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Much Ado About Buy Nothing Day

The recent Take Action newsletter, Buy Nothing Day: Because Spending Won't Rescue the Economy has stirred up a lot of reader response, to which we reply, "Great!" It's wonderful to hear from all you New Dreamers out there, however closely your opinions match those expressed in our newsletter. Re...

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No Reason To Wait

As winter approaches, all of us start thinking about the holidays. How can we help it? We are struck daily by a marketing blizzard. Luckily, this time of year doesn’t stress me out too much. My parents were never much the holiday hubbub since my mom comes from a culture that doesn’t celebrate col...

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Tags: Family traditions, Gifts, Holidays
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New Dream Bumper Sticker and Simple Lifestyle Make Nightly News

Living simply is in the news in Portland, Maine--along with New Dreamer Nancy Artz. Nancy, who is a professor of consumer behavior at the Business University of Southern Maine, appeared with her husband on a local news segment to talk about their simple, green lifestyle.

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Tags: Green lifestyle, Living simply, New dreamer tips, Reduce carbon footprint
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The Key is to Reduce

One of the ideas we stress here at The Center for the New American Dream is being a responsible consumer - someone who thinks critically about the full impact of what they are purchasing. The drawing above illustrates this principle by actually ranking the three R's - reduce, reuse, and recycle. ...

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Tags: Consumption, Recycle, Reduce, Reuse
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The Universal Language of Slow Food

Like many socially conscious Americans, I’ve had my fair share of qualms with the celebration of Thanksgiving. It’s been a struggle to find meaning in an historic event that represents the birth of American imperialism and hubris, commemorated in a day that’s become largely associated with consum...

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Tags: Food activism, Slow food, Thanksgiving
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Volunteering and the Subtle Economy: Promises of Connectedness

Acquiring stuff doesn't make you as happy as it promises it will...so what to do with that urge to shop? As the holiday machine gears up for another shopping season, it's fairly easy to decode the messages all around: buy buy buy. Embedded within the advertisement for a new watch, the latest com...

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Forget commercialism! The new realities of consumption and the economy.

Further analysis of the financial crisis by Dr. Juliet Schor Spending our way to prosperity? Not this time around. As a "New Dream" economist, I am asked all the time: won't consuming less hurt the economy? When there's less spending, people get laid off, their incomes fall and businesses, espe...

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Before Eggnog: Holiday highs, lows, and the simple path in between

Holiday shopping may appeal to your instincts, but you can don't have to obey. It's begun. The local drugstore is my gauge for the passage of the retail seasons: during the "Valentine season" (which seems to get longer and more elaborate every year), motion-activated stuffed bears wave their arm...

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Tags: Advertising, Holiday budget, Mall, Psychology, Shopping
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Living in Interesting Times

The Great Depression has been mentioned a lot recently – Google searches on the subject have risen sharply in the past couple months. The Depression and its Black Tuesday – October 29, 1929, the day of the stock market crash that signaled the beginning of the economic downturn that was to last ov...

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Tags: Great depression, History, Population cohort, Recession, September 11
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Frugal Treasure Hunters Furnish Apartment

by Guest Contributor Shaun Randol, originally published in the Queens Tribune [gallery] Sarah and I have been living in New York for two years now, albeit in university housing. As such, we had no need for the goods of everyday American living—standard furnishings like bed, dresser and microwav...

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Tags: Apartments, Frugal living, Furnishings, Recycle, Reuse, Savings
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