Welcome to our month long buy less plan! Read here to get caught up on what’s going on.
Product: This next suggestion is the easiest to decide we don’t want to bring into our homes. It’s easiest because we don’t want it in our homes in the first place. In fact, as soon as we bring it home we turn around and send it right back out.
Just last week we were in the grocery store and Mr. WW was looking at the bacon. “I just don’t know which one to get. This one’s cheaper but it also has so much more packaging.”
Why do some companies insist on wrapping their product in extra packaging? Sure, most aren’t too bad but every piece of packaging does count for something. They have to buy that packaging and use resources to make it and it’s only good for looking good while sitting on a shelf.
This is how we can change. Buy cheaper off brands that often use less packaging. Don’t buy individually sized products. In fact, buy bigger packages of everything. Shop the bulk section of the store and don’t be afraid to bring your own containers.
At home you can help too. Don’t blow through the Ziploc bags. Use reusable containers.
Every time you bypass the extra piece of plastic, not only are you saving money but all the time, effort and money that goes into making plastic and saving room in our landfills as well.
And really, we don’t want it. Let’s not get it to just throw away.
Reason to buy less: What if your brother needs somewhere to live? He may be okay living amongst boxes of who knows what in the basement but why make him compete with your who knows what? Isn’t he more important than that?
Suggestion: Yesterday I suggested becoming a sponsor to someone with real needs. Today I suggest that you get a sponsor for yourself. Find yourself someone you can call and ask, “Should I buy this?”
This does need to be someone who is ready to tell you “no.” Shopping can be a problem for a lot of people. Find someone without that problem that can see the situation clearly and tell you if a purchase will really help your situation.
We all need a little help sometimes.
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