christmas

Christmas shopping billboard
Consumerism

All I want for Christmas is an end to buying ‘stuff’

I used to love Christmas. The tree, the pressies, the endless sweets, bad TV and chocolate. Now, it kind of feels like a guilt-ridden race to buy as much ‘stuff’ as possible or risk missing out on the mythical and impossible ‘magical Christmas’. To me, ‘stuff’ is defined as anything I buy because I’m ticking […]

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Christmas tree
Consumerism

Is enough ever enough when it comes to consumerism?

The short answer is no. We’ve recently tried to limit the amount we spend after reading Your Money Or Your Life by Vicki Robin. Although we’ve not officially started her nine steps to financial freedom, we’ve certainly made a start in cutting down our spending. The ethos of the book is that by spending less […]

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Dress up dolls
Toys

Christ!(mas) – shopping is starting already

I’ve always loved Christmas. The cheesy songs, the actual cheese (though not this year again, sadly), the presents, the sense of magic. What I don’t like about Christmas is the mass consumerism and the near-desperation of brands that go all out the make you buy more stuff. This year we’ve made a decision to have […]

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