There are numerous ways of shopping conveniently and supporting local farmers and businesses that are as affordable as shopping at megamonsters like Walmart as found here:
Here are a few ideas to get you started and that don’t demand a drastically changed lifestyle (well, except maybe for number 5).
- Community-supported agriculture means you can buy a share in a farm to have fresh vegetables every week during the growing season.
- Cooperative extensions and other community groups teach how to can, freeze and dry food for the months when things aren’t growing.
- You can grow herbs and salad leaves, including the increasingly popular microgreens, indoors on a windowsill and add vitamins to your family’s diet.
- If your family eats meat, it is much more economical to arrange with a farmer to buy one-quarter or one-half a pig or bull or lamb, or so many chickens or ducks or turkeys, or split an order with a neighbor.
- Switch to a vegetarian diet, and you will really save money (and almost certainly feel better).
- Buy dry goods such as beans, rice, cereal, grains, flour, sugar, nuts and dried fruits in bulk.
- Use cloth napkins instead of paper and reusable blotters instead of paper towels
- Switch to a menstrual cup and cloth pads instead of tampons and disposable pads.
- Challenge yourself to buy only goods made in the United States, and check the labels on everything.
- Go to or start a swap meet, where people bring clothing or items they no longer want and pick up your discards.
- 11. Do a seedswapor plant swap or plant-pots swap to get your flower and vegetable garden started, or boost your indoor garden. Start an indoor garden per number 3.
- 12. Try to wean yourself off plastic of every kind.
- 13. When things break that shouldn’t, mail them back to the manufacturer COD (collect on delivery, so they pay), with a letter saying you are not satisfied with their shoddy products.
There are plenty of websites and blogs devoted to stopping consumerism and becoming more self-reliant.