Way back in 2012, I wrote a list of personal challenges. Three years later, I think it is time to revisit them! I have succeeded with some and failed at others and been wishy-washy on the rest! It is hard to resist the temptations of this world and not just take the easiest route.
My husband started his farming pursuits with this in mind:
“The Earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof;” (From Psalm 24). Therefore, we see our role in the fullness of creation as stewards, not consumers.
1. Buy only what is needed (as in food, essentials). How long can you go without buying things you don’t NEED? Like those new shoes or purse? Or toys for the kids who already have enough toys to open a store?
3. When buying food, choose non-packaged food when possible or choose the least packaged options.
7. When you feel you must buy an item, shop for items that are fair trade, organic/natural or goes to a good cause. Not the junk made in China from child labor. Stick it to the big guys like Walmart and Target and buy small/local or kind!
12. Reduce your clutter by sharing what you do not need with others in need. Share about places you know that need items! Chances are there are charities and even people you know who could use what you don’t want or need anymore!
13. Use reusable bags instead of plastic when grocery shopping. Use reusable bottles to drink, not plastic.
–Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin
–Don’t Throw It, Grow It by Deborah Peterson
–The New Frugality by Chris Farrell
–Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
–Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie