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Are you out running holiday errands? Remember that today is Small Business Saturday. Think twice before hitting big box stores and consider whether you can meet your needs at a local business instead! Odds are good you’ll find shorter lines and better service — and support your community’s economy. Recent studies have found that local businesses return a much greater percentage of their revenues to the community. For instance, in a 2009 study:
Black Friday, or Buy Nothing Day?
Make my own deodorant? The post sounded like the mysterious substance — made wholly from safe-for-the-kitchen, even edible, ingredients — was easy to create and might even work. To the kitchen!
Good news for those, like me, who have been alarmed by news about new lead-testing requirements from the Consumer Product Safety Commission: As of yesterday, federal regulators have decided thrift-store and consignment operators won’t have to test used children’s clothes for lead.
The holidays are just a few weeks away, and soon it will be time to wrap those gifts.
So start eating cereal!
It’s nearly the end of April and I’m still hanging in there with my attempt at Buy Nothing month. I missed the Sunday confession because I was out of town, but last week I bought … uh … plane tickets. But this is the previously planned graduation-celebration trip.
Here’s another great reason to avoid shopping: New research shows that too many consumer choices can have deleterious effects on your health. … The more purchasing choices the participants had made during the day at the mall, the less likely the participants were able to solve simple arithmetic problems. I know I for one have had that total brain fuzz after an exhausting day of errands. The kind where I can’t seem to finish a …
It’s April 16, so I’m more than halfway through my Buy Nothing Challenge with Crunchy Chicken. Last week
As I continue with the Buy Nothing Challenge, I’m enjoying the challenge to my mindset. On the one hand, I’ve several times this week had the urge to go out for coffee. I’ve instead made coffee and chai at home. I am looking at my desire to go buy stuff for entertainment – as a break from my sometimes tedious life of taking my child to school and returning home, alone, to work.