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I Am Not Materialistic

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    When I'm in a store with my family

    and I see something I want I usually don't ask for it unless I really want it or need it. If someone asks me "Do you want this?" I will be honest with them, but usually follow up with "I don't need it," so that they know they don't have to be spending that money on me. I will...
    HypoallergenicUnicorn HypoallergenicUnicorn 13-15, F Nov 12

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    There's not a day that goes by

    that I'm not wearing a T-shirt. I don't understand why it's so important for women to own the most expensive things. I won't deny that wearing something glamorous isn't fun, but you don't need that ALL the time!
    Tailia12 Tailia12 16-17, F Jun 22

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    Memories and Moments are the most precious

    things not materialism!Money doesn't influence me at all! Don't get me wrong it helps but it doesn't buy happiness! I dont care how much money someone has, I dont care about things as they don't mean anything to me!If I buy a new car, a home, new things it wont make me...
    MilweePetite MilweePetite 18-21, F Jun 8

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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 6 Responses Dec 25, 2012

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    The Story Of Stuff!

    I found this interesting! Even a bit concerning http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-stuff/
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Mar 27, 2012

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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 Jul 9

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    i am probably the opposite of materialistic,

    i throw out everything. i delete all my email and i don't buy anything until i absolutely can't get something done without it. i cherish nothing but i remember it sentimentally and fondly as the trash truck hauls it away
    trailsonrails trailsonrails 51-55, M 1 Response Sep 18

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    It's ok to own nice things ,

    but don't let those things own you .
    Fallenprinceofthedarkside Fallenprinceofthedarkside 18-21, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I don't need things to make me happy.

    I could be happy with just my books, as I love to read. I need light to read so all I need are my books and a Tiffany lamp so I can see what I'm reading. I need a comfortable place to read so just some nice, comfy furniture, a soft bed to sit on, a Tiffany lamp and my books...
    thescarletibis thescarletibis 41-45, F 2 Responses Sep 4

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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

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    My son was watching a movie on VH1 earlier,

    and he went to bed and it was still on that channel. I wasn't paying attention to the TV, but something caught my attention. It was "Fabulous Life of Kim and Kanye". I couldn't care less about them or their nonsense, but what caught my ear was that this show was all about the...
    RaverFan RaverFan 41-45 4 Responses Jul 4

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    Things

    Every where I go I find people who define their self worth by the 'things' they own. Your house, car, boat, jewelery, home theatre system, tv, or computer does not add value to your personal worth. The only thing that can do that is your actions.
    k1nudey k1nudey 41-45, M 5 Responses Dec 4, 2008

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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

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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 51-55, M 3 Responses Apr 3, 2013

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    Dumpster Diver

    I used to have many things.  I came from a family that was well off and I had pretty much everything I wanted and needed.  I had my first car bought for me before I even had my license.  Up until the age of 22, I could even buy whatever I wanted because my credit...
    vampireheart vampireheart 31-35, T 2 Responses Aug 31, 2008

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    A Pig Is Still a Pig

    I don't think labels make you a better person or give you instant credibility.  If a pig puts on Gucci or Armani, it is still a pig. 
    SSCheerMO SSCheerMO 46-50, F 3 Responses Oct 7, 2007

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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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    The system that has failed the population of

    the world promotes materialism, as a means to perpetuate the movements of wealth, and the accumulation of monies for those who hold all the strings. I buy only what I need to live, no more. I don't waste my monies on this worshipful slight of hand. I buy one thing and give...
    Bourgault Bourgault 22-25, F Jun 22

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    Wealth... “Wealth consists not in having

    great possessions, but in having few wants.” ~ Epictetus
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 2 Responses Sep 18

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    Enough

    “Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them! There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough, but not too much, who are the happiest.” ~ Peace Pilgrim
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M Mar 18, 2013

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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 1 Response Jul 9

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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 51-55, M 27 Responses Jul 19, 2011

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    I don't care about buying the latest this,

    that, the third, fourth, or fifth. I don't care for being showered with gifts or routinely being bought something somewhat expensive. I just like darling things that serve their purpose. And all gifts have to show for me are appreciation and a little hint that you know me...
    DiaLuz DiaLuz 22-25, F 1 day ago

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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 46-50, F 5 Responses Jan 27, 2013

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    But...I real end some new sneakers!

    I work out 6x a week and my sneakers have become too big and my feet move around in them!! I also need some new workout gear. I only have 2 pairs of workout pants. I'm not complaining, it's just frustrating.
    Lovelywildflower Lovelywildflower 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 12

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    I think that material things don't matter.

    I don't care about money, car, clothing brands… it's just not that serious to me. I would rather have someone I'm in love by my side than to be judging him about his money and stuff. I feel like everything mean nothing if you don't have anyone to share it with, just like...
    OutOfSight23 OutOfSight23 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 8

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    It Stays After I Go

    When I was a teen I used to hold on to everything mainly because I thought that's what people did to savor a memory. After moving a few times it became ridiculous but the thought of getting rid of things wouldn't processes through my brain. After I started having kids and the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 10 Responses Sep 21, 2011

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    Bass Ackwards

    "Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order...
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 4 Responses Oct 12, 2012

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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

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    I recently moved across the country

    for the second time this decade. I could only afford to bring less than a quarter of what I owned with me. I am ok with this. I have moved often since I moved out of my mothers house when I was 17. Every 6 months to a year I would move to a new apartment. I don't think that this...
    untamablekitty untamablekitty 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 9

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    Abundance

    "Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance." ~ John Petit-Senn
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 4 Responses Mar 16, 2013

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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 31-35, M 3 Responses Nov 8

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    I am not into material things

    but I do like the comfort of a nice chair and cosy bed. Its nice to have a home even if its small and simple and an ordinary car. I count my blessings through the people that are in my life.
    missbutterflie missbutterflie 41-45, F 4 Responses Oct 21

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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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    Impoverished

    "Some people are so poor, all they have is money." ~ Unknown
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M Oct 27, 2012

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    She has threatened to EXPORT my family member

    in Canada. She and her she-male husband my Ex- Neighbour from Blake Lane, T1. The Threat CON Artist lives in Manassas. So as her She-male Secks husband, T1, ( I reside at # 202. Have no idea how did she get involve that nepali man @ 203) aka Tech System Account Specialist. The...
    December2809 December2809 70+, F Oct 16

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    Consumerism Is Ugly .

    I have never been materialistic or a huge consumer , labels mean nothing to me . In fact those who are label wh0res are amusing , they aren't bright enough to see how they are being swindled and played .Who the hell wants to keep up with the Jones , shallow , easily lead...
    Smackhead Smackhead 70+, F 3 Responses May 11, 2013

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    This statement is not true

    for me totally. I am 75% Materialistic. I want comfortable living. Happy go lucky style. I want a family my own. I want Peace and Tranquility in life. I want SICKO.Islam;s daughter out of my life. WHose mother is in a Mental Institute. I want her Pink Stuff baby father to use...
    lifeinpresion lifeinpresion 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 17

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    I'm Just A Simple Girl

    –noun 1. a person who is markedly more concerned with material things than with spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values. This partial definition comes from Dictionary.com     I wanted to make sure I knew what I was talking about ... lol. I think...
    SeriouslySappy SeriouslySappy 51-55, F 9 Responses Oct 10, 2010

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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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    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

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    I like nice things just like the next person

    but those things don't define who I am.
    SweetSillySusan SweetSillySusan 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 20

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    This story's about my 'African brother.

    ' I call him that as my parents are his 'Australian parents' and Dad an honorary member of the particular community my brother is from. We did not adopt him legally, we've just always loved him n been there for him since picking him up from the airport as a newly arrived refugee...
    hoova hoova 31-35, F 2 Responses Jul 4

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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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    On my mother's side is wealth

    and obsession with money, and on my father's a focus on education. I don't say money is unimportant. Of course all need a certain amount of money to live in a reasonable, healthy and happy way. But I am not materialistic. I saw what the love of money can do to people, and...
    Literaturegirl Literaturegirl 46-50, F 8 Responses Jun 16

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    I don't have everything

    but I have always felt I have more than enough.
    EruIluvatar EruIluvatar 70+, F 1 Response Aug 7

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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 4 Responses a week ago

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    Are there material things

    that I want to have? Sure. But I don't define myself by them. I suppose it's more about what I can do with them.
    utahwriter utahwriter 36-40, M Jun 7

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    Never, Ever

    This probably comes from a childhood where I really didn't have a whole lot and I came to appreciate what I did have.  That's still true today, I like to keep the things I own simple.   Some of what I own I've had for years.  I'm not afraid to go to a garage sale or a second...
    ChevyVan ChevyVan 46-50, M 1 Response Jun 2, 2012

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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 Jul 9

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    It is the purpose of my life, perhaps the very foundation on which life is based. Just wanting to be accepted, appreciated, cared for seems to be such as simple expectation but...
    harmony612 harmony612 26-30, M 1 Response 15 hrs ago

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