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Buy Nothing on Impulse And Save Everything

You’re browsing, either in a store or on your phone.

Then you see it. “It” could be anything; a game, an appliance, something for that party on the weekend, or a decoration for around the house.

You hadn’t thought about it before, but now it seems perfect for you. You don’t just want it, you need it.

You make your way to the checkout, whip out your card, and before you know it, the item is yours.

the shine wears off

So far, everything’s great! You unpack the item, and it’s just what you wanted. It does the trick at the party, you take it out hiking on the weekend, or it’s the perfect knick-knack around the house.

And yet… you start to lose interest. The first specks of dust start to settle. It ends up in a corner, then the closet… then into the landfill.

Been in this situation? I know I have, many times. It’s amazing how quickly the allure of that shiny new possession fades. Then it just becomes more clutter and more waste.

the waste piles up

The purchase might not seem like much at the time, but that impulse spending winds up reaching $5400 on average every year. 

Yes, every year. Per person. 

Then there’s the clutter. Once the thrill of the purchase is over, and the fun from using it dulls, where does the item go? 

Chances are it will end up sitting around the house for a while, taking up space, before ending up in the landfill; the very same place its packaging ended up.

Even if you return items to the store, chances are they won’t be resold; they’ll end up in landfill almost immediately, too.

Sharing or renting your possessions can help cut the size of landfill.

experiences over possessions

Why do we keep buying on impulse? Well, it can be fun in the moment. But there are other ways to get that thrill without the baggage.

People of all ages are opting for experiences over things, seizing the moment instead of the nearest item on a shelf. There’s also the growth of “buy nothing” groups, demonstrating people are willing to share what they have with their community instead of buying more possessions that will contribute to waste.

That’s where the sharing economy can help. Let’s go back to that scenario at the top of the story, and see how it could work differently.

let’s try again 

You’re browsing, either in a store or on your phone.

Then you see it. “It” could be anything; a game, an appliance, something for that party on the weekend, a decoration for around the house.

You hadn’t thought about it before, but now it seems perfect for you. You don’t just want it, you need it.

But then you see if the item is available on Ruckify. Sure enough, someone in your community has it, ready to rent! Not to mention, the cost of the rental is far less than the price to purchase it.

Off you go, making memories on a sunset bike ride, or bringing out the karaoke machine for your weekend house party.

Maybe you’ll only use the item for a little while, but those experiences will be remembered for the rest of your life, all without taking up space in your house.

More importantly, there will be no need for a trip to the landfill.

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