It costs too much to be cheap.

How apparent it has become that it costs too much to be cheap. Our country has tanked for many reasons, but a few are because of convenience foods (that costs us our health and the planet’s too), as well as inexpensive goods (that come from cheap labor.) This habit for convenient deals has filled our homes with junk, filled the planet with junk, put us in debt, robbed us of our vitality and health, and severely decreased exports and jobs in The USA. Was it worth it? This is a very expensive lesson. We can no longer afford to be cheap! Let’s turn things around by taking responsibility for our actions.

Three ways we can make a difference:

1. Chose to eat only whole foods.
Avoid restaurants and highly processed packaged foods. These foods dehydrate you, over stimulate you, tax your system and retard your taste buds. Keep your system clear of foods that throw it off-balance and create additional waste (in you and in landfills.) Choose foods that you can eat as is, like fruits and vegetables. Choose to make all of your meals yourself or choose meals that are very simple and made fresh locally.

2. Do not buy, take or use what you do not need.
Be mindful of buying extra stuff for you or your loved ones. Forget the latest gadgets, forget the current fads and forget cheap gifts. Also, get out of the habit of taking extra napkins, additional sugar packets or unnecessary plastic utensils. Bring your own shopping bags when you leave the house. Be aware of the magazines and books you buy, as well as the documents you print. Don’t use excessive toilet paper, hand soap, paper towels and water. Cancel your junk-mail and receive all of your bills and notices via email. Minimize your consumption and waste as much as possible.

3. When you buy, don’t spend your money – invest it.
Buy goods that last a long time. Buy goods that are eco-friendly. Buy goods that increase your health. Buy goods that increase in value. Buy goods that are made in the USA. Buy goods that are stainless steel, glass or wood. Buy goods that are organic. Buy goods that are handmade and local. Buy goods that support a good cause. Buy goods that show you care. ♥

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6 responses to “It costs too much to be cheap.

  1. If I may add to your “invest it!” list – buy second-hand goods. buy goods that can be re-used or resold when you are done with them.

    Great post!

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  3. how true is this….

    I recently saw a program explaining how most of the articles produced in the industry (from light bulbs to computers) are intentionally scheduled to last less than they could. The manufacturer is legally obliged to do this and the objective is to support the consumer society (otherwise it would not be sustainable). For example, printers have a kind of internal chip that makes it stop working after a certain number of copies have been done. If you were able to change that chip, the printer would continue to work perfectly.

    the documentary is only in spanish, as far as I know, and this is termed something like “scheduled obsolescence” . here is the link, in case somebody is interested:

  4. Spot on Aimee!

    I would also add to #1 – Learn to compost both food ‘waste’ AND human ‘waste’, yes you can actually use it no need to flush it away as that IS such a ‘waste’.

    #2 – If you’ve spent any time in Asia you’ll find it easy to live without toilet paper as well.

    #3 – With the exception of computer stuff, I avoid not only plastics but anything that’s synthetic.

    For more help and to share tips about REALLY living simply & naturally and making a difference visit these links:
    Karmyn & Dizzy’s Nudists & Naturists
    Dizzy’s Gone Barefoot!
    Dizzy’s Living Naturally & Eco-friendly
    Dizzy’s Not shaving or waxing!
    Dizzy’s Minimal isn’t criminal

  5. Thanks Maite! Thanks Dizzy!
    We are getting input on this topic from Spain to South East Asia. – Fantastic!

    I love the idea of everyone giving their ideas of “how to create change” or “how to make a difference” as a comment. Thanks Everyone. It really helps. :)
    Xo!
    A.

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