We are turning into every advertisers worst nightmare!!
We record all the television programmes that we watch on our Freesat box so we can whizz through the adverts, something we only realised fully when we stayed at the holiday cottage a couple of weeks ago and didn't have the ability to do this. Sitting watching the adverts then we kept saying Why!! What!! and WTF!!
Yes ... a lot of exclamation marks but we were incredulous at some of the adverts and the things they were promoting .... how often do you really need to change your sofa, your carpet, your bed, how much junk food do you want your family to eat, how many takeaways is it even possible to eat in one week, how many toys can your children play with and do your really want to get your child one more computer game to keep them chained to their screens when the sun is shining outdoors.
It made us realise how much we have pared back the things we buy, the things we use and the things we eat.
We don't dash out to fill the boot of the car with new household items every Sunday or Bank Holiday, the ones we have will stay with us until they are no longer able to fulfill their purpose. We don't rush to join in throngs of folk at the first day of the sales ..... if we didn't want something at full price the chances are we still don't want it just because it's reduced.
I open my subscription magazines when they arrive and out fall lots of advertising brochures, I don't read them at all they go straight in the recycling bin. If I do want something I will sit and research what I need, and where I can find it for the best possible price. I will not have someone else tell me that I need this thing or that item to live a happy and fulfilled life. When I used to buy magazines at the newsagents or supermarket I could take these advertising leaflets out there and put them in the bin provided, if there was no bin I would leave them on the shelf where others had left theirs ... it was always nice to know I wasn't alone in doing that one :-)
Over the past few years we have both taken back something that advertisers are trying to whittle away at ..... and that is control of our lives. Why follow the pack when you can run free, with just what you need and enjoy life in a simpler and more meaningful way.
Today is a No Spend Day
Photographs on this post taken from Google Images.