Rampant consumerism and consumption is becoming the norm, and this is partly due to the fact that it is so easy to make purchases online. $Pro Katy Wolk-Stanley is challenging that notion by refusing to buy new stuff, and instead, she’s prioritizing her goals and values when it comes to consumption. Free piles of stuff on the sidewalk and your local Buy Nothing group can be great, but they’re not the only way to drastically cut back. Listen as we’re challenged by Katy and as we seek to save more of our money by spending less on junk we don’t need.
- Be sure and check out Katy’s site: The Non-Consumer Advocate
- News story of bogus online reviews over at NBC.
- Try FakeSpot.com to determine if reviews are legitimate!
- Listen to that 99% Invisible episode that explained why China is no longer accepting our recyclables.
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I can get on-board with Katy’s (and your) basic premise of reduce and reuse (from the reduce/reuse/recycle mantra). But I think there are situations in which *not* reusing the old but otherwise serviceable item would be better. In Katy’s example of the old-school glass CRT TVs, they tend to consume a lot more electricity than a flat screen TV of about the same size (especially if the CRT is big enough to be four feet thick). From an individual frugality perspective, that’s a bigger electricity bill. From a planetary/environmental perspective, that’s more carbon in the atmosphere. For an extreme example, think of the 60 year old cars still running in Cuba. They can’t be too environmentally friendly.
I recognize that the entire carbon footprint of a good is not in its use after manufacturing – I imagine that a lot of carbon was released when my Prius was made. But my 17-year old previous car’s maintenance and repairs were getting to the point where I decided it was more frugal to get a new car and trade the old one in – maybe someone who’s more mechanically inclined fixed what was wrong with it.
And speaking of new cars / old cars – In a previous episode, you guys extolled the virtue (and value) in buying a solid used car instead of a new car. So, I poked around the web and found what believe are solid used cars. However, when I checked the “clean title” box on the search, they all disappeared. When I googled “clean title”, I think it said that a used car may no longer have a clean title if it’s been in an accident, flooded, etc.
In your guys’ opinion, how important is having a clean title for a used car? Is the lack of a clean title a deal breaker? Did I even get the definition of “clean title” right as it pertains to used cars?