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The Non-Consumer Advocate

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Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without

I am still in New York City, and am trying to organize the troops for a trip to The Museum of Modern Art, so today I offer up more photographic evidence of our travel. An upcycled vintage VW bus from a delicious albeit pricey Mexican restaurant in SOHO. (Although the expensive lunch was balanced by […]

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Today I am . . .  Staying at my sister’s apartment in Manhattan. Walking my sister’s dog. Visiting my my sister’s in-laws who just filled her fridge with homemade chicken soup and various goodies. (Yum!) Going on a Sweatshop Workers tour at the Tenement Museum, which also includes an extra discussion peri

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My family is still here in Washington D.C., as my husband receives his award, and does related conference activities. (Today he meets with our senator and congressman!) Me and the kids? We’re meeting up with our own version of area dignitaries. Recognize anyone? Yes. It was the earth shattering moment when The Non-Con

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My family is in Washington D.C. right now, and it’s a very interesting mix of very expensive and extremely frugal. Here, let me elaborate: My husband is being presented with an award, so the airfare and very nice hotel for the two of us was free. However, the tickets for the kids were $580 apiece. […]

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  Today I am . . .  Getting ready for our east coast trip by running errands, writing to-do lists and trying to achieve a goal of leaving the house in a state of complete cleanliness and order. Nothing’s more depressing than coming home to a stale and messy house. So depressing! Looking forward to […]

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It’s time for another Non-Consumer Mish-Mash, where I write a little bit about this and a little bit about that. The Luxury of Time Allows For Creative Problem Solving It may seem as if I’m able to come up with frugal hacks without batting an eye, but that’s simply not the case. Each wheel that […]

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If you own possessions, you’re already fully aware of the content decline of everything that surrounds you. Appliances need repairs, clothes need mending and stuff simply needs fixing. But just because your possessions crumble in front of your very eyes doesn’t mean that they have to be replaced. Just the other

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There are two things that set my teeth on edge, wasting money and buying single use items. Example of the two? The obligatory graduation cap and gown. My son’s high school kept sending information about graduation products to buy, (class rings, mementos, official announcements) and of course the cap and gown. I asked

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My family is soon to spend a week and half visiting Washington D.C. and New York City. This trip kind of fell in our laps as my husband recently learned that he was being presented with an award in D.C. Luckily, this means that the airfare, housing and food are paid for while in D.C. […]

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I am not and never have been a fan of paying for something when I can figure out a free alternative. Yes, it’s usually easier to plop down the ol’ debit card and pay for convenience, but where’s the fun in that? Remember how I was rooting rosemary from my neighbor’s cuttings? I was waiting to [̷

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Instagram: And Targeted Savings Banks: Katy Wolk-Stanley “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” Click HERE to follow The Non-Consumer Advocate on Twitter. Click HERE to follow The Non-Consumer Advocate on Instagram. Click HERE to join The Non-Consumer Advocate Facebook group. Click HERE to follo

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If you have streaming Netflix, it can be hard to not get overwhelmed by the thousands upon thousands of options. Yes, their fancy algorithm shows you a manageable number of viewing options, but sometimes it’s nice to get a nudge in the right direction. Here are few Netflix shows, movies and documentaries that I feel [

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It’s time for another Non-Consumer Photo Essay, because my Instagram account is chock full of non-consumer-y goodness. Like this photo of a chair I picked up yesterday on my way home from picking up groceries. It turns out that it’s George Nelson for Herman Miller and they sell for $1000 apiece on eBay. Can I [&

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Five Things That Make Me Happy: 1) This photo from 1990: 2) My next door neighbor and I took advantage of some lovely sunny weather to meet up for coffee and go for a walk. Great conversation and terrific company. 3) I extended my outside time by pulling out all the overgrown dead foliage from my garden, a […]

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Sometimes it seems like the decluttering experts read one another’s tips and then just regurgitate them over and over again. “Take everything out of your closet and bag up what you haven’t worn for a year.” “Put out three boxes, keep, giveaway and unsure.” Blah, blah, blah . . . But IR

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Need extra incentive to join the buy-nothing-new Compact movement? How about special parking spaces everywhere you go? V.I.P. all the way, bay-bee! Katy Wolk-Stanley “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” Click HERE to follow The Non-Consumer Advocate on Twitter. Click HERE to follow The Non-Consumer A

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The following is a reprint of a previously published post. Enjoy! If I had a nickel for every time I’ve cleaned my younger son’s room I’d have a pile of cash that reached the moon. But somehow, however many times he/I/we get his room cleaned up, it’s just a matter of nano-seconds before the cleanline

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I make an effort to minimize waste in my home whenever possible. We recycle and compost, mend and repair, buy only used (which almost eliminates packaging waste) and try to find alternate uses for what we already own. We Portlanders only get every-other-week garbage pickup and we share that with our next door neighbors. On

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I am a frustrating person to have on your gift list. Why? Because I’m perfectly content with what I already own. I have nothing on my Amazon wish list, and if anything I’m feeling like I have too much stuff in my life. It frustrates my husband and mother to no end. I spent this […]

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Note: I wrote this article for The Huffington Post, which can be read HERE. Any and all “likes,” comments and “shares” are greatly appreciated, is they will help move the article to the front page where it will actually get read. Please click over to the The Huffington Post for your feedback. Thank

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I used a $10-off-$50 Safeway coupon, Just4U coupons and paper coupons yesterday for a huge grocery shopping trip. I spent $56.65 and saved $38.03. (Six bags of groceries, bay-bee!) And best of all, I bought nothing that wasn’t on my list. I dropped a big box of my younger son’s outgrown clothes at the children&

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Because consumer goods have become so unbelievably cheap, it’s easy to just buy new stuff whenever a want or need strikes. When The Dollar Tree sells multipacks of socks for a buck and Old Navy sells flip-flops for the same price, where’s the incentive to buy used, fix what’s broken or hold off on a new

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Here are Five Frugal Things that have flavored my recent days: I planted cilantro seeds in a thrifted flower pot. My son gave me a small stack of Papa Murphy’s“Free Cookie Dough” coupons that he scavenged from a Timbers soccer game. His reward has been fresh cookies in his school lunches. I brought home a

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My fifteen-year-old son is obsessed with soccer. Playing soccer, watching soccer, soccer paraphernalia, soccer players, soccer cleats; and yes, soccer talk. Endless fascinating soccer talk. Luckily, my husband has a similar, (luckily not completely obsessive) interest in soccer, so he’s able to soak up the majority of

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The following is a reprint of a previously published post. Enjoy! I was on my way back from dropping my son off at his life guarding class this morning, when I  started to have a minor anxiety attack. This came complete with waves of nausea and a feeling that maybe I should start hyperventilating. It [...]

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Why hello there, you hunk of burning love. Are you feeling shy today? No reason to hide. No one’s going to hurt you. There now, that wasn’t so bad, was it? I think I saw a pair of blue suede shoes over by all the used sneakers. Katy Wolk-Stanley “Use it up, wear it out, [...]

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I write a lot about food waste, and recently I’ve been adding a fair number of posts about zero waste. So naturally I’ve been thinking about how the two are connected. Buying in bulk (the mainstay of zero waste) means that not only are you avoiding dreaded packaging, but you’re also able to buy precisely

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Today I am . . .  Completely and utterly exhausted from working yesterday. Happy to have a job. Feeding frozen blood worms to my son’s new teeny tiny frog. Noticing that all of my shoes are either needing repair or are beyond repair. Missing the sunshine that I complained about a few weeks ago. Voting. [...]

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Happy 15th birthday to my sweet younger son. Born with extra energy and personality. Smart, artistic, soccer-obsessed and such a hilarious young man. Thank you for choosing me as your mother. Katy Wolk-Stanley “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” Click HERE to follow The Non-Consumer Advocate on Twitte

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Today I am taking it easy as a blogger. My house needs a couple hours of focused attention, and the Oregon sky just might eke out enough sunshine for a load of laundry. Have a great Friday! Katy Wolk-Stanley “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” Click HERE to follow The Non-Consumer [...]

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