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A Year Without Shopping

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on December 17, 2017 at 11:20 AM


Author Ann Patchett attempts to describe what it was like to stem the tide in her shopping habits. For a full year, she passed up the want-to-haves and purchased only what she needed. She described today's spending habits as "gold leaf, an ecstatic celebration of unfeeling billionaire-dom" in which people buy for the sake of buying -- or, one might say, to flaunt one's wealth.


A statement she made caused me to think about Jack and Marie buying canned vegetables from the reject table, where the cans were either dented or past their expiration dates:  ". . . many children raised Catholic have a talent for self-denial"  (Ms. Patchett says she grew up attending a Catholic girls school).  The same can be said about people who came up through the Great Depression and the world wars.


You'll find this interesting article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/15/opinion/sunday/shopping-consumerism.html


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6 Comments

Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
9:31 AM on December 19, 2017 
Oh! The commercials and ads! I get so weary of all the ads on Facebook. I want to scream at them, "Stop trying to make me buy things!" I have to keep reminding myself that "all that glitters is not gold." Of course, it's attractive and would be nice to own, but I don't need it. Yes, it comes down to need versus want.
Reply Steve's Girl
6:25 AM on December 19, 2017 
Thank you for sharing that article, H50 I didn't know that Jack and Marie shopped from the reject table either, but that speaks in their favor.
My parents grew up during WW II and I remember my mother asking for sausage ends.

About two years ago I wanted to buy sausage to make a salad and the seller want to get another one because though what was on display would have been enough, but only including the end. She didn't know what to say when I said I would take it because it would be cut anyway.
Asking her what would have become of the sausage end if I hadn't taken it, she said, without being embarrassed, it would have been thrown away.

On another note..the cause of .today's spending habits can also be because people are addicted or they couldn't say "no" to what the commercials pour into their brains via eyes and ears.
Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
10:16 PM on December 17, 2017 
That's a good practice. I should do it.
Reply Honu59
9:05 PM on December 17, 2017 
I also wash and save aluminum foil to reuse. Why not?
Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
5:04 PM on December 17, 2017 
Aluminum foil, too. My mom would wash it, dry it, smooth it out, and slip it into a drawer to reuse. When a towel began to fray around the edges, she would hem it on the sewing machine and keep using it. When it reached the point where even that wasn't enough, she cut it up to make dust rags.
Reply Honu59
1:44 PM on December 17, 2017 
Fantastic article, H5O! Thank you for sharing it. I'm pretty much a non-shopper and it does free up a lot of time. Of course, like most Americans, I have too much stuff and stuff that I should really get rid of. I didn't know that Jack and Marie shopped from the reject table. I'm sure that this speaks to the era in which they grew up. The Great Depression produced some very frugal habits. What happened to all of them? I remember my grandmother saving tea bags to reuse later.