Debt Free 101 – #5 Stuff Breeds Stuff


#5 Stuff Breeds Stuff                                                              
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires” Ephesians 4:22 NIV


     When Princess Eldest was three (3) she was the flower girl in a wedding where I was the best man. As we pulled up and parked at the reception hall, me in my tux, she looking every bit the part of a fairy tale princess, she spoke words that I will never forget.   3 year old Princess Eldest said, “Mom, Dad . . . whatcha gonna do with all that junk, all that junk inside your trunk?” Please be reminded that this is a blog about getting out of debt, not parenting.

     Perhaps this suggestion is more symbolically effective than financially effective, but get rid of your junk (whether it be in your trunk or not). Maybe your junk didn’t directly get you into a debt-ridden mess (maybe it did), but you’ll certainly trip over it on your way out.

     Let me explain it another way.  I used to sell watches. Not out of my coat, but in a real store; a major retail chain. The fella who stocked and faced the Seiko watches every month for the four or so years that I sold timepieces had me convinced that Seiko was a better brand because Seiko had fewer moving parts than its competitors. Makes sense. The less stuff there is, the less stuff that can go wrong. Granted, it turned out that guy didn’t actually work for Seiko – but that’s another story for another time. His logic was impeccable. No clue if he was right about the watches, but the concept stuck with me.
     Extra stuff has additional carry costs associated with it that you won’t realize until you unload that dogs playing poker with Elvis painting or that autographed Fergilicious poster.  Simplification will bleed over into other areas of your life in a positive way. Be content with what you have. Get that junk out your trunk.

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