Motivation to buy less

Would any of these concerns motivate you to buy less?globe

    • Waste of time, money, energy
    • Depletion of natural and global resources
    • Pollution
    • Work conditions around the world
    • Human hardship
    • Negative impact on environment
    •  Eventual impact of disposal
    • Less to organize, maintain, and manage.

Please consider buying less.

2 replies
  1. Debra Bloom
    Debra Bloom says:

    Hi Janine,
    A couple of years ago, I decided that I would no longer buy gifts. Radical, right?! What I realized is that gift-giving has taken on a crazy life of its own. While it is fun to buy gifts (and I am pretty good at pairing the right gift for the right person), I now have grown children who 1) don’t NEED anything and 2) likely make more money than I do! What I try to do instead is to create opportunities to connect and have experiences together – share a meal, visit a museum, gather with other family. And it’s enough. No- it’s better! There are no expectations, no obligations, no disappointments, no WASTED purchases of THINGS that no-one needs. I think this next generation “gets” that – they accumulate less than we did (at least that’s what I see in my 30-something kids’ cohort). And with my partner, we buy what we need when we need it and don’t tie those “things” into a special occasion. It keeps things simple!

    • Janine Cavanaugh, CPO®
      Janine Cavanaugh, CPO® says:

      Hi Debra,
      Thanks for responding. It makes me so happy to see that you have the same outlook on the gift giving craze. Your gifts of experiences sound wonderful. I hope that others who read this will be motivated to implement your ideas. Happy holidays to you and your family.


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