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I Am Not Materialistic

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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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    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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    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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    Just needy. But few care.

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

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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 4 Responses May 12

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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 1 Response Jan 8

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 21, 2014

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

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    Some days I think that it would be a blessing

    to me to lose all of my material possessions.
    mombo1969 mombo1969 41-45, M 2 Responses May 12

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

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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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    lifeaintshit lifeaintshit 18-21, M Jan 24

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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 3 Responses Nov 16, 2014

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    It's ok to own nice things ,

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

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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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    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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    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 3 Responses Jan 27, 2013

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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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    Wealth... “Wealth consists not in having

    great possessions, but in having few wants.” ~ Epictetus
    sciguy18 sciguy18 56-60, M 2 Responses Sep 18, 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 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 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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    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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    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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    Unbeholden Unbeholden 18-21, M 1 Response May 12

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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 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 6 Responses Apr 20

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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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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    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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    ​I 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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    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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    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 9 Responses Sep 21, 2011

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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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    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, 2014

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    Kman4You Kman4You 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 20

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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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    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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