Keep a spending journal For a month write down everything you

buy: the item, where you bought it and when, and how much it cost. At the month's end, review the list to learn about how you shop. For example, do you indulge in "retail therapy" when you have a bad day? Try meditating, doing yoga, taking a walk instead—anything that doesn't cost money. Or maybe you're an impulse buyer who goes into a store for one item and comes out with a bag full of stuff. If so, try writing down what you need before you leave the house, and then stick to that list when you're in the store.

• Go for quality over quantity. Disposable cultures emphasize buying lots of cheap stuff—and then tossing it when you no longer need it. Sustainable cultures, on the other hand, emphasize well made goods that last. Insist on durability and reliability. This applies when you're shopping for things like cars, clothing, electronics, or furniture. As page 91 notes, there are other times when it makes sense to buy in bulk.

^^ To move toward zero waste, get smaller trash cans. Having less space to hold trash makes you more aware of what you're throwing out.

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