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Shop Less, Live MoreEdit

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Think carefully about purchases: In six months, if we don't buy it, will we even notice? Notice the addictive pattern of consumption. By reducing purchases and turning a deaf ear to calls to buy, buy, buy, we reduce our need for money, and thus have more control over what we must do to make the income needed to get by.

Instead of: Recreational shopping that drives the engine of growth and debt along with ecological damage. Culturally encouraged dissatisfaction with what we already have.

NOTE: Previous version included a note to "take advantage of support groups". It also had "we reclaim our autonomy", but that's covered by the "greater control" phrase. The Mar 2015 version eliminated those phrases in order to fit the text on the card.

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Seek to satisfy more and deeper needs abundantly through nature, social relations (especially gifting, sharing, storytelling, intimacy and other rewarding engagement), creativity, spirituality, intellectual pursuits (including lifelong learning), do-it-yourself activities, and entertainments, sports and hobbies that cost little and require little "stuff".

Notice the addictive patterns of consumption - the pseudo satisfiers that don't truly satisfy but keep us coming back for more - and work individually and together to move beyond them into far richer, more deeply satisfying versions of quality of life.

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Your Money or Your Life (Book)

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