share their time

    with me, than hand me a gift and leave. dont get me wrong, gifts are nice, but not as nice as interaction.
    lifealwayschanges lifealwayschanges 41-45, F 7 Responses Jun 13

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    bettybloops bettybloops 22-25, F 9 Responses Dec 1, 2014

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    Living In The Material World

    I have had more than a tolerable number of people question (or outright chastise) my lack of materialism.A former girlfriend constantly badgered me to buy a new car. Now the car WAS old, but it was comfortable, in good running condition and perfectly safe. It was like a broken...
    sciguy18 sciguy18 56-60, M 26 Responses Jul 19, 2011

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    I live a fairly Spartan

    and minimalist lifestyle. If I don't use something in over a year I don't need it. Know what you have and why you have it.
    Caprika Caprika 46-50, M 3 Responses May 12

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    Not a greedy guy by any stretch.

    I enjoy very simple things. Usually outside hanging out under the trees, watching a game on the couch, or coaching. I watch all my friends and family members chase after possessions and I feel for them a little. There is nothing wrong with wanting or having nice things, but...
    tiredgoodguy tiredgoodguy 26-30, M 3 Responses May 13

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    A lot of people are materialistic

    and sometimes I wonder why that is. Why can't they appreciate what actually matters?
    Peridot22 Peridot22 22-25, F 1 Response May 12

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    The Things You Own Begin To Own You

    This birthday, no one knew what to get me because there is genuinely nothing I want. Everything I need is in the forest, and I would rather make it by hand anyway. Having "things" just ties you down, forces you to lug them around, and often forces you to stay within the confines...
    Fernwolf Fernwolf 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 25, 2012

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    Im grateful to my maker

    for who I am and i love this quote 'I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that fully well' im not saying its bad to shop or to earn a living or to have dreams,,, but why be a hopeless drone of the system....i...
    WhisperinAngel WhisperinAngel 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 20

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    I am a happy person with very simple needs.

    I love my family, pets and friends. As long as the people in my life are well and I have my morning coffee my day goes quite well:-)
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jul 9, 2014

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    I'm really not. I donate :) When I outgrow

    clothes, I take them and donate them. I don't want the most expensive of anything. I don't wear $100 jeans, or anything crazy like some girls or even guys. My shoes aren't $200 or anything. I don't understand why anyone really would want the most expensive things, it doesn't...
    emeraldp997 emeraldp997 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    When I buy something newI get rid of something

    old,I give to charity for the poor,It's never quite a chore,To care for those less well offI'm sorry if I sound some kind of toff!When I buy something blue,I watch it with interest,I give old movies to raise money for others,There are children poor in need of mothers,To care for...
    Paca24 Paca24 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 16, 2014

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    lifeaintshit lifeaintshit 18-21, M Jan 24

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    I would love to be less materialistic.

    I'm definitely working on it and it's a huge goal of mine to start creating a more minimalist, simplistic environment for myself.
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Apr 20

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    I like material things,

    but I can never see myself buying them because I feel my money can go to better uses
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F Dec 1, 2014

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    I am about as far from materialistic

    as they come. Things are a nice distraction, but they are not the end game. they aren't what im after
    TheWickedJester TheWickedJester 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 13

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    I am very much inspired by idea of minimalistic

    lifestyle. I never really had much possessions. We didn't have much money when I was young and I am use to to live with less. The change for me is that now I embrace it and don't feel bad when I don't have money for new shoe. Stuff is good if you need it. I don't give everything...
    tripwithzip tripwithzip 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 13

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    What Makes Me Happy

    I drive a 1980 Mazda 929. It's awful to look at but it gets me from point A to point B. I don't spend a lot of money on clothing, though if I had more money I would buy more clothing. I don't need it though. I really don't need much of anything. I make do with a beat up car, a...
    MamaMoopsie MamaMoopsie 22-25, F 4 Responses May 31, 2008

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    Nothing gets on my nerves more

    than when people -even my parents sometimes- are so concerned about what you have or the way you look or the way you represent yourself. None of that matters because if you really cared about who I was, then you'd get to know me. And not only do I hate materialistic but people...
    PteMatriarch PteMatriarch 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 13, 2014

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    My dad wont stop stressing over having enough

    money to buy me a gift for my birthday. No matter how many times I tell him I dont want or need anything for my bday he insists on getting me something. Whyyyyyyyy. I dont care about gifts. Theyre just things. I dont need any more things and I dont need him spending his money on...
    tarara0414 tarara0414 18-21, F 7 Responses Apr 5

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    I joined this group because I honestly thought

    I wasn't materialistic. But then I sat down and thought about it. I love my Land Rover Discovery 4x4, and it's essential. I love my 52" TV - it's the only way I relax after a hard days graft. I love my phone as it's my link with the outside world. I love my PC for too many...
    LadySylvia LadySylvia 36-40, F 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    You Can't Buy Happiness

    Money can provide the means, But there is a spiritual ingredient to happiness
    LordVoldemort LordVoldemort 36-40, F 8 Responses Oct 11, 2010

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    LetMeBeBlunt LetMeBeBlunt 26-30, M 1 Response Dec 1, 2014

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    The only things I wouldn't part with are: -My

    car- try and take it away from me- suffer the consequences! -phone -computer -pillows -blankets -my favorite stuffed animals- yea , bite me :) - books/ magazines - some science equipment/ materials I have - my drums/ all other musical instruments - cd's/ cassettes...
    AquariusLife AquariusLife 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 16, 2014

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    ugh. welcome to December.

    'tis the season to bombard people with relentless commercial advertising. I love winter however, Christmas is gay. can't wait until January.
    mierdamundo mierdamundo 31-35 1 Response Dec 1, 2014

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    All I need in life is friends,

    family, a general sense of wellbeing, food, water, and fresh air. Is this asking for too much?
    PinksTheNewBlack PinksTheNewBlack 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 1

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    Abundance

    "Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance." ~ John Petit-Senn
    sciguy18 sciguy18 56-60, M 3 Responses Mar 16, 2013

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    As humans now a days we aren't grateful

    for what we have. We think the more we have the happier we are but that's total bs. Be grateful
    hellotherecali hellotherecali 18-21, M 5 Responses Jun 24

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    Just needy. But few care.

    Because they are needy too.
    Converted Converted 46-50, M 1 Response Apr 16

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    How come society makes us feel bad

    for thinking out the box when all the time it's made up to control us. Come play at secreterotica . com it's sexy, fun the groups and library are wicked and no BS censorship either.
    YouKnowItMakesSense YouKnowItMakesSense 31-35, M Nov 28, 2014

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    I Believe everybody is born Non-Materialistic.

    Its just the surroundings that makes us explore things of these worlds.as we grow younger we start identifying our needs with materialistic things.It becomes so acute for some people that it starts defining their personality and attitude.Craze for IPhone 6 may be one such example...
    mimodsp mimodsp 31-35, M Jan 8

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    I am not materialistic but.

    .. These jackets for my nieces are to die for, I only wish you could feel how soft they are on the screen. Can't wait to see them on them, they will be so squishydorable!
    Tinboxdoll Tinboxdoll 36-40, F 4 Responses Dec 16, 2014

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    The Soul Of The Things

    I don't know if I'm alone with that but I love old things. Someone built them and if I bought something second hand, this furniture or whatever it is, meant something to someone. I can't replace things that still work, it feels like abandon an old friend. On the other hand, if I...
    RickiChickie RickiChickie 51-55, F 3 Responses Jan 27, 2013

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    The Paradox Of Living.

    i heard this from a good mentor of mine and it's worth the share. we tend to desire material things like gadgets, diamonds etc. but when we think about it, what are really the most valuable in life? these are good health, love of family and friends, our talents, our creative...
    coffeelatte coffeelatte 22-25, F Jul 9, 2013

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    ‚ÄčI do celebrate Christmas.

    But I didn't buy a physical Christmas tree. This is kind of what my mental Christmas tree looks like...Christmas presents don't matter to me. In fact, I returned the only Christmas present I received. What matters to me are emotions. While I'm not even close to being a happy...
    insidious2014 insidious2014 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 25, 2014

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    My parents and my brothers will attest,

    I am impossible to buy anything for. I am not materialistic, I don't have to have the latest thing, the newest thing to wear, or gadget. I don't have to go to the cinema to see the latest movie, although sometimes it is nice to. I am also a recycler, if I buy something new I...
    Skjeggstad Skjeggstad 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 16, 2014

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    It's ok to own nice things ,

    but don't let those things own you .
    Godofblackclouds Godofblackclouds 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 22, 2014

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