December 8, 2022

Fighting Mindless Consumerism Since 2008



Mindless Consumerism:

A world-consuming epidemic of collective madness, rendered so normal by advertising and the media that we scarcely notice what has happened to us.


Here at the Not Buying Anything blog we have been fighting mindless consumerism since 2008.  

It's taking longer than we thought.

But the fight goes on.

Thanks for joining us.

Mother Earth appreciates your efforts.

So do I.


December 5, 2022

Extreme Frugal - No Hair

No hair - no problem.




No, it's not alopecia. I don't have cancer, and I'm not a buddhist monk. I just love the simplicity and savings of going sans hair.

As times get rougher, many of us are looking for frugal ideas beyond washing out plastic bags for reuse, or using coupons at the grocery store. 

Extreme economic times call for extreme frugal responses.

For a few years now Linda and I have been cutting our own hair. More recently, I have convinced Linda to join me in adopting a new hairstyle (if you can call it that). 

The new hairstyle is no hair.

“Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one’s self?” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think Linda is just as beautiful without hair as she is with hair, and as her caregiver, not having to add haircare to my list of things to do is a major time saver and stress reliever.

Now we use our electric hair trimmer straight up to shave our hair as short as we can get it every two or three weeks. 

It's the old buzz cut I used to get as a kid, and it still works today, and for the same reasons. 

Now I know why my mom chose that route - it is maintenance free, and with four boys in our family, it made a big difference at bath time. 

I should note that our sister was not required to join us, although mom probably wouldn't have minded if she did.

The buzz cut also leads to major savings, whether its for your kids or the whole family. Since adopting this extreme frugal idea, our budget for hair care has been reduced to zip, zero, zilch.

No paying the hairdresser. No buying shampoo, or conditioner, or brushes, combs, or hair products of any kind.

We use the same bar soap for everything, and it works just fine. 

Have you ever looked at the ingredient list on any hair care product? They are all  chemical labs in a bottle. Skin is very absorbent, and all those chemicals put on your outside, end up on the inside.

For the price of one haircut a person can purchase a trimmer that will last for years and provide ongoing savings.

I know it is not for everyone, but if you are looking for extreme frugal ideas, and don't really give a shit about what other people think, this might work for you.

Just think of it - never have a bad hair day again.