Today I want to talk about something my Mom teached me basically from a very young age and that is quality vs. quantity.
Being younger I never really understood this philosophy as as a kid I just wanted to have more and more and more and she was always saying no. Of course she wasn`t always saying no, but she explained to me that she would rather buy me a good pair of Jeans that I could wear for several years or give to younger family member than a ton of jeans that would break after a year. When I was younger it doesn`t made any sense.
Today it completely does. After working for my own money and seeing how fast we spend money I absolutely agree with her on this philosophy. Of course I said "Why listen to her on this, this is probably how old people see it" and I made the mistake to spend money on stuff that have less quality, especially when it came to clothes and food.
What I basically noticed is, that
a) I cannot wear all of this clothes (now this sounds strange for a woman I know, but it is just me being realistic)
b) I usually wore my jeans for 4 to 5 years before they broke or before they got the "very used" look and even then I wouldn`t throw them away but keep wearing them around the house for another 2 years, but with my new oh so cool cheap jeans and some of them weren`t even cheap they were just bad quality and bad produced they broke after a year or even earlier. So I had to spend money on them over and over again which annoyed me.
c) with food I tend to eat less when I eat "real" foods, and by that I mean food I buy from the farmers market, food I cook myself, so even when it is more expensive I spend less because I need less.
d) with sensitive skin I rather just have one high end foundation that doesn`t irritates my skin and makes it look flawless with one layer and using it a whole year, than layering a cheaper foundation layer over layer on my skin to achieve that and by that rebuy that cheap foundation every 3 months which leads me to the same price as with the high end one.
So the whole point I learned in my first 2 years being away from home was to not just spend my money on stuff I do not really need, but to look for quality. Look on the material look how it is sewed and rather spend 100 euros on a jeans than 50 and have that jeans for 3 to 4 years, than to spend 50 and be in need of buying a new one for 50 after a year and then again a new one for 50, you see how it sums up to being more expensive in the longer run. So I rather buy 3 high quality outfits per year to the ones I already have, than buying new clothes every month and in the end spend more money that I could use for other fun stuff as traveling for example.
With food it is the same. I rather spend 6 euros on my meat than 1 and know that I have real meat on my plate, that is from a happy animal, no mass production and antibiotics (and whatever else) free. Same counts for veggies and other foods. Not does it just tastes better, but I also eat less and more conscious.
I know this isn`t the right philosophy for everyone, but I hope you can also see the benefits of it.
And of course if your skin looks fine with a drugstore foundation (and I know some of them have very great skin care benefits as well) go with that one, you do not have to go all pricey. All I say is look for quality not for quantity. You will throw away a lot of the stuff without even using it and I personally do not like to waste my money on that stuff.
How do you think about quality and quantity? Would you rather have a lot of stuff then just the stuff that you need but with a good quality? Let me know in the comments below and maybe we can discuss it.