Wouldn't it be better to do with out for a little while and save, so we can buy what we really need, locally? Support your small businesses, they have an vested intrest in your community, unlike the large multi-national companies. It's so easy to become addicted to buying stuff (see above illiustration- that really is Mumzy's garage). Another thought is to make things your self. (This is especially good if you're unemployed, it may even lead to your own business or at least a new skill.) There are blogs abounding with "how too" information and ideas. Mum learned to crochet on YouTube. Both Kokoro and Mumzy are taking a vow, to not add to the glut. Kokoro came up with an idea, when ever he see's the "shopping look" in Mum's eye. He falls on the floor and rolls over her foot. He hopes this will make her laugh, and then stay home and play with him, draw a picture, or take him for a walk.
It's the begining of making a difference. ~^._.^~
*Some of my summer reading:
My Recycled Bags this is just one site of millions!