Every time we buy a product or pay for a service, we are making economic decisions that affect us and our environment; this implies that we must be responsible, and do it consciously. So the question is: when you spend your money, do you really know what you spend it on and the implications that your consumption choices bring?
Being a mindful shopper is something that not all of us consider when spending our money, even though it brings you many benefits and collaborates with our environment. If you want to take the step and save a little, but you ask yourself, ‘where do I start?’, follow these small and practical suggestions:
Keep track of what you spend
It is advisable to keep a record of your incoming and outgoing money. Not only will it help you to manage it better, but you will also be able to know what you are spending it on and if you need to adjust your consumption habits in any way.
When you buy a product, whether it is clothing, food, or furniture, compare prices in several stores before making your final decision. You may save only a little, but if you do this with other items you buy, the total savings will be much higher.
Look for local products
Buying local helps many workers keep their jobs and brings more employment opportunities in factories and companies. Also, this contributes to strengthening the economy of our country by encouraging national production and decreasing imports.
As consumers, it is important to know the products we choose and why we choose them. Whenever we spend our money, we contribute to other things that sometimes we are not aware of, and we must investigate to make the best decision. Let’s support those manufacturers that maintain ethical working conditions for their employees and products that contribute to environmental welfare.
Although it may not seem the most convenient way to pay nowadays, sometimes when we see the money in our hands, we become more aware of the amount we are spending, and let’s be honest, it is not the same paying with a card as giving away your cash in someone else’s hand (it’s sometimes a little bit painful to watch).