You dont need to buy expensive to be minimalist

People that are new to minimalism often think you must have the newest Ipad, Iphone and the newest gadgets. Like Minimalism is a Apple showroom or something.

Well, that is not what minimalism should be about, look at Ghandi, had a wooden spoon and a few old flip flops. Minimalism is not about wanting the fancy flat laptops or the newest specialty bedding or gadgets that compact your other gadgets into one.

Sure these things are useful and if you go on the path chasing after expensive minimalist gadgets you might as well go on the path of things in general and more things in your life.

Minimalism should be about having less of the things that are in your way and more in the way of having stuff that are worth keeping and that are useful to you.

If you cant afford a Apple something such as an Ipad or whatever, there are cheaper options and if they do the trick or task, who cares if they are a fraction of the price?

If something does the task you need it to do, you don’t need something more expensive for the sake of brands. Quality makes a difference but sometimes you pay more for the brand than the quality you get.

Imagine working out quality per dollar, i’m sure certain things we buy we get a lot less quality per dollar than if we bought something cheaper that does the same task.


Taking minimalism to the extreme, buy nothing in 2012

I just thought about something i think i’ll try to stick with. I’m not really one for new year’s resolutions but I’m going to try my best not to buy anything in 2012. Obviously if there are bills for hosting, petrol for the car or maybe a tire that needs to be replaced i’ll do it. This also excludes things that I need for health sake, like pills or toothbrushes. Basically I’m going to try not to buy anything at all as much as possible.

Is this even possible? My wife busy the food so that also excludes that and might make it a bit unfair for others that might want to do the same but the project is with common sense, you have to eat obviously.

The main thing is not to buy gadgets, software, junk i dont need, camping gear etc. If i want something i’m going to have to make it myself.

Is this possible?