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27 Feb, 2013

Shopping, value, and the things we buy

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Shopping Embargo|Yaktivism

So we are still refraining from BUYING STUFF around here. The Embargo ends in a few days. I often have people ask me if I’m happy that it’s coming to an end. This is tough to answer. We’ve been participating in an annual Embargo since 2006, which has added up to many many months of […]

29 Jan, 2013

Hello there good lookin’

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Shopping Embargo

A few of you are stumbling here looking for my post about the Shopping Embargo. It’s right here. In case you’re looking for the Shopping Embargo Facebook Group, it’s right here. I recommend checking out the Facebook group for progress reports, tips, links to articles, general updates, and the occasional plea for help. :) Thanks! […]

27 Dec, 2012

Shopping Embargo 2012-2013

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Shopping Embargo

Our family has been participating in a post-Boxing Day Shopping Embargo since 2006. I can hardly believe it’s been that long, but it has. It’s become The Routine in our family, and I think that’s a good thing. This year’s Embargo is more important than ever. We have just surfaced from a major home renovation […]


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