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On Living with Less (INFOGRAPHIC)

A record $52.4 billion was spent on Black Friday in 2011, and reached $59.1 billion in 2012, a 13 percent increase, according to CNN Money. This amount of money is not being spent by a small number of Americans either – approximately 139.4 million people went shopping during the four-day post-Thanksgiving weekend in 2012, according to the National Retail Federation.

While some good deals might pop up on Black Friday, a large majority of the sales that happen aren’t really all that special – we’ve just been convinced that they are and Black Friday has been cemented into the “tradition” calendars of many.

Yet, there is only so much space we have to keep the large amount of stuff bought on Black Friday and other days. The U.S. is known for its consumerism, and more often than not it eats up people’s pocketbooks, homes, and time too. Even if it’s a practice we’ve known since childhood, that doesn’t mean we can’t make a change and switch to a more minimalistic lifestyle that can still be fulfilling (and arguably, more so in some cases).

What’s more, a good portion of purchases simply end of up in the trash. For example, in 2011, 13 million tons of clothes piled up in landfills across the country, a portion of which were new items that had barely been worn.

It’s time to rethink our spending culture and learn to live on a bit less, for our sanity and the environment’s. Check out the inforgraphic below for a handy introduction on living with less, and then read up on five ways buying less can help you live more.


Living With Less: America's Quest for Simplicity

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15 comments on “On Living with Less (INFOGRAPHIC)”

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Kelly Barlow White
4 Years Ago

Donnamarie Grow Damon

Maynard S. Clark
4 Years Ago

How feasible is living with low costs. There's talk about clutter, then there's talk about continuing costs. I'm concerned with continuing costs (regular expenses).

Dee Riccio
4 Years Ago

I sold everything and became debt free..I live on a small island in swfl..in a trailer..I grow a garden and am vegan..I am self employed as a pet sitter and clean for elderly...I use all natural cleaning products..compost and shop at thrift store and yard sales..you can grow all year round here..I user to have my own business and big house in NH..I may look poor now..but decided to live simply do I could have s life....I sleep good at night

Melissa Fill Adams
4 Years Ago

I love not going out in the madness. I have been learning to live more simply over the last couple of years and now to the max since I lost my job 9 weeks ago. Good time on November 1st to change to a vegetarian. Loving the meals and the more simple life style.

JuanyPhyl Becerra
4 Years Ago

Have not done any shopping - and do not intend to.

Jennifer Sheridan
4 Years Ago

Whirled Up to that!

Barbara Houston
4 Years Ago

Or just another attempt to control the masses so the rich can continue to spend like drunken whores.

Jeanne Southard Lavelle
4 Years Ago

Black Friday should be illegal to protect customers from deadly stampede!

Laylany J. Blanco Rivera
4 Years Ago

self control and be wise :-)

Roger Elliott
4 Years Ago

Exactly!!!! Life is richer when you simply enjoy life on its own terms!


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