Today I wanted to share with you my mission for 2017. Now with all these new years resolutions floating around, it’s easy to get over ambitious and over commit. So I like to keep things silly simple and stick to one. My mission for 2017 is to vote with my wallet.
Now I believe I heard this term first over on Star Khechara’s website. It was only strengthened after joining the money bootcamp with Denise DT. Lately I have been researching MLM’s and mostly because I had a story around them where I believed people only bought into the products to support their friend’s new endeavor (Turns out this story goes back to kindergarten selling wrapping paper. Who turns toddlers into sales people?) What I found out is that I believe there is way too much crap being sold out there. In general, not necessarily MLM crap, just too much crap. Too many ads, too many mind games. Too many people masking depression with new outfits and yada yada.
So this year I am specifically focusing on myself. Since I crave this change in people, I have to make sure that I first am being equally critical of my own purchases. This blog post is going to be an outline of sorts of what I consider alright for myself.
I am responsible with grocery purchases. I do not need or want junk food in my house. I do not want to give money to companies who test flavors to make them more addicting. I want to spend money on natural food, grown by real people who work hard. I currently shop at Albertsons, which is now owned by Safeway. I do not know much about the origins of the food I buy at their store. If I need to I can make a shift over to Lucky’s Market which is more eager to share the source of food.
I feel like there is way too much clothing being produced and tossed around. Who knows how people declutter these things. My biggest issue is not the environment, but the way people live thinking that new is better. I have to support either clothing resellers, or companies who believe that quality is more important than quantity. I need to look for stores that don’t do latest trends or celebrity lines. Or if I do I need to buy from someone who has bought it and doesn’t want it anymore. I also want to support affiliates who give genuine reviews, or give me the idea to buy.
When I have a need for something new, I will look to see if I have any ability to support a real human. When I want to buy a book, I will also research books that are not listed as best sellers. I am aware of the popularity game and know that quality can be found outside of the most popular item. I will find new ways to evaluate products. Also, I now know what quality is out there being produced by people just trying to make a living doing what they love. I believe in passion and think that supporting people who do the work they feel most self motivated by, is the right way to invest in community. I will use sites like Etsy more often. I will pass up on super savings sales where the item is made in who knows where, to save you a buck and I will support the person who does a dance when they get an email of a new sale.
This is the way I want others to be, so I have to be more conscious of my own behavior as well.
So far this year I have gotten groceries, paid rent, my health insurance, bought a book from a youtuber and a book from an entrepreneur. I also have a couple keychains heading my way from the Etsy Store I blogged about, DotSan. I no longer give money away to Pfizer for antidepressants. So I have even more flexibility and control. I am so excited to start being more conscious about my spending. If this is a goal for you, let me know and lets share in our journey!