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What I’ve Been Reading – 7/24/2015

The Year I Embraced Minimalism and Completed a Yearlong Shopping Ban

I also added takeout coffee to the list of things I was not allowed to purchase. I’ve been drinking coffee for 15 years and, by the time I started the ban, I was buying $5 lattes at least 4-5 days/week ($80-100/month). That’s not a lot of money, in the grand scheme of things, but it was still money I could’ve done better things with than drink and piss away (literally). At Catherine’s suggestion, I started a “Shopping Ban” account, so I could save all the money I wasn’t spending on coffee as well as the money I got from any items I sold during my declutter. I started by putting $100/month into the account and assumed I’d have $1,200-$1,500 at the end.

The Myth of the Ethical Shopper: turns out, it’s harder to buy ethically than we thought.

The Foreign Service and the Single Parent: Fascinating perspective, written by a friend and colleague, on a life that’s hard enough on families with two parents, let alone when there’s no one to pick up the slack when the officer has a late night at the office.

NY Times profile of a container ship, specifically, how easily international vessels escape law enforcement efforts.

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