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Dec 11: for [personal profile] brownbetty: Can you talk about a purchase you made and feel good about?

I’ve started trying very carefully to only make purchases I can feel at least OK about. This has a bunch of knock-on effects — for example, it means that I buy fewer shoes, but they’re more expensive and made in places with good labor laws. (I saw a cost analysis once of making shoes in the EU, the upshot of which is that you should expect shoes made in places with good labor laws to cost you over $130 USD. That was a while ago & of course I’m not sure how accurate it was, but that kind of stuck with me.)

That said, the best purchase I made recently wasn’t of a physical thing; it was an enrollment in a set of classes to get my Permaculture Design certification. I learned so much, and met so many wonderful people, and it was worth the money and even worth the missing time with my kids to do it. It wasn’t cheap, and I stressed out about the cost a lot, but I’m so happy I did it.
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