I find the notion of spending “for the country” to be both ludicrous and dangerous (1/11, A-1, “Balancing act; When people curb their spending during difficult times, it tends to make the hard times harder”).
During these dark economic times, we have the opportunity to question our economic system that encourages consumption. Rather than spending “for the country,” I believe that now is the time to question what we value and to look for alternative ways to meet our needs. For example, bartering of goods and services is a common practice that allows a person to exchange what they can do for what they need. There are many other non-monetary systems that are being piloted around the world that successfully provide economic resources to everyday people.
Let’s look at why we spend and what we value, and recognize unnecessary consumption. Now is the time to examine and reinvent our notions about what we really need and how we can best acquire it.