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Ways to Pinch Pennies, Live Consciously, & Stop Consumerism

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).

  1. Community-supported agriculture means you can buy a share in a farm to have fresh vegetables every week during the growing season.
  2. Cooperative extensions and other community groups teach how to can, freeze and dry food for the months when things aren’t growing.
  3. You can grow herbs and salad leaves, including the increasingly popular microgreens, indoors on a windowsill and add vitamins to your family’s diet.
  4. 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.
  5. Switch to a vegetarian diet, and you will really save money (and almost certainly feel better).
  6. Buy dry goods such as beans, rice, cereal, grains, flour, sugar, nuts and dried fruits in bulk.
  7. Use cloth napkins instead of paper and reusable blotters instead of paper towels
  8. Switch to a menstrual cup and cloth pads instead of tampons and disposable pads.
  9. Challenge yourself to buy only goods made in the United States, and check the labels on everything.
  10. Go to or start a swap meet, where people bring clothing or items they no longer want and pick up your discards.
  11. 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. 12. Try to wean yourself off plastic of every kind.
  13. 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.