I’m tired. And I’m scared of the Status Quo I feel we as Americans are accepting as the new reality for our country. And as an American who loves this country, for better and for worse, I feel compelled to do something about it.
Editor’s Note: We stumbled across this article from Investopedia, and thought it was worth the share.
There are many ways to save Continue readingon groceries, such as clipping coupons or buying generic brands in lieu of name brands. However, another way to cut costs is to skip the supermarket altogether to purchase locally grown food.
This is a nice little story. Yes, GM has had its issues. But, let’s be honest, no one would cry (tears of joy, at least) if someone drove up in their 40 year old Datsun. And, dare I say, this is the add that should have run during the Superbowl.
Editor’s Note: The good people at SHTFplan recently posted an article that we feel ties directly into the theme and views of our site. Namely, that we are conditioned from early childhood to be consumer zombies. The less thought we put into what and where we buy, the better for those selling it to us. Using our kids as the link to our pocketbooks is a brilliant tactic, as it puts us in the tough spot of having to say no to our little angels, and sets those angels up to be the best corporate consumers throughout their lives.
If the following trailer for Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood doesn’t convince parents that our children are being educated to be nothing more than slaves to the consumption paradigm, then nothing will. Continue reading
While a simple list of ingredients would not be that objectionable, what really curdles bakers’ buttercream is that these labeling rules do not suggest a level playing field between what you might pick up from your local corner bakery and from your local home baker. The logical equivalence would be a fresh cupcake to a fresh cupcake. Last time we checked, a cupcake from Quack’s or Sugar Mama’s doesn’t come with a long label with the kind of exhaustive information required of home bakers.
When we encourage folks to spend locally, what we really mean is to stop (or at least curtail) shopping at the large, national chain stores. But, are they really that bad? Continue reading
The following is taken from Austin Independent Business Alliance. The numbers are staggering, and the implications even more so. Further, while these numbers apply only to Austin, TX, they can be applied to Anytown, USA. In fact, AIBA has a documents page that posts studies from around the country about how various communities are impacted by the conscientious spending of its citizens. We have the power, people. We simply need to wake up and use it. Continue reading
This happens all too often. The small, independent business owner getting railroaded by the corporate bully…
And another story on the same subject.
So the wife of Oz and I wanted new dishes when we got married a while back. Turns out neither one of us is into Wedgewood or fine china since our backgrounds tend to be more Hillbilly and White Trash than Blue Blood. I have had antique Fiestaware for years now but it was starting to look, well, antique.
I really like the solid feel of the dinnerware and being a heavy handed construction type it has proven to be durable over the years. I mentioned to the wife of Oz that Fiestaware is cool and she agreed! Continue reading
If you’re like most of America (or friends with most of America), you watched the game that we all watched yesterday.
I have a degree. I am two classes short (calculus and ecology) of having two degrees. I am also certified to teach (just about anything) in the state of Texas. But times are tough. Continue reading