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How To Save The World One Dollar At A Time

Updated on May 22, 2014

We all have dollars in our pockets, dollars that hold one of the strongest powers in this capitalist world that we live in. Each dollar we spend will determine a company’s lively hood, how much trash is going in our dumps and what we are putting in our bodies. So can you really change the world with a dollar? You decide. Here are a few ways to do it.

Shop Small

To take the money out of big corporations that treat their employees unfairly with miniscule pay and little to no benefits, stop shopping in their stores. Places like Wal-Mart routinely put smaller businesses out of business, right after they move in to town. You may not be able to stop them from moving into your town, but if you don’t shop there, they will leave. Not only do they provide subpar jobs, but they also hurt the companies that sell to them. Yes they give good business, however they pay less than anyone else will, not to mention most companies they buy from will have tons of returns that will be wasted. Big business runs this country now and the only way to stop the madness, is simply not buy from them.

Shop Local

Use your dollars in your own community, shop small in your area. Beyond that, buy products that are made in this country. Not only does it keep the power and jobs here in America, but it will promote more companies to come back home, if no one buys the cheap foreign produced goods, they will return to America to create them. Beyond our own benefits to this country, it will help the same companies to not be able to pay slave wages to children overseas to make our products. So shop products made here and buy them as close to home as possible. Building better communities starts with putting revenue in to the small businesses in your neighborhood.

Buy Used and Donate

Believe it or not, not everything has to be purchased new. You can save money and keep less waste out of our dumps by buying some things used. This could be clothing, furniture, shoes, appliances and so much more. So every dollar can help local charities like Good Will, Salvation Army or even local consignment shops. It puts a few extra bucks in your communities hands, while saving you money as well. It really is win, win.

Stop Wasting

Meaning, when something gets old, don’t just rush out and buy a new one. If it is broken, try to get it fixed and if you don’t know how, find someone locally to do it for you. It really is amazing how much this counties throws away on a daily basis, so save your power dollars and fix what can be fixed and use a little older items as long as you can. Stop Keeping Up With The Joneses, who are they anyways? Donate your older items that no longer fit, like children’s clothes and when you finally buy new stuff, maybe a family would appreciate the old items, so give them away. You can also try to make a few bucks and sell them in the community with swap papers or a garage sale, or even online with platforms like CraigsList.

Learn To Eat In Season

Instead of buying produce from Argentina and Mexico, buy local. Are you getting the way this is going. So not everything is in season all the time here, learn to eat local. The great thing about eating in season, is that you can actually get excited about the seasons again. You know how grandma’s cherry pie is looked forward to at Easter, well it is because you know you are only going to get it in one time of the year. Not only does food taste better in season and have more nutrients, there will be less toxic gas in the air and they will cost less too. Not to mention, you keep the money in your community.

So these are a few ways to save the world with your dollar, what do you do to save the world with your dollars?


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      AJ 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Hmmmm...thought so! Guess I'm predictable now! :oO

      Looks really nice, though! :o)

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      kaiyan717 4 years ago from West Virginia

      HSchneider, I believe you are right, we hold the power yet we act victimized by the system, strange isn't it? Thanks for reading.

      Aj- that format is for you, lol. Thanks for reading.

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      AJ 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      kaiyan717, these are practical, frugal, useful tips to help save a dollar! I really like the format! Thanks for the tips! Shared!

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      Howard Schneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Great advice for everyone, Kaiyan. We do hold considerable power over corporations but we never accept responsibility for it. Maybe if we all did so, these corporations would listen and act responsibly.