Green Tip of the Week #6 – Think before you buy

Here’s something I recently came across (thanks to Jody) and thought it was good food for thought during this holiday consumerism season and always:

When you do acquire things, many of those things must ultimately be disposed of: given away, sold on eBay, thrown away or whatever. Some may be simply used up: a washing machine, for example. But still it must then be discarded.
It helps when you go to buy something—a book, a vase, a chair, a set of dishes, whatever—if you take a moment to decide how it will be disposed of. You can’t assume, by the way, that giving it away will automatically work: it might well be that the intended recipient will not want it when the time comes.
It will then perhaps occur to you that you can finesse the problem altogether by not getting the thing in the first place. — Later On : Managing Money post

Have any green tips you’ve recently learned? Please email them to me and I may include your tip with a link to your site or blog in a future post. 🙂

3 thoughts on “Green Tip of the Week #6 – Think before you buy”

  1. Thanks for the link! And, BTW, also note that many of the acquisitions will have hidden implicit costs that you must account for in your regular spending. See the (free) Excel workbook Within Your Means for more information plus guidance in constructing a personal budget that includes allowances for the hidden expenses.

  2. I do this with all the stuff I buy for my son. I make sure it’s taken care of and kept in good condition, and I only buy what will last so I can give it away to a friend or donate it to Goodwill. Then someone else will have the use of a nice item!

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