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What are some things that are worth (and not worth) spending money on? 
Submitted by pinejar.

i love good food. good travel. nice clothes. a home. a car. and a little extra for some peace of mind. that come what may we can still eat, be dressed and have a home.

but what happens to all this stuff we buy and generally spend money on? andy and i have been discussing this because we want to get rid of some, or maybe a lot, of our stuff. what kind of impact do the things we buy truly have on our environment, our economy, or world? as i pack bags full of stuff i've spent money on i envision their new lives. perhaps on a goodwill shelf and then brought home to someone else's world. who knows? i just know i can't care, cause it's just stuff.

don't get me wrong, i'm holding on to my mom's ring and charm bracelet and a bracelet that my brother and sister-in-law bought for me in Mexico after they lived there for awhile, came home, and got married (but that's another story.) i'm being selective about the sentimental stuff. the necklace i wore in high school with a tiny rainbow assortment of beads and a bell on the end. and the necklace lydia made for me all purple with a silver angel charm. that one hung in my zoomie car for a long time.

so the stuff worth spending money on are things to do with health like good food and how about massages too: traveling to see this world and the beautiful people we love on it: oh, i do love clothes and a bargain, and now they need to be eco-friendly to boot! a home to live in of course, again hopefully earth-friendly. a car is nice to get our booties from place to place (and eventually i hope to have a "green" automobile). hopefully to eat good food and see great people instead of buying "stuff". and yes a little extra for some peace of mind, some wiggle room, for a rainy day, for someone else's rainy day and so on. i like money, i like having money. i like sharing money and experiences and life. may we all have the money we need to buy the stuff we need. and may we be self aware and true to ourselves through our purchases.

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a little late for earth day but nonetheless sincere these are the things i've changed to start living greener everyday!

but first, since buying a big volvo suv in december, which i felt very good about at the time because weren't driving very much and i like a big safe family car that i can pack all of our stuff in for road trips. and then about 5 weeks after purchasing the big suv i got a job and i commute, eek! this is not a commuter vehicle. i feel guilty about my comfort and safety and that sucks, not to mention the wretched gas prices in california. so my solutions to guilt and to minimize my "footprint" as they say here's my short list:

as of yesterday i am officially vegan!

i bought a big SIGG water container to carry with me, no more little plastic bottles. eliot has one too.

shorter showers, especially in our old home, one of our showers takes forever to get hot so that shower will now be used minimally.

i unplug electronics that aren't in use

we use seventh generation diapers

we use seventh generation recycled paper towels

i use cloth napkins everyday

i buy biodegradable  household cleaning products

i buy organic produce/foods

i recycle my old running shoes

we recycle more then ever at home

we walk where ever we can

andy's commuting on the train more

we only run the dishwasher when it's about to explode because it's so full!

i finally have some tote bags to bring to the grocery store!

i plan on going to our local farmers market next weekend when it reopens for the season

we buy into our local green energy company

so that's what i can think of off the top of my head. so my wish is for everyone to go just a little green. green is beautiful!

clothing: yesterday i wore my bay area boot camp light blue tank under my baby gap preppy blue argyle sweater vest, i love that thing. today i have on a pink t with tiny dinosaurs on it, plaid patchwork shorts, brown belt and brown born platform sandals.

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