Tag Archives: consumerism

Planned Obsolescence: The Scourge of Frugality

If you’re a frugal person, the concept of planned obsolescence stinks. There’s no polite way to put it. Manufacturers create things to last a short period of time, forcing you to upgrade or buy a new one at regular intervals. … Continue reading

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I Want That: Day 30 & 31

I rarely get the consumer bug. Anyone that knows me well also know that if you want to take me shopping, chances are you’re going to have to drag me screaming and yelling the entire way. I rarely “lust” after … Continue reading

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Oprah’s Favorite Things: Consumerism Orgy

Oprah had her annual “Favorite Things” show last week. Since this is her last season on the air, it was actually a two day orgy of consumerism. I don’t generally mind Oprah most of the time, but this episode gets … Continue reading

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Does Frugality Equal Detachment?

The more I embrace frugality, the more I wonder if a frugal life equals a life detached from society. And then I ask myself: Is that a bad thing? I find myself less and less interested in “mainstream” society as … Continue reading

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A Nation of Shopaholics?

There is an image that the US has become an nation of shopaholics driven primarily by consumerism. Lee Eisenberg, the author of Shoptimism, believes that this is not truly the case. He sees that the average person still retains some … Continue reading

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What Advertisers Fear Most

Last week I wrote about trying to find contentment by getting back to a simpler life, one freer from forms of mass entertainment and consumerism. There’s an additional benefit to this than just living a simpler, less hectic life. You … Continue reading

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Don’t Call Me a Consumer

I’m growing very tired of the word “consumer.” Every time I turn on the TV, the talking heads are discussing “the consumer.” Consumers aren’t spending as much, consumers are cutting back, consumers are hurting, consumers need to increase their spending … Continue reading

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What Tricks Help You to Keep from Spending Money?

The question to get your morning rolling today is, What tricks help you from spending money? I was talking with a friend who is super frugal except when it comes to traveling. It seems that he spends virtually all his … Continue reading

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Is More a Better Deal?

The question to get your morning rolling today is, Is more a better deal? This is one of the questions that I truly struggle with on a daily basis. I will give a classic example. I was at a fast … Continue reading

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Ten Great Bits of Financial Advice

It’s been said that when you take free advice, you should remember that you get what you pay for. I agree that it’s important to evaluate any advice — free or not — before following it, but rejecting all free … Continue reading

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