Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Conscious Shopper Challenge: Have More Fun, Less Stuff

The next few weeks of The Conscious Shopper Challenge will focus on developing an attitude of non-consumption. Here's the next challenge in this series:


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"More fun, less stuff" is a slogan of one of my favorite organizations, New American Dream, and it concisely conveys the goal behind these non-consumption challenges to gain more happiness by having less stuff.

As I've said before, stuff can make us happy. But we can also reach a point where we're blindly consuming for the sake of consuming, filling our homes and our lives with things - not because we love them, but because we've been convinced by some advertising firm that we need them. You would think that with all of our wealth, Americans would be the happiest people in the world, but studies have shown time and time again, that we're not. We live in gigantic houses and have all the latest technology and fancy cars to drive and a world of entertainment at our fingertips, and yet we're still not happy.

Not to get all cliché here, but...Money can't buy happiness, you can't buy me love, and the best things in life are free. (Okay, okay, the clichés were totally on purpose.)

Hopefully as you shift your spending habits to a life with less consumption, you'll also find more money to spend on things you really love, more time to spend with people you love, and more fulfillment doing things you love.

Here are just a few ways you can have more fun with less stuff:

  • Make friends.
  • Get outdoors.
  • Use the library.
  • Rent and borrow instead of buy.
  • Go digital.
  • Get a membership to a museum or zoo.
  • Take a class.

What are your favorite ways to have fun with less stuff?


Shona~ LALA dex press said...

Definitely changed my world in the last year!

Most of the librarians know my name, which confused me at first. I finally asked one lady about this + she said, "when you come in as often as you do..." I've made a point to reciprocate + learn all their names as well. Honestly, I did not realize how much I frequent the library.

Daisy said...

Daughter has taken to watching the TV show Hoarders. These are people who need to rid themselves of the need for stuff.

robbie @ going green mama said...

This time of year is great for festivals too!

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

@Robbie - I love festivals! There are certain times of the year where we attend a festival every weekend. Later this month will be my family's favorite festival here in Raleigh - BugFest!


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