Category Archives: consumerism

Downsizing your life

Whether it’s by choice or not, there comes the decision to downsize.  It doesn’t come easy, and don’t expect it to suddenly get easier until you arrive in the neighborhood of downsized.  Then, for some reason, it starts getting easier … Continue reading

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Why bother to try living small?

Living small.  Sometimes its a case of making your home fit your bank account.  Sometimes it’s making it fit the carbon footprint you want to leave on the planet.  Other times, it’s about proving a point. Whatever the reason, there … Continue reading

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Big optimism and tiny house

I’ve been struggling lately.  Really hard.  My optimism has taken a beating, I feel overwhelmed often by financial worries, and yet…it’s silly, because we always manage to get by…somehow.  Some days, it seems that this tin box has become as … Continue reading

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Teensy house

Living in a travel trailer changes your perspective on a lot of things. Like space. Storage. Convenience. Granted, not all travel trailers are created equally, just as houses aren’t created equally.  Some are big, some are small, some are well … Continue reading

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Energy and us

Face it.  Energy is a huge consumer of our budget, and most of us are relatively huge consumers of energy. If that didn’t make your head hurt… The truth of the matter is, the situation in Japan had me looking … Continue reading

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Downsizing your wallet and budget

A big part of downsizing is downsizing your wallet and budget too.  Often, the downsizing issue is confronted simultaneously with a reduction in income, and is part of the motivation to choose to downsize.  Even if its not a necessity, … Continue reading

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Vicarious living

People are funny.  Or maybe, it’s like the song.  Beer is good, God is great, and people are crazy. Soap operas and reality television provide much entertainment in the United States.  The people who indulge the most are the ones … Continue reading

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