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30 Mar, 2010

The 2010 Shopping Embargo is coming to a close

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Shopping Embargo

I am collecting my thoughts and will be adding my final update to my original 2010 Embargo post later today. Was it a success? How has it altered our shopping habits? How does the new puppy factor into all of this? What’s next? 

Thank you to those who followed along!

5 Responses to "The 2010 Shopping Embargo is coming to a close"

1 | lacoop

March 30th, 2010 at 4:11 pm


Although we can’t say we stopped buying, the ’embargo’ helped us to think about what we bought. And that was a good thing, cause spending our money is one of the last democratic actions we can exercise…we spend where we would like to see things go.

2 | Meg

March 31st, 2010 at 3:14 pm


http://www.storyofstuff.com/ this 20 minute video made me really wonder about shopping.

3 | LO

March 31st, 2010 at 7:43 pm


The embargo helped me a lot! And as a well established shopper, this was no small feat and I must say, I now look at shopping consumption in a whole new light:)

4 | Urban Girl

October 7th, 2010 at 7:55 pm


Oh this is interesting – will have to read your archived posts on this. How do you get to your final update for the Embargo – did you post it in April 2010?

5 | Greenest Stuff Ottawa

October 14th, 2010 at 12:03 pm


Great posts on the embargo and great questions to ask yourself before purchase. I also like your strategies to curtail spending. I read your wrap up and it’s interesting to read about how it gets easier with each year. I find my bad habit is surfing online and getting caught up by pretty things on etsy and the like. Esp. if it’s a small purchase – $20 or $30. I have a hard time thinking twice. But then little splurges add up at the end of the month. Definitely need to work on this!

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