Chele from Moms Love Shopping asked me to come back on her show to talk about what I see as a negative side of the CVS shopping “system”. As I said on the show, it was with much caution that I wrote about this. If you haven’t read it yet, go read my post on CVS and the natural mom.
One of the points that I made on the show is that we vote with our dollars. We make a statement with our purchases. And our non purchases. When we buy lots of single use products that pollute our environment and our bodies, we’re telling manufacturers to create more of these cheap disposable goods with unhealthy ingredients. We’re telling them that cost is the most important consideration for us. (When it should only be one consideration.)
We’re also getting caught up in the culture of spending, the culture of consumption. That’s a bad habit that leads to more of the same.
On the other hand, when we buy quality products that are built to last, that are reusable and not wrapped in multiple layers of plastic, we are also sending a message. To both the marketers of these products and our children.
There are better ways to be frugal in my opinion. We can make our own natural skin care products at home, we can use cloth menstrual pads or other alternatives. We can use cloth diapers. We can clean with natural home cleaning products that we make ourselves. And there are a million other ways to save money.
We can also buy products that last. For example, buying natural wood and cloth toys from family owned companies so that our kids can pass these along to their own children.
Some other great related blog posts about when frugal isn’t best:
So what do you think? When is the frugal choice not the best choice?