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We live in a buying world.

January 21st, 2012 at 02:43 pm

Hello everyone. Sorry it has been ages since I posted. I have been crazy busy. I just wanted to share some insight in a book I have been reading and get your adivce on how to stop this.

I have been reading "Shoptism: Why the consumer will keep on buying no matter what." It is a great read, and goes into a lot of details about how the "sell side" keeps trying to trick us using psychology to get us to keep on buying things, even though we don't need them.

The main thing though is ease of everything. We no longer make things for ourselves instead we rather buy it all out of convenience. While the convenience is great, it leads to a lot of Americans no longer knowing how to do simple tasks such as knowing how to fix a rip in your shirt, or even how to cook raw hamburger. There is too much convenience in America, and its to the point of if we ever were stranding on an island, even if it was full of friendly animals, (bunnies, birds, and trout) warm weather, plenty of fresh food ect, we would still all die. Because we don't know how to do anything for ourselves.

So today, I would like if everyone could post a comment about a simple diy idea that makes you more self sufficient.

4 Responses to “We live in a buying world. ”

  1. Mary Ann Says:

    I wear my clothes and shoes for years and I have very few of them! I have wore the same pair of winter gloves for several decades already and they still look new. I don't dress like a queen but I don't dress bad either! LOL I have one favorite sweater that I am not sure how old it is, but I do know where I bought it and that store has been closed for probably 20 years!

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Very interesting! I cook most things from scratch so that is my DIY. My hubby and I think very few of our friends cook anymore even with the convenient foods out there...they would rather eat out.

  3. patientsaver Says:

    Hard to know where to start (!) but I do mow my own lawn. 1.5 acres, with a push behind mower. I don't know anyone, especially a woman, who does that. Smile

  4. Jerry Says:

    This is so true. We are living overseas right now and it has become apparent to us that the American focus on consumerism is simply rampant. Many other places do not have the economic means to lead to "shoptism," but they still live very fulfilling lives. Imagine. This offers (or can offer, at least) some insurance of a focus on friends, family, and community that seems to be failing back home...
    Jerry

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