First off we all have to stop buying so much cheap crap made in China!
In theory it sounds good, but why buy a product that is virtually the same for way more when you can buy it cheap? We're still under recession no?
Next shop at local Mom & Pop stores and do not give your money to the mega corps (who buy all their stuff cheap from China)
If they are competitively cheaper than the mainstream stores, for sure go buy. But this also depends on what products they are selling and where they
Pay a local guy to fix your goods instead of going into debt to buy a brand new item.
Totally. If it ain't broke don't fix it, and don't buy a new one unless you really NEED it rather than WANT it. Put needs before wants.
Buy locally grown produce if you can, heck get it right from a farm!
Save your money, don't spend it on useless items.
Here's my advice, get in the habit of paying things with cash preferably or your debit card. Having a credit card doesn't mean you have money but
gives you the permission that you'll pay at a later time when you do have the money plus interest(most likely). If you want to buy something big
consumer item, save up for it. Yes, it's just painful to wait for something, but you'll save on the interest. Compound Interest is your ENEMY! Keep a
savings account of 3-6 months worth of your income for those dire emergencies. AND I don't mean "a new phone just came out and I have to buy it" type
of emergencies. Pay down any debt as fast and as much as possible. Then, save for your retirement (10% of take home pay at least, or whatever you can
afford). Invest, but don't put all your eggs in one basket. Diversify! Diversify! Diversify! Invest in things that will pay you, and not in the near
future, on an annual basis.
Oh and if you DO want to spend on something worthwhile, since we all deserve to treat ourselves and those around us once in awhil, spend it on
experiences rather than things. Things can get old real quick, but memories last forever.
Get used to paying more for better products made outside of China.
I'm not sure but, just because something is made outside of China, it shouldn't constitute it as better. Two of the exact same products using the same
exact materials should be the same. Maybe it could be defects in the design? I'm just shooting ideas
Work harder at work, if you produce items make them better than you ever have.
I haven't read this book, so I can't say. I have it currently and have heard good things. I hope this isn't spam or wrong to say what the book is
"The 4-hour workweek". As well if you have a skill, try to make a small business out of it. Become an entrepreneur. Start small, like within
the community and then grow from there. You don't have to be the next Bill Gates or Richard Branson, but the extra income helps. Also you'll be put
into the bracket of local business. The more small/local businesses, the more we all can compete against the monopolies and oligopolies of the world.
The small must connect and learn to cooperate as one in order to become something bigger than their individual selves. Free yourself.
Be smart, get educated, lead the world.
Read read read, but make sure you practice what you read or else there is point. TAKE ACTION! Watch TED, inspire yourself. Never stop learning. Help
others and teach but don't preach, understand the difference between the two. Collaborate with others since we can't make it in this world alone. WE
must work together. It's either we "live together or die alone" (Lost quote). Make mistakes, learn from them. Fail and succeed.
These are my opinions, so take it how you will.
edit on 12/6/2012 by CloudDreamer because: more knowledge spewing