Do I Need This Anymore?

by Kay Lynn

Sometimes it is fun to sit back and look at things you don’t buy (or use) anymore.  Usually, the reason is because technology has come up with a better solution or product.  AARP recently published a list that is based on stage of life.


I found the list of things people over 50 don’t need humorous, even if entirely not true.  I won’t comment on all 25 items, but thought it would be fun to share some.

1. Bulk Purchases – Although we have cut back on our big box purchases, I can’t stand to pay more for non-perishable items just because it’s going to take the two of us longer to use it.  So, we’re still buying 36 rolls of toilet paper!

2. Large Fries.  I’ve learned not to supersize anymore.  After 10 fries, do you really need more?

3. Mini-van. We bought our mini-van when our home had two teenage boys who wanted rides for them and their friends along with surfboards.  14 years later, it’s too much but it’s paid for and still runs good.  I agree we’ll never get another one!

4. Costco. See number 1!  Ridiculous to suggest boomers don’t want to save money anymore on purchases.  Yes, we don’t need bulk FOOD but we still buy TVs, electronics and all the other non-food items.

5. Restaurant Packets. Do you have a drawer or some other area in your kitchen filled with packets of ketchup, soy sauce, salt, etc. from restaurants?  Do you ever use it?  Me neither.  Let’s clean it out and stop collecting them.

6. 14 Matching Place Settings.  Let me add china sets to the list.  I can’t remember the last time we used ours.

7. Your Very Own Chickens. We deserve to sleep in; not getting up with the rooster.

8. A Bigger Flat Screen. After watching TV on my sister’s bigger flat screen, this is wrong. I NEED a 50 inch screen.

9. Another Hobby. Bloggers don’t get another hobby.  They just start another blog and before you know it you’re the owner of 50 domains!  I need to stop…. NOW.

10. Quintuplets. Frankly, I think no one over 50 needs their own babies.  We’re past that.

What do you think you don’t need at this stage in your life?

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krantcents April 6, 2012 at 8:55 am

I seem to shy away from complications. If it is too complicated, I no longer want to spend the time to deal with it. This may be one of the reasons I am simplifying my life.

Tyler S. April 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I got this feeling the last time I picked up a LARGE blizzard from dairy queen – probably downsizing in the future!

Bret @ Hope to Prosper April 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I’m not quite 50 yet Kay Lynn, but we’re almost empty-nesters and we love our chickens. We get organic eggs every morning and there are plenty left over to give to the neighbors. We have five hens and there is no way I would get a rooster. We may downsize in the future as they pass away naturally. But, I’d like to keep at least two chickens in the yard.

We went for the 60″ Sharp TV at Costco and it is awesome. I told my brother he should get the 70″ model. If you have a big living room, you have to get a big TV. Our living room is 18 feet across and I’m very glad we didn’t go any smaller. We had a 31″ TV for ten years and I couldn’t even read the score on the ball games.

Marissa @ Thirtysixmonths April 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Your point about buying domains is so true. I own more than 20 now.

ShortRoadTo April 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm

I have a problem with clothes that don’t fit. Even though they may be 4 sizes too small or big, I always say, jeez some day I may gain or lose the weight to fit into these. Mind you, I have been the same weight for 3 years now. It is a sickness!

Melissa@PersonalFinanceJourney April 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm

So funny about the china. My mom has several sets and we used to use it for holidays, but now we never get it out because she is worried the little kids will break it and it is a lot to clean. We just use paper plates now instead. 🙂

Paul @ The Frugal Toad April 9, 2012 at 6:19 am

Definitely can do without the super-sized fast food Kay! I could also do without the weeds that seem to popup in the front yard every weekend!

Jai Catalano April 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

Get rid of the min van. Gas is through the roof.

MyMoneyDesign April 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

I can second the larger fries! I’m not sure anyone really needs these. In my 30’s, I can say you don’t need one of those haircuts that swoops over and covers your eyes (like a 14 year old boy). There are a lot of people at my work that have those. Dude – you’re not a teenager anymore.

Grace April 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I wouldn’t give up that mini-van too soon. Adult kids need help hauling and moving; you need something in which to bring home that 50 inch TV; and they are just plain handy vehicles to have around.

Darren E April 10, 2012 at 11:50 pm

I don’t need another hobby! Hobbies cost a lot of money especially specialized ones like photography – hello lens addiction! Watercoloring is also expensive as the paints are expensive. Oh well!

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