I really like this thought/article. When I first moved back to Allentown I gave myself a year of not buying CDs. I also had most of my collection in storage, so it was partly to live the desert island experience and partly to have some deliberate control over my listening choices. That would be moot now. As is, aside from an occasional book (usually on the Kindle) and some clothes I bought for my return to the classroom, I don't really buy much "stuff." We go out to eat once or twice a week, often socially. We've pared down quite a bit since I stopped working full time and I think we're much better off for it. Even the ridiculous amount of Charley stuff has pushed Kt and I to reevaluate some of our possessions (donations resulted). I'm grateful for our material security- we don't need anymore stuff because or needs are fulfilled- but I will continue to look for ways to limit my materialism.
Happy Thanksgiving, my brothers!