- I will not buy any items which are not essential to the health or wellbeing of my family from any corporate entity. AKA- Toilet paper, food and or feminine products. I am not trying to be a complete gross savage hippy, just trying to lower my intake drastically and see how it sticks.
- I will buy any of the above mentioned items locally or by way of barter BEFORE attempting to get them from a corporation.
- Yard Sales and thrift stores with a direct local benefit/charitable donation are fair game.
- Bartering is fair. If goods or services are traded for goods or services that doesn't constitute market or monitary exchange.
- If any "needed" items can be made I will take them off the purchase list.
- EMERGENCIES: If I need a bandaid or something...you know, I can be clumsy.
- Does not include items I must buy for work or a client.
- I can earn money as I must still pay my bills (I know, the ultimate paradigm or...oxymoron if you will)
- I will document all days truthfully and candidly
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Challenge guidelines for "My year of NON-CONSUMERISM"
Okay, how am I going to do this thing? I would like to really do my best NOT to consume (aka buy) anything wasteful or un-needed. I am making myself two exceptions for now (do not judge, these are judgement free exceptions which could change should my willpower increase...it's gonna be hard enough dammit!). Exception #1-Pepsi (I will switch to throwbacks only as I do not agree with high fructose corn syrup and would like to give it up entirely). Exception #2- Cigarettes. For now I am still a smoker. I am working on it and would like to quit soon. I do smoke American Spirits, which have no chemical additives, but it's still smoking. I could find local herbs to make cigs, but we will be touching on that as it comes about so I am still considering it an exception. Deal with it. Now...as for the rules. My point is to "vote" with my dollars against the evil ties of corporate consumerism! So how can I do that and still live a decent life??? EASY! At least it will be once the opposite isn't familiar anymore. As the owner of a blog called "Oxymorons", I should try not to be one myself. I can't care about the environment and spend money on industry that promotes the destruction of our finite resources! So here we go...the rules.