BeyondConsumerism

Providing tools and support to families, citizens, and activists to counter our consumerist culture and to create new social norms about how to have a high quality of life and a reduced ecological footprint.

Economy Survival Guide

Give your life a financial "make-under."

Financially strapped by overspending? Nervous about over-the-top prices? Try these tips to bring your budget—and your stress level—back under the threshold of what's manageable.

If you have to make a few financial adjustments with the times, it doesn't mean you have to give up all the luxury in your life. In fact, re-evaluating what really matters can actually get you back in touch with some of the fun that tends to get lost in our daily routines. Shake things up a little by spending less but doing more—at home, with the kids, and while having fun.

Home

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Do it yourself

Natural products that are better for your skin and overall health

Conserve

  • Energy with the right light bulbs
  • Water with easy-to-use devices for faucets and shower
Money saved on utility bills and peace of mind that you're using natural resources responsibly

Buy different

  • Break the bottled water habit—switch to nearly-free tap water and save on this unnecessary expense
  • Buy in bulk to save money and packaging
  • See if your local food co-op has volunteer opportunities that will earn you a discount on food
  • Use our Wallet Buddy to evaluate purchases before you buy
  • Get it used, borrow from a friend, repair what you've got, or find it for free
Freedom from waste, excess packaging, and unnecessary purchases, plus the personal satisfaction derived from restoring or repairing items you love

Simplify

  • Get rid of all the clutter around your house—reorganize and have a yard sale
  • Recycle what you can't sell
  • Junk your junk mail and save on clutter—and trees
Cash in exchange for stuff you don't need anymore and comfort from a more spacious, orderly home environment

Kids

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Simplify school

Savings on supplies, a chance to be creative, better food for your kids, and participation in socially responsible activities

Have fun differently

Fun—and meaningful activities

Fun

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Meaningful holidays by emphasizing the people rather than the gifts

Vacation differently

  • Look for fun activities closer to home that don't require expensive gas or air fares
  • Consider a volunteer holiday—see the sights, work for justice, or go on a yoga retreat with some of your expenses paid for in return for service
Relaxation and unique experiences for less money