Tag Archives: consumerism

All you need is less

“I sometimes think I should just sell everything and start over.  I’m one person.  Why do I have so much stuff?  Why do I have a whole dining room set?” “My problem is that I keep stuff.  Even if I … Continue reading

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“Our Unhealthy Obsession with Choice”

Choices choices choices.  Conventional wisdom says that the more choices, the better.  Choices means freedom. There’s a dark side to choice, too.  Optional paralysis, when you have so many options it’s overwhelming, and you wind up second-guessing your choice.  What … Continue reading

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Conscientious consuming is still consuming

There are myriad ways to acquire things – gifts, hand-me-downs, impulse purchases, planned purchases, new ones, vintage ones, thrift ones, yard-sale ones, ethically-sourced ones… Many of us would likely agree that some ways are better than others.  It is best (i.e. … Continue reading

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

I unsubscribed from jcrew.com.  I opted out of emails from Victoria’s Secret.  I said no to Amazon, Zappos, Urban Outfitters, Ann Taylor Loft, Barns & Noble, Nordstrom, Target, Pottery Barn, Sundance… Out of sight, out of mind.  If it’s not … Continue reading

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Blog Obsess: Mr Money Mustache

A few weeks back, the Washington Post ran an article about a man who retired at age 30. Meet Mr. Money Mustache, whose blog about smart living and financial independence has me hooked! A lot of MMM’s experiences and suggestions … Continue reading

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“Addled, overwhelmed consumers”

Have you heard of the science of shopping? If not, I recommend Why We Buy by Paco Underhill.  It’s a fascinating read about the science of shopping, i.e. the way humans physically and culturally shop and what retailers can do to … Continue reading

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