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Have your say: What should we do to rein in our spending?

Is our culture suffering from an epidemic of consumerism? What should we do to make sure we’re shopping sensibly? Let us know here…

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WRITING ON TheJournal.ie this evening, sustainability expert Anne B Ryan argues that our culture is suffering from a waste epidemic.

She argues that because we equate shopping with pleasure, we prefer to buy cheap, disposable items – then simply replace them when a fault develops, rather than repairing. We’d rather be constant consumers than mindful users.

But the result of this is that we may be spending our hard-earned money unwisely when we need it most.

So what do you think should we do to cut out wasteful spending? Or what measures have you taken to make sure you only buy what you need? The discussion starts here – have your say in the comments…

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