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Wants vs. Needs in an Amazon World

The year is 1990. You’re still in school, be it elementary, middle or high school. Maybe you’re in your freshman year at college. There is a new pair of shoes you see your best friend wearing that you’re dying to have. You are influenced by her choice in brand, comfort, looks and color. You decide to set out to your local mall on a Saturday morning to scope the shoes out for yourself. Maybe you’re ready to make the purchase or perhaps you are just window shopping to see if it’s something you really need to have.

So far you have:

  1. Seen the shoes
  2. Talked with your friend on where she purchased the shoes
  3. Thought about buying the shoes for yourself
  4. Planned a trip to the mall
  5. Drove yourself or begged your mom or older sibling to take you to the mall
  6. Walked through the mall to find the store
  7. Viewed the shoes for yourself
  8. Asked an employee for your size
  9. Tried the shoes on
  10. Made a decision if you will purchase them, pass on them or wait to purchase them on another day

Ten full steps in the year 1990 to purchase a new pair of shoes.

Fast forward to 2020. You scroll through Instagram and find a pair of sunglasses you love on an Influencer. You click the brand she’s tagged. You click on the glasses you like. You put it in your cart. You click purchase from your already saved Credit Card or PayPal account. The sunglasses appear on your doorstep in 3-5 days.

A few finger taps from your phone that take about a full minute in the year 2020 to purchase ANYTHING from the comfort of your living room.

The convenience of online shopping is two-fold, in my opinion. While it’s super helpful for a busy mom of 4 who doesn’t have time or energy to shop deals, it can also be a slippery slope for children and teenagers who can click a button and make a purchase on something they want as opposed to something they need.

On this week’s episode of the She’s Becoming Domestic Podcast, Brad and Shanisty break down the discrepancies of wants vs. needs in an Amazon world and how we can teach our children the value of a dollar.

We hope you enjoy this week’s show.

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If you have ideas on how you teach your kids wants vs. needs and the value of a dollar, please email us at hello@shesbecomingdomestic.com or send us a DM via Instagram

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