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I Am Not Materialistic

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    No I'm definitely not!

    I think it's quite sad really, things are things, they don't make you happy! What matters is people, they're the important parts of life, not owning the latest stuff! Something that winds me up is people going on about Christmas - getting in a huge flap about buying this or...
    CaffeineJunky CaffeineJunky 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 20

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    Too many people are materialistic.

    If you don't have a certain car, phone, job, or house then people don't want anything to do with you. Seriously, what the hell?
    Peridot22 Peridot22 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 20

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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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    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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    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 3 Responses Dec 16, 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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 2

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    I don't obtain things just to HAVE them.

    I get things to make things easier or more comfortable.
    bikegenius1 bikegenius1 51-55, M 2 Responses 1 day ago

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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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    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 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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    lifeaintshit lifeaintshit 18-21, M Jan 24

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    I happen to be a Roman Catholic,

    even tho many people from my country are not, and i have known people of many different religions, or 'faiths' as some people i know call them and I just wanted to say that Im really grateful to my maker for who and what I am and i love this biblical quote which goes something...
    WhisperinAngel WhisperinAngel 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 20

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    U & Me forever this way www.

    nidhisuraj.com There are so many Love Stories in this world. Few stories become so famous but few are unsaid and been buried with time. Few others share their love stories with their friends, while some leave them as sweet memories for themselves within their hearts and few...
    evan003 evan003 18-21, F Jul 21

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    Kman4You Kman4You 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 20

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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
    Niveaforthesoul Niveaforthesoul 18-21, M 4 Responses Jun 24

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    Sometimes I just feel like being homeless isn't

    bad... I could have break free into the wild. xD
    SaladWitch SaladWitch 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 21

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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 31-35, M 2 Responses May 13

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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 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 don't have much but I live off of memories.

    most people don't get me anyway. so...I just make the most of the time I spend with my misfit besties. :D
    dragonrule029 dragonrule029 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 20

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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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    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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    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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    Just needy. But few care.

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

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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 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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jun 13

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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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    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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    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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    im not materialistic,

    i just dont understand people nowadays and their materialistic needs. i dont need the a nice big house, a big fancy car or the latest smart phone or numerous other gadgets in order to be happy, im just happy being me!!
    cowshed123 cowshed123 31-35, M 3 Responses Jul 17

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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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    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 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 2 Responses May 12

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