Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Minimalist Shopping

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Minimalist Shopping

Article excerpt

As the holiday season starts to roll around, Thanksgiving sales and advertising have reminded me of the vast majority of Americans who contribute to our excessive consumerism. Being a high school student who has taken on many minimalist ideals, I have figured out how to prevent myself from making unnecessary purchases.

The U.S. Department of Energy has noted that 25 percent of people with two-car garages don't have room to park cars inside them and 32 percent have room for only one vehicle. I've seen many examples of this. It is hard to believe that anyone actually uses all the things that have accumulated in those garages.

Although serious minimalism may not be for everyone, it may be useful for some to adopt a few minimalist values. Something most people need is to be realistic about things they don't use and get rid of them. Ask yourself: Have you really worn that shirt in the past six months? How long has it been since you used that waffle iron? …

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