posted on Feb, 11 2014 @ 11:27 PM
Half the battle is debt.
Avoid debt and you get their goat.
Use their money against them.
Always play with the "House's" money.
You win the gold star!
Avoiding debt is the hardest part of getting out of the "system" but the "reward" (more money in your pocket each month) is well worth the effort.
I had never realized how much pressure comes from, not just the media, but from peers and family---to have the latest whatsit---phone, e-gadget, car,
hair style....it never ends.
When you switch from credit cards to cash, you have a different attitude. When you actually see that cash you worked for going from your hand to
someone else's hand, it has a deeper impact that signing a credit card receipt.
Another method is to buy locally produced materials. Food, drink, household goods---find out what is produced in your area and commit to your local
I also refuse to buy new goods marked "made in China." Richard Nixon and every fool we've elected since his reign has cuddled up a bit closer the
Chinese, much to my dismay. Why would I send my money to a nation that employs what amounts to slave labor to make cheap blenders and phones.
American companies with connections to government can set up shop in "Enterprise Zones" and hire children, pay them 12 cents/hr. and give them two
bowls of rice and a mat on which to sleep. Why would I want to encourage that sort of behavior?
Another point: Tell the merchants you shop with that you want US-made products---or at least made in North America---I've gotten some really fine
gardening tools that are of Canadian manufacture.
What do you do when your coffee maker quits and every single one on the shelf offered for sale is made in China? Go to a second-hand store/thrift
shop and pick up a used one. You are helping the local business and not directly encouraging import. At least that's my solution.
It's much easier to step away from pop culture if you shut off the tv. We shut off the cable over 20 years ago and never once have we looked at each
other and said, "Oh, man, what I wouldn't give to watch a few hours of tv." Not once.