Consumer culture is incredibly prevalent in the U.S., so much so that we often assume automatically that more is better. We are encouraged to spend our time, energy, and financial resources on accumulating more and more material possessions, while also continuously being dissatisfied so that we keep buying and consuming
Category: No Shopping
In August, my husband Will and I went on a cruise with my parents. These family trips used to be a tradition (happening about every other year), but because of personal schedules and the pandemic, we hadn’t been on a trip together in five years. On our last trip five
Imagine: you’re in the checkout line, and you see something small and inexpensive on display. Without thinking, you grab it and buy it. It’s cheap, it’s quick, and it’s easy to grab and add to your purchases. If it’s a consumable, you pop it in your mouth right after you
Note: This is a guest post written by The Rev. Samantha Drennan, a part-time associate to the Bishop in Northeastern PA Synod (ELCA), full-time parish pastor, and cat mom. Becca (The Christian Minimalist) asked me to write this guest post after I sent her the above picture of guest towels.
Wow! As of today, I am halfway through my 100 Day Dress Challenge! For 50 days in a row, for at least 8 hours a day, I have worn one dress. Though I will definitely write a blog post when I finish the 100 days, I thought it would be
Since starting my 100 Day Dress Challenge last month, in which I wear the same dress every day for at least 8 hours a day, I’ve gotten some great questions here on the blog and on the Christian Minimalism social media channels. All of the questions I received are some
In 2018, I participated in a year of no shopping. It was an eye-opening experience, and it taught me a lot about consumption, the use of our God-given resources, and needs vs. wants. After that year, I did a less official follow-up year of no shopping, with the same rules,
When I was a kid, we watched a lot of Christmas specials geared for children. And I mean A LOT. The month of December was always marked by eating a piece of chocolate every day from our Advent calendar and watching a ridiculous amount of specialty Christmas shows. When you
Hi! My name is Becca, and I’m an online shopping addict. It began when I got sick back in 2015 after the death of our son, and no one could figure out what was wrong with me for years. I sat on the couch feeling horrible (physically, emotionally, and spiritually).
I once lived in a geographic area in which there was always one “cool” or trendy church. It was the church that everyone and their mother– literally– went to for worship. No matter where you were in town, you heard about what was going on at this church. The interesting