Why we need to spend less on quantity and more on quality – Buy less to buy the best

3_March_2013_buyless

Everyone is a buyer. We consume many things as a buyer on a daily basis. But, WHY DO WE BUY? This question led me to surf the internet for about an hour and this is what I got: “to purchase something” Now that “SOMETHING” is something which I wondered upon. What does it mean “to purchase SOMETHING?” Is it like buying anything from a size of a planet to the size of a Nano- particle? Well, I am not sure! But I am pretty much sure that this “SOMETHING” comprise of two buying elements i.e. need and desire. We buy things either from our need or desire. And, unfortunately, most of the time we buy out of our desire.

So, what’s the basic difference between need and desire? As Wikipedia (and many other online reference website) says: A need is something that is necessary for organisms to live a healthy life and Desire is a sense of longing for an object, a person or hoping for an outcome. So which is more important? To buy something or to buy what is needed.Since the evolution of human race, buying and selling were the important elements of livelihood. But, in the early ages they bought and sold things which were most crucial to their evolution for example wood for fire or to build houses, sheep for wool or animals for food. Now when the evolution phase has come to an end and developing phase has started, we have forgotten what is more important to us. We have forgotten what our need is. Now-a-days, almost everyone first buy to fulfill their desire and then to fulfill their need. Just because we wish for a bike, we buy it with our first salary rather than saving it for long run or in case of emergency. Buying is more like an addiction which starts and grows from the day 1 when we start buying the things we desire. If not controlled, it results in Continues-buying. As for example, in India, we follow this stupid tradition to buy new clothes every Durga puja or Diwali or at any other festival, regardless our needs. Another example is that we buy smartphones rejecting phones with simple call and text feature just because it is a style statement now-a-days. People argue on the multitasking abilities that smartphones has got, but according to a survey, most people use their smartphones to entertain themselves which is unfortunately not a need (always), it is a desire.

Since the evolution of human race, buying and selling were the important elements of livelihood. But, in the early ages they bought and sold things which were most crucial to their evolution for example wood for fire or to build houses, sheep for wool or animals for food. Now when the evolution phase has come to an end and developing phase has started, we have forgotten what is more important to us. We have forgotten what our need is. Now-a-days, almost everyone first buy to fulfill their desire and then to fulfill their need. Just because we wish for a bike, we buy it with our first salary rather than saving it for long run or in case of emergency. Buying is more like an addiction which starts and grows from the day 1 when we start buying the things we desire. If not controlled, it results in Continues-buying. As for example, in India, we follow this stupid tradition to buy new clothes every Durga puja or Diwali or at any other festival, regardless our needs. Another example is that we buy smartphones rejecting phones with simple call and text feature just because it is a style statement now-a-days. People argue on the multitasking abilities that smartphones has got, but according to a survey, most people use their smartphones to entertain themselves which is unfortunately not a need (always), it is a desire.

This Continues-buying leads us to:  a cluttered life where we have too much to de-clutter and we finally give up, a life with no peace of mind, a life where we have no choice left other than buying cheap and bad designed products/services which requires consistent maintenance, a life in which we spend all our money but doesn’t feel like an investment, a life where we don’t enjoy a single day of our life and we continue to work hard to balance this system.

So what’s the way out? It is simple, yet not common. We need to buy less. We need to buy things we ‘NEED’. We have to prioritize our needs and then buy the best in order to use it on a long term basis. Doing a monthly audit in this regard can help. We have to avoid unnecessary shopping trips. On top of all, we have to understand this elementary question of life i.e. why we all are here and what we actually “need” to walk happily throughout the journey of life. Once we ask ourselves this question, the rest is assured we will get our answers.

The results of buying less are always positive and amazing. We need and deserve that better life but either we don’t know or we don’t want to. If we buy less, our life will be more controlled and full of happiness. Buying less will buy us the best product, best services, best time, best moments and the best life. That is what BUY LESS TO BUY THE BEST means.

Buy less to buy the best!

Author: Sankalp Sinha

👨‍💻 Senior Product Designer | 🌐 Working remotely | 📐 Heavily organized | ✍ Writing about my experiments in Professional & Personal Life | 🙆‍♂️ All about me 👉sankalpsinha.com

52 thoughts on “Why we need to spend less on quantity and more on quality – Buy less to buy the best”

  1. Glad you all are doing well. Glad you got Brian to lead you through all this. My wife is doing babywise and loves it. Susrirped to see how well things go when you implement what that book has to offer.

  2. “You’ve dried up the pools/That’ve kept you alive/They were never intended/For long-term survival….He’s all that you need/There’s no way to earn/What you’ve already got/Nothing to lose/When you’re loved from the start…” But I feel like I put almost all of How Emptiness Sings on here

  3. //நாà®™்கள் இந்துவல்ல; à®®ானமுள்ள தமிà®´à®°்கள்” //பிà®°ின்சு என் ஆர் சமா அய்யா,அப்ப்பா உங்க ஒப்புதலால இந்துக்கள் நிà®®்மதியா தங்களை இந்துக்கள் என்à®±ு சொல்லிக்கொள்வதில் பெà®°ுà®®ைப் படலாà®®்.அது சரி à®®ானாà®®ுள்ள தமிழன்?இது என்ன à®°ீல்?உங்க கிட்ட à®®ானமாவது,வெà®™்காயமாவது?போà®™்கய்யா போய் வேலையைப் பாà®°ுà®™்க.பாலா

  4. Bonjour Capucine , Bonjour les filles. Pour ma part, je mets souvent des foulards, head-band et autres fanfreluches dans mes cheveux . Ce qu’il faut c’est , par exemple, un dimanche après midi essayer quelques techniques différentes et la position du foulard, un nÅ“ud à droite plutôt qu’à gauche. Surtout s’amuser sans se prendre la tête .Un foulard habille et est très joli .Il faut savoir se faire plaisir.Bisous bisous les beauty addict

  5. CStanley And quickly…In the healthcare problem specifically, I've also brought up one way that the government has also intervenes in a way that keeps costs higher- by controlling supply of physicians and medical equipment. The government in that case enables a cartel- and instead of then using the problems that result from that to justify giving control to the government, we ought to think about removing the destructive government intervention that is already there (or at least modifying it, by encouraging more medical graduates, and a shift to provision of basic wellness care to physicians' assistants and nurses who can be trained more readily and inexpensively.

  6. Graf has done so much for us. And as for the people who are affected by the attacks: Suck it up and open your eyes. These heroes are willing to stand up against a major corporation so a hardworking individual can live a normal life in the expense of a little luxury. People need to see that this man is actually standing up for what he believes in and will not sell himself out. Such actions deserve to be rewarded by those of the PS3 scene and regarded by the rest. Good luck.

  7. and not the distortions and horrible bias that the media puts out. This will help people like avsnell who has commented here to see what the Pope truly says and realize he is a sweet and loving person to all people Catholic or not. I hope everyone will take the time to listen to his words before they rush to judge him.

  8. Lindaloo, spices work really well on my skin too. I think of myself as an oriental girl (I enjoy everything but those I love most easily).And SL is a line that teaches me a lot. One of the reasons I love the line so much.

  9. A lot of people seems to have opinion debates in here. Watch this show- Set up (preferably season 2) on Netflix or what ever other way then you might see how stupid some of your arguments are. Real driving is not an opinion is something that can be proven and can be achieved in a game if the right resource are used (REAL DRIVERS)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *

70,717 Spam Comments Blocked so far by Spam Free Wordpress

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.