Finance, Minimalism

Don’t Get Swindled by the Psychology of Shopping

“When consumers feel like they’re missing out, they buy just to avoid being the loser. That’s loss aversion at its finest: When an individual scrambles to buy an item simply because he or she doesn’t want to be left without.” – What just happened? At 8:00am I entered a long lineup outside the Vancouver Conference…

DIY, Minimalism

Saying Thanks to My Backpack

Thanks backpack, my good pal. Marie Kondo, the reason behind my blog post on tidying, suggests that we should develop strong bonds with our beloved stuff and create a habit of gratitude towards all the things that get us through the day. In her book, Marie describes her routine: when she gets home from work and puts away…

Finance, Minimalism, Simplicity

Are We All Hyper-Consumers?

While listening to CBC radio today about China’s growing smog problems, the word ‘hyper-consumerism’ was mentioned when referring to consumer trends in North America and China.The lady said it quickly and matter-of-factly as if it was a commonly known term, but to me the word felt like a slap in the face. Hyper-consumerism!? Whoa, I…

Finance, Minimalism

Buy Nothing Challenge

Buying nothing is kind of forced upon you when you’re a student. Having left my steady paycheck 5 months ago and rejoined the bank-draining world of student life, I’ve begun to revisit old money-saving techniques that I conveniently avoided when I was working full-time. All of a sudden, a new $80 sweater seemed absolutely ludicrous!…

Finance, Minimalism

How Much Does It REALLY Cost?

“The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call ‘life’ which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden I’ve discovered a few fool-proof strategies for myself to reduce my ‘stuff’ buying, and Mr. Thoreau’s quote sums the first one s it up…

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