Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 21, 2012, 6:12 a.m. EST by Riley2011
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.