Is Being a Consumer Good for You?

Well, is it? I've been thinking about Consumerism a lot lately, and how it drives the economy(which I know nothing about so bare with me).

Even as I type this blog I'm drinking a coke, so shame on me? I've been fantasizing about how one could live making money without spending it and is it even possible to breakaway from the consumerist lifestyle that the majority of us partake in. I'm not saying I want to quit buying comics and go live in the sticks(well, further into the sticks) but any suggestions on small steps towards saving money in general? I understand the irony of posting this on a site dedicated to following monthly publications but I've come to like you guys and gals and would love to hear your opinion on this topic.

26 Comments
26 Comments
Posted by turoksonofstone

Buy only what you need.

Edited by Edamame

I am the atypical type who focuses on the necessities of life, and I like to save money. I don't like to buy a lot of things. In my opinion, it isn't always about how much money you make. Besides, life can be quite expensive even without indulging. lol It all depends upon how you want to live your life, though.

Posted by gravitypress

@turoksonofstone said:

Buy only what you need.

I think a few wants aren't bad but we get ridiculous with the crap we buy.

Posted by cyberninja

The things you own end up owning you.

Posted by turoksonofstone

  @cyberninja said:

The things you own end up owning you.

Posted by utotheg38

@turoksonofstone said:

Buy only what you need.

But I need expensive shoes, Cuz girls won't boink me without them. :O

Posted by cyberninja
@turoksonofstone said:
  @cyberninja said:
The things you own end up owning you.

Flawless. 
Posted by The Impersonator

Consumer is good. Because we need to consume goods in order to survive. Just like Galactus :P

Posted by gravitypress

@DoomDoomDoom: I will put it to you like this the government wants you to spend your money and the money you don't have (ei. Credit cards) because anything you buy increases our GDP. The gov believes if we increase growth our GDP will increase to a point that it pays off the countries debt by growth alone. Is it good? That would depend on how you feel about going into debt for things that will last about 3~5 years if you are lucky. The down side is what we see today we are so far in debt and we sent our jobs to China. We as consumers don't have the buying power we used to so our growth will top off and our debts will be due when we cannot afford them. Sadly the Gov. doesn't learn from its mistakes or admits it might be wrong so we are on a roller coaster that will end poorly. There still is time to fix the problem but every minute we hold off on the repair the fix will hurt worse. We need to make the people in charge of this nation see the road we are on and work together to fix this.

Posted by difficlus

Don't over do it though that's what capitalism teaches, buy until you are content and try not to be greedy. make sure you are content with only JUST above what you basically need. ALso try not to spend over your means, use money attained through asset returns rather than money directly from income.

@gravitypress said:

@DoomDoomDoom: I will put it to you like this the government wants you to spend your money and the money you don't have (ei. Credit cards) because anything you buy increases our GDP. The gov believes if we increase growth our GDP will increase to a point that it pays off the countries debt by growth alone. Is it good? That would depend on how you feel about going into debt for things that will last about 3~5 years if you are lucky. The down side is what we see today we are so far in debt and we sent our jobs to China. We as consumers don't have the buying power we used to so our growth will top off and our debts will be due when we cannot afford them. Sadly the Gov. doesn't learn from its mistakes or admits it might be wrong so we are on a roller coaster that will end poorly. There still is time to fix the problem but every minute we hold off on the repair the fix will hurt worse. We need to make the people in charge of this nation see the road we are on and work together to fix this.

increasing consumer consumption can also decrease the GDP apparently. economics is complicated like that...

Posted by PowerHerc

Is it possible to stay alive without comsumption? No.

Thus, being a consumer is necessary. It's required for survival.

Posted by MisterX

@DoomDoomDoom: Have you ever read Aldous Huxley's Island? Consumerism is touched upon in that book, and it's a pretty awesome novel in general. Of course Brave New World does a fine job as well.

Posted by DoomDoomDoom

@MisterX: I have not read the Island but I will check it out now that you've suggested it.

Posted by MisterX

@DoomDoomDoom: Let me know what you think of it. Cool picture by the way. Personally, I thought 1984 was more entertaining than Brave New World, but they're both still incredible books.

Posted by RazzaTazz

You should look up the Story of Stuff.  it is important to buy stuff, but it is important not buy just for the sake of buying

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Posted by DoomDoomDoom

@RazzaTazz said:

You should look up the Story of Stuff. it is important to buy stuff, but it is important not buy just for the sake of buying

Thanks for the suggestion, interesting videos, I'll post one to share.

Posted by DoomDoomDoom
Posted by RazzaTazz
@DoomDoomDoom: Cool thanks
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Posted by gravitypress

@DoomDoomDoom:Nice videos.

Posted by joshmightbe

I do find it a bit amusing that people writing comments with their computers saying buy only what you need considering you only need Food, Air, Water, Shelter and clothing if we're being totally honest and ignoring modern humanity's insane sense of entitlement those are the only necessities every thing else is a luxury so you really can't say consumerism is all bad while still benefiting from it

Edited by Edamame

@joshmightbe said:

considering you only need Food, Air, Water, Shelter and clothing if we're being totally honest

Exactly, but all of these things (with the exception of air) cost money. So, money is also an obvious necessity. If you are lucky enough to be able to walk to work, then you won't have to worry about transportation costs, but that CAN also be a necessity. Also, there are plenty of other small costs that are needed.

Furthermore, I would argue that Dental insurance and Health insurance are both very important necessities. You will not live very long with poor health or degenerate teeth.

Edited by DoomDoomDoom

@gravitypress said:

@DoomDoomDoom:Nice videos.

All credit goes to RazzaTazz

Posted by joshmightbe

@Edamame: find yourself a pointed stick and a cave and you don't need money

Posted by Edamame

@joshmightbe said:

@Edamame: find yourself a pointed stick and a cave and you don't need money

LOL I would love to live like that, but it is incredibly dangerous and risky. Then again, what isn't dangerous and risky in life?

I wouldn't survive a hunter-gatherer or cave lifestyle. So, I guess the Survival of the Fittest philosophy best applies to this scenario. lol You would probably be better at surviving than I would.

What I don't like is that the overall cost of living(regarding the necessities of life) has risen, but wages have remained stagnant. That has to change, in my opinion.

Posted by joshmightbe

@Edamame: I'm not saying we all should go live in a cave, just that people should understand that consumerism is like anything else it can be a good thing so long as it isn't taken to extremes because I've said many times in the past extremism is almost always a bad thing

Posted by Edamame

@joshmightbe said:

@Edamame: I'm not saying we all should go live in a cave, just that people should understand that consumerism is like anything else it can be a good thing so long as it isn't taken to extremes because I've said many times in the past extremism is almost always a bad thing

No worries. lol I perfectly understood what you meant. :)