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08/29/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A Year Without Spending: One Woman's Pledge

How many times do you walk out of a store with items you weren't planning on buying? The consumer maxim that new is always better has turned much of the American populous into mindless shopping robots, constantly purchasing new items to replace things we already have, even though we don't really need them. Runaway consumption is a major environmental problem, which is why one San Francisco-based group has decided to exit the endless cycle of "buy, buy, buy".

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