So, you’re excited about the Occupy Wall Street movement and you want to get involved. However, you want to make sure that you’re making tangible, actual differences that can change society. You’re struggling though, what actions can you take to really help change the culture that we’re living in? Here are ten tips from Postconsumers on actions you can take today to bring the Occupy Wall Street movement to the next level.
1. Learn to Budget: Every time you make unnecessary purchases, you feed money into the corporations which feed money into the politicians and you add to the disparity of wealth. Concerned with how to budget? We’ve got great tips.
2. Buy Locally: If you really want to Occupy Wall Street, support your local mom-and-pop store when you need to buy. Not only that, the Occupy Consumerism movement is one of the first steps to taking back control.
3. Learn to be Satisfied with Your Idea of Enough: One of the greatest contributors to the disparity of wealth in the nation is the way in which the media has convinced people that we can’t be happy unless we consume, consume, consume. Start our 30-minute web course to learn how to find the satisfaction of enough for today and let go of consumerism. You’ll get a personalized evaluation at the end.
4. Don’t Buy into the Holiday Rush: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Two Months of Shopping. Download our free PDF on how to find satisfaction without feeding the consumer machine during the holiday season. Turn Black Friday into a Buy Nothing Day celebration!
5. Be Aware of the Media Around You: Every day, you can stay constantly diligent about the media and marketing messages that surround you. Here are some ways that you can learn to be more media aware.
6. Tell Others: You don’t need to be pushy, but you do want to make sure you’re sharing what you learn with others. Every person who becomes educated is another person making better decisions.
7. Make Small Changes: Don’t try to change everything about your lifestyle all at once, but do start to make more responsible environmental choices and political choices. At the end of the day, we can’t protest unless we contribute.
8. Find Your Local Occupy Presence: Even if you’re not the type of person who wants to occupy a city street for days, support your local occupation and get inspired. The sense that we are all in this together is what will drive change forward.
9. Get Out of the Upgrade Habit: Just because there is a newer, shinier version of something, it doesn’t mean that you have to have it even though we’ve been media conditioned to think that we always need upgrades. Breaking the cycle of rushing out for the latest upgrade is one of the best ways to Occupy Consumerism.
10. Join the Postconsumer Movement: With daily tips, insightful articles and more, Postconsumers can help you with the day-to-day activity of moving beyond (or occupying) consumerism. Like Postconsumers on Facebook, follow on Twitter or join our email list.