I stopped ordering from Amazon in January of this year. That has presented some challenges, but overall it has been manageable. Wal-Mart has pretty much everything. As Jeff Bezos takes over retail, a newspaper, Washington DC, and even New York now, my favorite things are brick and mortar stores, many of which have online purchasing and in-store pick-up. I find in-store pick-up more convenient than getting a box to my door because the stores are nearby anyway.
Goodwill is a combination of unbeatable prices and quality products. Whether donating or buying, you are supporting good jobs and reusing / recycling excess stuff, much if which is brand new.
Recently, I had to buy some clothes that were beyond the Goodwill scope and Kohl’s really came through for me. I ordered online for reasonable prices, they sent me an e-mail when it was ready for in-store pick up, and while I was at the store, I purchased some other items like socks out of convenience.
3. Less Stuff
Waiting to go to the store with a list until buying something often means you don’t buy it at all. Every time you buy something, you paid with your money–and your free space! Don’t forget the space!
I have kept to a one-out-one-in rule for all my possessions for several years now but this year I picked up the purging with continuous trips to Goodwill. As I near a reasonable amount of stuff that nearly fits in a 400sqft apartment, I realize how much had piled up. I used to get a good feeling from saving money. Now I enjoy spending money on consumable items, but even more, I enjoy freeing up space.