32. Shop less. (and Give More).

Changing habits is hard. Changing habits that generate endorphin rushes from shopping makes it even harder. Changing habits that generate endorphin rushes from shopping for cool monthly places to live that bring joy…man, it’s really tough. So instead of guiding the ‘shop less’ directive to an empty void, maybe we can alter the shopping trigger from shopping to giving, so it would now read: “Shop Less and Give More”

To help you ‘Shop less and Give more,’ here’s a simple 2-step process:

  1. Choose a day where you will aim to spend $0
  2. In exchange for spending money, choose something you can give to people - a compliment, a helping hand, 5 bad dad jokes.

Your Future You will appreciate your Shop Less and Give More day by not being burdened by the over-supply of ‘shopped stuff’ that would end up making its way to the recycling bin. And your Future You will be happy to have generated a reputation of being a minimalist, complementary, helping-hand, bad-dad-joke telling entity.

P.S. - It’s been reported that Corporate Housing companies help people ‘Shop Less and give more’ by providing all-inclusive pricing in our rents (saving time and shopping efforts) and promoting works of charity like Move for Hunger - https://moveforhunger.org/. We hope you find something that helps you shop less. If not, here’s a list of 200 dad jokes to help you focus on giving - https://www.menshealth.com/trending-news/a34437277/best-dad-jokes/

This series is focused on Simple Sustainable Actions - based on Stephane Omsanski’s article in Parade from 2021.


32. Shop less.

Sorry—we know it sucks. Shopping less means using fewer resources and producing less waste.