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Forum Post: How to Unite? One person at a time living sensibly

Posted 12 years ago on Jan. 21, 2012, 6:12 a.m. EST by Riley2011 (110) from New Britain, CT
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Good morning. I made a resolution on New Years Day- somewhere on the board that my change would be within myself. No more logos, buying stuff that I did not need, banking at a large corporate bank that does not care about me as a customer, three dollar coffee, over shopping for food, buying magazines and books when a library is just around the corner... Through this process, I have brown bagged it to work and have saved money. Both family and friends have asked me about how I am saving and it has allowed me to discuss Occupy Wall Street, my views of corporations and where America is headed. i have attended protests and do believe in the movement, but I do think that the movement needs central ideas. The first is change within oneself. I do not use credit cards- the last two are being paid off and I am cash bound forever. My car will be driven until the wheels and hubcaps roll down the freeway. I was amazed to see how many cars GM has sold in the last year...really...do people need a car payment? My father never owned a new car and seemed just fine. I have counseled several kids about not taking student loans, and discussing alternate financing for college. Why could not save myself, i can save others. So, this may sound ridiculous, but by stopping our own consumerism, we may not have people join Occupy, but you can make people listen through your own actions.



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[-] 2 points by OccupyLink (529) 12 years ago

Great advice. Unfortunately most people have been brainwashed into buying expensive goods - most of it from the LVMH company. If people stopped buying LVMH products that would be a start. We can all live without champagne, whisky and silly handbags.

[-] 1 points by Riley2011 (110) from New Britain, CT 12 years ago

Great post-I smiled after reading it. The handbag statement rings true with me...two years ago, I actually bought a 150.00 purse with a leather duck on it...I don't know about you Occupy, but when one stops consumerism...it is amazing how many items of clothing, sports equipment, books and other items that have never been used are found and appreciated. if people want to shop until they drop- bless them....there is a lot less stress now...and since i have cut reading the daily paper and cancelled cataloges and magazines...how refreshing it is not filling up landfills.

[-] 1 points by Riley2011 (110) from New Britain, CT 12 years ago

No everyone can live over the top...when I read economic reports that bAsically say That the economy will be saved if we spend spend spend...it gives me a moment to pause..it has been great to cut back..to save money..to pay off bills...living sensibly is a personal choice..if drowning in debt is a persons idea of heaven..paying interest rates,having car payments equal to 35 percent of personal income Hurah

[-] -1 points by Galt01 (55) 12 years ago

So you are the one who is going to define what "living sensibly" means I suppose.