…or if you like being lazy about buying new stuff. Really. I’m a master at not buying things. (It’s almost embarrassing sometimes.) Here is my modus operandi:
- We remodeled a kitchen using refurbished cabinets from Restore. It was cheap but the cabinets were solid wood. You can’t get those anymore. I’ve bought bath appliances there and, sometimes, furniture.
- I own antiques (otherwise known as gently used) furnishings. I like the style and
they’ve stood the test of time
- I compost because it’s easy on a farm – just make a pile of green stuff and horse
leavings, and mix it up once in awhile. It takes care of itself.
- I recycle, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because I hate paying
extra for garbage service.
- I hate throwing out old tech and I refuse to do it. I still have my TI99 computer
from 1978, and it still works. I can play a very slow game of Pong on it or write a program in Basic. (That is, if I can remember Basic…) I refurbish and give away or recycle any other used computers and their parts.
- I give any unused cell phones to women’s shelters, veteran’s hospitals, or any other group who can use them.
- Almost all of my kitchen appliances, such as the can opener, coffee grinder, coffee maker, etc. are hand operated, no electricity required.
- I like CFLs. They give off a lower light than the energy-gobbling incandescent bulbs. Mood lighting is good for the soul.
- I really like antiquarian books – the older, the better.
- I keep cars until the wheels, or other major parts, fall off, usually 10 years. (That is, unless someone smacks into me while I’m stopped at a light, totaling my car, and then runs away. That, however, is an entirely different posting, which will be saved for when I’m in a snarky mood.)For me, it’s actually easier to reduce, reuse, or recycle than it is to buy new or toss things in the garbage.
Oh, and there’s this little thing I have against shopping…