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Buying More Equals Discontentment | Frugal & Simple

Buying More Equals Discontentment

This past Monday, our family took a mini trip to Atlanta. The purpose was to purchase a crib for Weston and go to IKEA!

Our first stop was to pick up Weston’s crib. We decided a few weeks ago that since Paxton is content in his crib {and not even attempting to climb out at 16 months}, we’re not going to mess with that. Once Paxton is ready, we’ll convert his crib to a toddler bed and use it for a few years until we’re ready to purchase bunk beds for the boys!

Since all the nursery furniture is white, we knew we wanted a white crib and we both like the simple design of IKEA’s cribs. We found a white Gulliver crib and mattress for $50 via Craigslist. The crib and mattress are in great condition and we’re thrilled we were able to buy used!

Once we picked up the crib, we headed to IKEA. It was right around lunch time so we went ahead and indulged in our favorite IKEA meal, Swedish meatballs. Yum! We all enjoyed our meal and then started browsing the showroom.

I went armed with a list, we needed crib sheets and a mattress protector. We were hoping to find lamp shades, a soap dish, throw pillows and a hand towel. And hopefully some inspiration for our home office/guest room/ play room organization! 

We sat on a few sleeper sofas in the showroom since we’re talking about replacing our guest bed with a sleeper sofa, we looked a bed frames because our mattress/boxspring is currently on the floor and we’re not sure what look we want in our new bed and we sat in chairs. We were both quite captivated by the $69 POÄNG chair and decided that we needed one. {We did talk about where we were putting it before we decided on purchasing it! It’s for our room so I’ll have a comfortable spot to nurse Weston during those first few months of mid-night feedings.}

We went through the rest of the store and stuck to our list with no other ‘impulse’ purchases! {Having a list and sticking to it is important to prevent buying things you don’t need and you also save money!}

On the drive home, instead of being content with the new chair we purchased and the items we found that were on our list, we talked about bedroom furniture. At this point, I’m not sure what I want but I do know I’m ready for our mattress/boxspring to be off of the floor and I really want to replace our nightstands.

When we arrived home, John David put together our chair, which fits perfectly in the spot that we intended to put it but the style is a bit more modern than the rest of our furniture which makes it look out of place and makes our other furniture look dated. Instead of just enjoying the chair and remembering that we do intend to replace our furniture, I was focused on the fact that our room was not complete and I wasn’t satisfied with my furniture.

After we had put away our new purchases, John David and I were both sitting in the living room, neither one of us in the best mood, which he mentioned. And I told him that ‘buying more equals discontentment.’ We spent all day looking at things that would be nice to have and purchasing things that we wanted and we both wanted more and better things and were discontent with what we had.

All in all, it was a great day as a family, but those feelings of discontentment are feelings I don’t like and they always seem to pop up after we’ve  gone shopping! That’s why we’ll keep our shopping trips limited and keep clearing our home of the excess so we realize that we don’t need much at all!