Jump off the consumer bandwagon totally in 2009

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Re: Jump off the consumer bandwagon totally in 2009

Post: #142712 Big Al
Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:57 pm

bodrighy wrote:
Green Aura wrote:Nah, you don't really - that's just brainwashing by the admen! :lol:


Got to be if he wants a BMW. What other reason is there for having one? Much rather have a series 2 Landrover (and an Austin healey Sprite for weekends)

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Re: Jump off the consumer bandwagon totally in 2009

Post: #143378 Flo
Thu Feb 19, 2009 1:24 pm

The realms of fantasy seem to be finding things to buy in the local charity shops here. Serious scarcity of goods. I've just realised how little I need to buy as a result.

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Re: Jump off the consumer bandwagon totally in 2009

Post: #145986 Flo
Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:07 pm

Essential cooking utensils not available second hand even if it seems I have scrounged a bread maker off freecycle.

Having lost the baking tins in the many moves over the past 15 years, it's become time to restock and cook at home all the time. Bread, cakes, puddings, scones and all sorts of other good things.

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Re: Jump off the consumer bandwagon totally in 2009

Post: #153546 Flo
Wed May 13, 2009 6:56 am

You've just shown that it takes a village to be self sufficient Davy. You need a whole group of skills that no one person will ever really own. That's why villages came about.

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Re: Jump off the consumer bandwagon totally in 2009

Post: #153553 Flo
Wed May 13, 2009 7:50 am

Davy stephenson wrote:...... take the story I told you about the Reebock training shoes,

Per pair to the company 1.58 per pair - to the customer 99.99, this is daylight robbery at any level and will last a few months at best, A pair of hand made shoes 300-400 quid and will last ten years at least.

Davy some of us are improvident in that we only provided for ourselves badly in having to live on the state pension. Even allowing for shoes that will last 10 years, I'm not sure that I could find that money or that I will now live that long or be fit enough to use them for that long.

It's a difficult balance between good and evil.

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Re: Jump off the consumer bandwagon totally in 2009

Post: #154234 flyonthewall
Tue May 19, 2009 10:26 am

Interesting what you say about the older generation Davy, I find myself ringing my Nana several times a week these days! She has a wealth of great advice and tips. I only wish my Grandad had been around longer for me to now benefit from his advice instead of dismissing it as I did when younger.

We too have lived the consumer life and grown tired and jaded, left with debt. Mine is now cleared off but OH's isn't.

Need versus want is a tough thing, we have been brought up with the idea that want is as important if not more so than need, and the lines between the two are now so blurred for the younger generation they can barely distinguish.
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Re: Jump off the consumer bandwagon totally in 2009

Post: #154241 Flo
Tue May 19, 2009 11:44 am

Every time that there is some disaster like the credit crunch or 9/11 in America we are told that it's our patriotic duty to get out there and go shopping to save the national economy.

Well excuse me but it's not our patriotic duty to do anything of the sort. And it never has been. But it seems that for two generations everyone from top to bottom of society has thought this way.

And all that is has achieved is two generations of people who don't know what to do when times get hard. Not a very successful way of running a country I would say.

Trouble is that a lot of other countries now want to buy into the same model that is now failing us in such a spectacular fashion.

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Re: Jump off the consumer bandwagon totally in 2009

Post: #154250 Gray
Tue May 19, 2009 12:22 pm

I love the debate here and wanted to add that if you get the chance read 'Enough' by John Naish published 2008. It has been one my most inspiring reads for a long while.
It has allowed me to realise that I'm a practicing 'Enoughist' probably always have been (of course, as well as an isher !). It also gives you the material to address people who poo poo any alternative ways of thinking.
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