Buy less and spend more: Are you willing to give up cheap stuff for a better world?
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I grew differently from many of my peers, but one thing my grandmother, who raised me, agreed on with the rest of America was the importance of finding a bargain. Whether looking for clothing, bath towels, a new refrigerator, or shoes for my grandpa, my grandma was a tough negotiator on price, and she often got the deal she wanted. Travel was high on her list of priorities, so she would relish the chance to save on groceries (thankfully we also had a huge garden, local meat and eggs, so food quality was still high), socks and school supplies so we could visit the Panama Canal or see family in Australia.
And for many Americans, especially these days, finding a bargain is still a priority. Cheaper is better and anyone paying full price is a fool. But after cleaning out my own basement recently, not long after catching a couple episodes of the TV show "Hoarders," followed by the latest story documenting how poorly the people who make our cheap holiday stuff (there's even a "slavery" app for that now), and I had to ask myself, “At what price cheap?”
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