On Environmentalism Becoming Consumerism

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

For years, I have called myself an “environmentalist” in that I care about the state of the environment and its affect on the human species. Most of the time I never really think about it, it’s just the word I use to describe myself when discussing my interests. But lately, this word is thrown around without much concern over how it is used, and some version of it is showing up in the advertising and marketing of goods and services that are actually anything but “environmental.”.

Frugal wardrobe.

Finally Frugal

minimalism consumerismAs I continue to cast a critical eye over my belongings (how did I get so much STUFF?), I keep coming across these projects that are designed to remind us how little we actually need! First, I read about the Six Items or Less project, in which participants pledge to choose SIX items of clothing (not including undergarments, outerwear and accessories, of course) from their closets and wear only those items for an entire month.


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The Deadly Sins of Personal Finance

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

If you let yourself turn to consumerism excessively, you’ll likely become indebted. Consumerism. Of course consumerism is a deadly sin of finance. Consumerism stems from many places but can start from when we are young children if we are exposed to television and radio ads. We’ll be much better off financially if we turn our backs on consumerism.

Meet a Reader | Kaitlin, Minnesota medical mama

The Frugal Girl

Hardest part: consumerism is all around us and I feel like I have to say no to my kids a lot. When Kaitlin sent in her responses and I saw that she included pictures of herself, I was all, “Woohoo!”

19 Articles to Help You Prepare for Back to School

Family Balance Sheet

Sales Tax Holiday 2011 at Consumerism Commentary - A list of dates, states participating, the items that will be relieved of a sales tax and the maximum cost. The Best Back to School Shopping Tips at Consumerism Commentary. I was going to write an elaborate post about planning for back to school, but I have read so many this past week that I decided to just round them all up for your convenience. Transitions Back to school has a different meaning for me this year than in the past.

Eco-Friendly Properties – The Next Big Thing of 2019

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Evidence suggests that consumers are now more aware of ethical and environmental issues surrounding the goods and services they use, with research from the Ethical Consumerism Report revealing that 50 per cent of consumers had avoided a product due to a company’s bad reputation. There’s no doubt that the world has become more conscious of environmental issues over recent years.

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Reasons to Avoid Debt in 2014

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

I’m sure you’ve heard: household debt is on the rise and consumerism is everywhere. Our society is so set on consumerism and having the latest and greatest of everything that many people are willing to go into debt to ensure they can have it all. Between credit card offers in the mail promising great rewards and the ability to borrow money for next to nothing, debt can be enticing. My experiences with debt have been 100% negative. When I was 18, I got my first credit card.

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Having a Hard Time Getting By? 3 Budget Leaks You May Be Experiencing.

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

We used to be able to just go shopping when new needed something; every time you go and buy something you won’t use, you’re buying into our consumerism culture. Do you make enough money to cover your mortgage or rent, groceries, transportation, and other essential expenses, but find yourself on a treadmill of not being able to save? Many people are, and you’re not alone.

Why Cheaper Isn’t Always Better

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Buying something cheap just because it’s a good deal falls into the category of “mindless consumerism” and it can lead to long-term money problems down the road. I’ve never been much of a frugalista. I do try to get good value for my money, and I do try to get the best possible price for what I want, but I don’t always subscribe to the idea that cheaper is better.

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Friday Links – Week Three of Chaos

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Check out Jennifer’s post at Broke-Ass Mommy about her techniques for curbing that pesky consumerism itch. Hi everyone. This week has been as hectic as the last two. I am still alive though so this is a good sign. I feel like I got over my weak spells so that is good and my energy is a bit better. Things aren’t slowing down at all but with feeling at full strength I should be able to make it through the week. I do have a ton to catch up on this weekend though.

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5 Pieces of Advice to Tell Your Child About Money- Part 1

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

This week, Flexo at Consumerism Commentary shares his thoughts on this matter. 5 Pieces of Advice to Tell Your Child About Money is a series that will run every Tuesday for the next few weeks where some of the top personal finance bloggers share their thoughts on this topic. At the end of the series I will post my own 5 pieces of advice. The entire series can be found under Money Tips. One of the things that I am really passionate about is setting a good example for the next generation.

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Ways to Have a Green Christmas

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Take It Easy On the Consumerism. The holidays are, hands down, one of the most environmentally unfriendly holidays of the year. Pair that with Thanksgiving right before it and it makes me squirm just thinking about it. Christmas comes fraught with environmental issues.

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5 Christian Parenting eBooks for Just $7.40

Family Balance Sheet

Today’s typical lifestyle is marked by busyness, consumerism, and stress. This week’s bundle includes encouragement for the weary mom, practical parenting tips and devotions to help you focus your heart even from the trenches of parenthood. Get all five of these ebooks at a discount of more than 70% off: Parenting from the Overflow by Teri Lynne Underwood.

How Denim Can Be Bad For The Environment

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Companies Running Buy One, Donate One Programs For Those in… On Environmentalism Becoming Consumerism. Did you know that the manufacturing of the denim jean, a wardrobe staple of most human beings on earth, can actually be quite destructive to the environment? Most of us don’t give too much thought to where our clothes come from, often only concerned with price and style.

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Repair, Don’t Replace

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You can take an active role in changing our throw away society to one that produces less waste, and reduces consumerism. What do you do when a pair of socks gets a hole in the heel? How about when a lamp stops working? What happens when your favorite pair of leather boots starts to lose it’s soul? Many of us throw the broken or outdated item out. Few try to repair or get it repaired. I’m guilty as well. I used to darn my family’s socks, but now don’t.

Sustainable Gift Giving this Holiday Season

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Now that the holiday season is underway, it’s probably a little difficult to scale back the consumerism. However, it is possible to have a greener Christmas, as well as find gifts that are a little more eco-friendly. As you create your gift list, really think about who’s on it, and what would be meaningful to them. Remember that a thoughtful gift doesn’t have to be expensive.

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8 Ways to Inspire Children to Help Others

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Children are constantly being bombarded by advertising for the newest and latest ‘thing’ and are being swept along by the aggressive consumerism of our times. We seem to be living in the midst of a ‘ME’ generation where all thoughts are for what is in it for oneself. Children are naturally competitive and this lends itself even more to the idea that they are the only important person around.

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Finally Frugal

The vast majority of these "money moves" involve some form of consumerism, whether it's purchasing the 'best' video camera, obtaining the 'best' rewards credit card, or buying a $350 thermostat to 'save' money on heating and cooling. I am naturally drawn to those '10 best.' or '20 best.' of whatever, whether it be '10 best places to retire' or '5 best cities to find a job', or what-have-you. I'm not sure why I love them so much but they catch my eye and my mouse click at the same time.

How to Embrace a Sustainable Living Lifestyle

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Prominent scientists have written about the dangers of continuing the rate of development and growth of consumerism-driven societies, but their warnings have largely fallen on deaf ears. When you practise sustainability, you adopt a lifestyle that is termed sustainable living. This means that you incorporate strategies into your lifestyle that support the ideals of sustainability.

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How to Establish an Eco-Friendly Lifestyle at Home

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Reuse and recycle – consumerism has taught us to throw away anything that is broken or that we no longer want or need. Sustainability is the process of adopting a sustainable lifestyle that ensures the conservation and security of the Earth’s natural resources. Scientists are warning that humans are depleting these resources at an alarmingly fast rate, one that outstrips the planet’s ability to renew them.

5 Pieces of Advice to Tell Your Child About Money- Part 2

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Last week Flexo at Consumerism Commentary shared his thoughts on this matter. 5 Pieces of Advice to Tell Your Child About Money is a series that will run every Tuesday for the next few weeks where some of the top personal finance bloggers share their thoughts on this topic. At the end of the series I will post my own 5 pieces of advice. The entire series can be found under Money Tips.

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Live Green and Get More Green in Your Wallet

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Avoid Consumerism. Guest Post Author Bio: The following is a guest post by Lisa at Car Insurance Comparison, an Australian blog created to help its readers compare car insurance in and around their areas. As the readers of Prairie EcoThrifter know: money, or lack thereof, is driving many people to become more frugal. However, it’s not just lack of money that makes people want to cut back, re-purpose, or live within their means… it’s also a case of wanting to be ecologically responsible.

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Delayed Gratification: A Strategy to Curb Over-Spending and Secure A Sound Financial Future

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

The consumerism of the current financial climate drives us to acquire more and more ‘stuff’, whether we really need it or not. We are all guilty of making decisions that aren’t in our best interest; it’s just human nature, I guess. So it figures that we also make decisions around money that impact negatively on our financial security.

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P.E.P. for Week of January 10-14/11-Seeking Balance Edition

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Flexo from Consumerism Commentary asks us if we should combine money with our spouses ? Well, I don’t know about you but this week has felt very long and tiring. Both my husband and I have been feeling quite tired this week. Maybe our bodies are trying to fight off the bugs that are going around. We have been lucky so far…haven’t been sick once this year, including all 2010. In lieu of our lack of energy, I am seeking to find balance this week.

P.E.P. for the Week of February 14-18/11-Planning Edition

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Consumerism Commentary asks us if we are better off than our parents ? This week we are busy bees planning. We are co-hosting a bday party for a dear friend of mine this Saturday and we are in charge of all the food. Therefore the last couple days have been spent planning the menu and the groceries. Tomorrow we will start the cooking. We are also working on planning our trip to Asia.

P.E.P. for the Week of February 7-11/11- Valentine’s Kiss Edition

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Consumerism Commentary talks about financial motivation for getting in shape. With Valentine’s Day making it’s appearance next week, I thought it would be fun to talk about the kissing part of the holiday. You see, it doesn’t matter how you decide to celebrate it, whether you stay at home or go out, but one thing is for sure…kissing. Today I have a list of 10 different kisses you can try with your partner.