Upgrading and not splurging.

Ever since I’ve had an iPhone I’ve always bought the 16GB size, mainly because who really needed more space than that and why would I pay another $300 for some more GBs. It’s worked for me over the last 8 years just fine.

I’ve managed well with 16GB but recently it’s gotten to the point where I can’t handle the "you do not have enough storage on this device” notification that would pop up every time I wanted to take more than 20 photos at a time or update my apps. We were also due to go on holiday soon and I wanted to take too many photos (obviously).

The iPhone X has just been released and it is noooooiiiice and the iPhone 8 isn't even two years old yet, so I went back and forth and then gave up, then went back and forth again and gave up. Then I started thinking about what I actually needed my phone for. I needed to text and call (I’m getting better at calling), I needed sooooo much more storage for photos, videos, podcasts and Spotify.

So, taking into account what’s important to me (which is affordability and practicality), that it does what it needs to do and doesn’t break the bank to get it. I decided to get the iPhone 7, 128GB.  It’s not the latest model, it’s not brand new, but guess what?! It’s a smart phone that works annnnnnnd it has a lot more storage than 16GB. I found a deal where I traded in my current 6S and 5 (which is faulty) and paid a third of what I was intending to, which had the benefit of me not having to try to sell my old one! Boom! #alittlelazy

I’ve always justified myself out of things when I have to spend a chunk of money, like I hate it. It’s actually been something that I’ve been working on - to spend a little more on life! But with bigger purchases I really do think a lot deeper about what it is I’m buying and what the purpose of it will be in my life.

Little phone storage was beginning to make little things very frustrating, I had to keep deleting photos and then deleting the deleted items, delete podcasts that I had listened to, pick and choose which apps to update - it was becoming a nuisance and it’s not the feeling I wanted to have every day and I had had enough!

Extreme minimalists might say that having a smart phone is unnecessary and do you actually even need one at all? You could go with a good old Nokia 3310, which is true, but I am not an extreme minimalist.

I am a conscious minimalist and intentional consumer. I buy things that serve a purpose in my life, that makes my life easier and that doesn’t put me into debt.

I had the money to buy a brand new X, but is it worth forking out almost $2,000 on a phone that’s made of glass that I will likely drop and smash? No, not to me. Is the difference between an iPhone 7 and 8 so significant that I had to pay over $1,300 for a new 8? No. Not right now. None of the features or justifications made it worth the cost of purchasing a newer and more expensive model when another model (less than 2 years old) will do the job just fine.

Consumerism pressures us to have the newest thing, the flashiest item, the best of the best to make us feel and look good (mostly to society). Society pressures us to give into our ego and what people might think about us. Ego isn’t phased about what we think or feel deep down - but that’s what we need to be listening to.

I could have a nice new 8 or X, but it’s just not worth it to me right now. I have a few big as heck goals to achieve this year and my money is better served supporting them, rather than supporting Apple. To be fair I could have down graded to a 6 with bigger storage, but it would cost the same with the deal I found, so I went with a 7.  

The principles of minimalism apply to all aspects of our lives (but we need to decide what minimalism means to us first). It will mean different things to different people and to the extent that we apply it to our lives, so do what's right for you. As with anything, we only need to be strong enough to make choices that serve us, instead of serving society.

The next time you want to make a purchase (or need to), whether it's a tech upgrade, new clothes, new home items, try to ask yourself the following questions:

+  Why am I buying/upgrading this?

+  Is it something I've genuinely wanted for a long time?

+  Is it to replace something that’s broken?

+  Is it to upgrade something because my current one is outdated?

+  Is it an item that I have to buy right now?

+  Do I have the funds available now to buy it? Or am I putting it on credit?

+  How will my life be impacted if I don’t buy it?

I've thought about upgrading my phone for about six months now and it's taken that long to finally decide to do it. I don't always take really long periods of time to decide on buying something (although it took me about a month to decide on a new bikini LOL) but at least I know that when I hand over the money for it, it's for something I really want and that will serve my life in the right way.

Asking and answering these questions has become easier over the last few years because I know my values and what's really important to me. Figure out what your values are and you'll have no trouble sticking to your decisions!

If you'd like to find out how I defined my values, feel free to get in contact!

- TashTastic -