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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, BBC, and NPR.

Podcast 202 | Buy Once

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan talk about buying new and used material possessions with intention, purchasing products that last a lifetime, and being responsible with time and money when shopping for necessities with author and business owner Tara Button, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I find satisfaction with what I already own rather than seeking out ‘perfect’ replacements?
  • How do I control my urge to shop?
  • How do I know that what I really want is what I really need?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at

  • “Sometimes everything you ever wanted isn’t actually what you want.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “It’s okay to have something you want as long as you can afford the true cost.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “You don’t have the time to own more.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “No item can make you more or less of a person.” —Tara Button

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