I just finished reading I'm Not Buying It, My year without shopping by Judith Levine. It's a very well written book and I was completely moved by her and her husbands' desires and determination. We live very simply. I'm no longer a big shopper. Whenever I'm about to buy something I always ask myself "would I rather have (blank) or do I want to buy a house?" Our goal of buying a house is always in the forefront of my mind whenever I am faced with shopping. After reading the book I've become more aware of buying wisely and buying products from companies I believe in or other indie designers like myself.
I recently found this Thrifty Wallet Buddyhttp://www.newdream.org/live/walletbuddy.pdf and had to share it with you all. You print it out and place your credit card in it so that every time you are about to buy something you stop and read the questions like: "Is this purchase something I need?" or "can I buy one used instead of new?" or "can I buy one that was made with environmentally responsible materials?"
Stop yourself and think before handing over the credit card...it just may save you from debt and help you to live more green.
I used to have stick labels on my credit cards that said "Yarn is not an emergency" and "If you're paying with this credit card, that means you can't afford it." It worked well for me 'cause if I did decide to go through with it, the cashier would read the label on my card before I could buy. The wallet-buddy is a much nicer alternative!
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