Category Archives: Sustainability and consumerism

Cloth Diapers, Take Two

Sometimes really great things happen in the world of babies between your first and second kid. In our case, two wonderful things happened in the world of cloth diapers. 1) One-size pocket diapers were invented. We received several BumGenius 3.0 … Continue reading

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Container Gardening, My New Hobby

I’ve wanted a good hobby for a long time. Nathan has his knitting, but the only hobby I’ve been able to come up with is reading books. I enjoy it, but it’s pretty lame as hobbies go. A few months … Continue reading

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Used Success

A while back I wrote about wanting to purchase more things used. I just wanted to report a major success, which was buying a used portable dishwasher. I found the dishwasher on Craigslist and was able to find someone who … Continue reading

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The evening scramble

Rush from work to daycare and from daycare to home; cook dinner, eat dinner, put child(ren) to bed — do you recognize this scramble? In our house the whole routine starts when I leave work at 5-5:15 (I usually do … Continue reading

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Small Living

We live in a small condo, about 660 square feet, 36 square feet of which is an unheated porch off of the master bedroom. We moved here from a 450-square-foot awkwardly-arranged apartment when our daughter was almost a year old. … Continue reading

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Making Choices: Frugality, the Environment, or Social Justice

I stumbled into the carfree lifestyle because I’m a cheapskate. I’m allergic to spending money, and cars drink up a lot of money. I get to feel overly proud of not owning a car because I’m being environmentally responsible. Living … Continue reading

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Resolutions Part III: No Stumbling Block

In the past two posts, I’ve talked about tackling your new-years resolutions using the Floss-A-Tooth method, but not every resolution can be tackled by simply developing one new habit. What if you want to spend less money or become less … Continue reading

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Being frugal

Part of the reason that Dorea and I decided to become permanently car free is that we are cheapskates. I’ve always been a tightwad, but I wasn’t always good at budgeting and controlling impulse purchases. Dorea was always good at … Continue reading

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Self-reliant Living

My mother recently gave us a stack of Mother Earth News from this past year and it has been having funny effects on me. On the one hand, I am lusting after the whole back-to-the-earth lifestyle found in the pages … Continue reading

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Costs of car ownership, part I

Those of us who go carfree or car-light often do so because of the high costs of car ownership. So I thought it would be a good idea to spend a some time detailing those costs, which look to me … Continue reading

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