50 Ways to Starve the Beast «

Grow your own food (this starves Big Agri and Big Pharma both)
Shop at local businesses with no corporate ties
Use natural remedies instead of pharmaceuticals whenever possible
Homeschool your children
Walk or bike instead of driving when possible
Get care from naturopaths and healers instead of doctors
Make paper logs from scraps for free heat if you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove
Boycott all processed foods
Shop at local farmer’s markets
Boycott corporate stores: Wal-Mart, Costco, Best Buy, Home Depot
Give vouchers as gifts for an evening of babysitting, a homemade meal, walking the dog, doing a repair, or cleaning
Join a CSA or farm co-op
Ditch television (and all the propaganda and commercials)
Participate in the barter system – if no money changes hands, no tax can be added
Buy secondhand from yard sales, Craigslist and thrift stores
Sell your unwanted goods by having a yard sale or putting an ad on Craigslist
Repair things instead of replacing them
Avoid fast food restaurants and chain restaurants
Dine at locally owned establishments if you eat out
Brew your own beer and wine
Read a book, purchased second-hand or borrowed
Grow or gather  medicinal herbs
Give homemade gifts
Attend free local activities: lectures, concerts, play days at the park, library events
Dumpster dive
Play outside: hike, bike, picnic
Mend clothing
Invite someone over for dinner instead of meeting at a restaurant
Throw creative birthday parties at home for your kids instead of renting a venue
Camp instead of staying at a hotel
Bring your coffee with you in a travel mug
Do all of your Christmas shopping with small local businesses and artisans
Reduce your electricity usage with candles, solar power and non-tech entertainment
Drop the thermostat and put on a sweater
Bring your snacks and drinks in a cooler when you go on a road trip
Stay home – it’s way easier to avoid temptation that way
Pack lunches for work and school
Make delicious homemade treats as a hostess gift
Close your bank account or at the very least, strictly limit your balance
Visit u-pick berry patches and orchards, then preserve your harvest for the winter
Use precious metals stored at home as your savings account
Raise backyard chickens for your own eggs
If you are a smoker, roll your own cigarettes – if possible go one step further and grow tobacco
Live in a smaller, more efficient home
Use solar power for lighting or cooking
Collect rainwater for use in the garden
Learn to forage
Buy heavy, solid, handmade furniture instead of the flimsy imported stuff
At the holidays, focus on activities and traditions instead of gifts.  Go for a walk or drive through the neighborhood to look at lights, get into your PJs and watch a special movie together on Christmas Eve and make certain treats that can always be expected
Make your own bath and body products using pure ingredients like coconut oil, essential oils, and herbal extracts

  50 Ways to Starve the Beast «

  • Grow your own food (this starves Big Agri and Big Pharma both)
  • Shop at local businesses with no corporate ties
  • Use natural remedies instead of pharmaceuticals whenever possible
  • Homeschool your children
  • Walk or bike instead of driving when possible
  • Get care from naturopaths and healers instead of doctors
  • Make paper logs from scraps for free heat if you have a wood-burning fireplace or stove
  • Boycott all processed foods
  • Shop at local farmer’s markets
  • Boycott corporate stores: Wal-Mart, Costco, Best Buy, Home Depot
  • Give vouchers as gifts for an evening of babysitting, a homemade meal, walking the dog, doing a repair, or cleaning
  • Join a CSA or farm co-op
  • Ditch television (and all the propaganda and commercials)
  • Participate in the barter system – if no money changes hands, no tax can be added
  • Buy secondhand from yard sales, Craigslist and thrift stores
  • Sell your unwanted goods by having a yard sale or putting an ad on Craigslist
  • Repair things instead of replacing them
  • Avoid fast food restaurants and chain restaurants
  • Dine at locally owned establishments if you eat out
  • Brew your own beer and wine
  • Read a book, purchased second-hand or borrowed
  • Grow or gather  medicinal herbs
  • Give homemade gifts
  • Attend free local activities: lectures, concerts, play days at the park, library events
  • Dumpster dive
  • Play outside: hike, bike, picnic
  • Mend clothing
  • Invite someone over for dinner instead of meeting at a restaurant
  • Throw creative birthday parties at home for your kids instead of renting a venue
  • Camp instead of staying at a hotel
  • Bring your coffee with you in a travel mug
  • Do all of your Christmas shopping with small local businesses and artisans
  • Reduce your electricity usage with candles, solar power and non-tech entertainment
  • Drop the thermostat and put on a sweater
  • Bring your snacks and drinks in a cooler when you go on a road trip
  • Stay home – it’s way easier to avoid temptation that way
  • Pack lunches for work and school
  • Make delicious homemade treats as a hostess gift
  • Close your bank account or at the very least, strictly limit your balance
  • Visit u-pick berry patches and orchards, then preserve your harvest for the winter
  • Use precious metals stored at home as your savings account
  • Raise backyard chickens for your own eggs
  • If you are a smoker, roll your own cigarettes – if possible go one step further and grow tobacco
  • Live in a smaller, more efficient home
  • Use solar power for lighting or cooking
  • Collect rainwater for use in the garden
  • Learn to forage
  • Buy heavy, solid, handmade furniture instead of the flimsy imported stuff
  • At the holidays, focus on activities and traditions instead of gifts.  Go for a walk or drive through the neighborhood to look at lights, get into your PJs and watch a special movie together on Christmas Eve and make certain treats that can always be expected
  • Make your own bath and body products using pure ingredients like coconut oil, essential oils, and herbal extracts