98 More Reasons to be a Non-Consumer!

by Katy on July 9, 2024 · 11 comments

In addition to this blog, I also run a companion Non-Consumer Advocate Facebook group, which is currently hovering around 79,000 members. New prospective members have to answer a simple question, which helps to weed out the ever present spammers. The answers are always interesting, so I’ve started saving them to share in blog posts. 


  1. I was told of your existence and I am interested.

  2. I’d like to expand my practices of reusing and reduce my reliance on buying goods.

  3. I’d like to learn how to cut down on waste and what I buy.

  4. To be part of a like-minded community.

  5. I want to concentrate on decreasing my own consumerism.

  6. I would like to hear ideas on ways to reduce consumerism.

  7. I started following the blog, and love the vibe and content. I am pursuing financial independence and would love guidance for extracting my family from the capitalist consumerist morass that is middle class USA.

  8. The oldest of my four children starts college in August. I’ve got to ramp up the frugality because the current economic landscape has made our savings efforts feel like a drop of water in an ocean.

  9. I have read the blog for many years and since I am on Facebook occasionally I’d love to see what else Katy and her community have to say. I try to be mindful of consumption and the blog is inspirational for that.

  10. I started following the blog, and love the vibe and content. I am pursuing financial independence and would love guidance for extracting my family from the capitalist consumerist morass that is middle class USA.

  11. The oldest of my four children starts college in August. I’ve got to ramp up the frugality because the current economic landscape has made our savings efforts feel like a drop of water in an ocean.

  12. I’ve been reading your blog for many years. I’m a Portland person too. Can’t wait to learn more.

  13. I regularly follow the Non-Consumer Advocate blog and would enjoy reading comments from her Facebook followers.

  14. Frugality tips.

  15. Looking for ideas to stop bringing STUFF into my house, decluttering, and sourcing used things.

  16. I started on the frugal journey with the Tightwad Gazette and found that I just love not spending money foolishly. It was a game changer.

  17. Love the blog & comments.

  18. Long time lover of Katy’s blog.

  19. Been following the blog for some time. You mentioned the Facebook group in your post, which I’ve missed up until now.

  20. Just saw this, have followed the blog for years. Always up for learning new, frugal, ways.

  21. I love your blog which gives me constant inspiration. I’m looking to retire so am looking to save money by living more frugally.

  22. Love Katys blog. she is so creative!!

  23. Read your book and loved it. Always looking for ideas on how to purchase less and do more with what I have. (Cool . . . what book?)

  24. Striving to be frugal.

  25. More NCA Katy and commentariat? Yes please!

  26. I’ve always lived below my means and abhor debt. I have articles of clothing that are older than my children (who are in their 30s).

  27. Always up for encouragement and sharing of ways to repurpose, reuse, and recycle! Have followed blog for years, not much on commenting but checking blog is part of my routine!

  28. I follow your blog and would like to follow here, too, please.

  29. I enjoy your blog and look forward to learning more!

  30. Sharing inspiration with other non consumers!!

  31. I am already a non consumer and enjoy reading tips from others.

  32. I love your blog.

  33. I read your blog; didn’t realize you had a Facebook page too. (Though I’m trying to consume significantly less Facebook!)

  34. Interested in learning from others in this community!

  35. I love your blog and would love to hear more about saving money and the planet!

  36. I’ve been reading the blog for years and find it inspiring.

  37. Because I’m from the Midwest, where people are born to be frugal.

  38. I was in this group with my last account (Had to delete for personal reasons) and loved it. Had so much fun with all the stuff I learned and now have a small garden and wash my clothes by hand. I still have a lot to learn as I’m only a beginner in repairing my clothes and could use more thrifting and sewing help

  39. Inspiration.

  40. Because I love your blog and I also enjoy being a non consumer.

  41. For most of my life I’ve been a recycle/reuse advocate, but I want to reduce my carbon footprint further. Mixed in with my goal to be debt free by next year, and I’m eager to learn what I can to achieve that too.

  42. To consider my purchasing habits more frequently.

    I follow the blog and read about this group. Just want to check it out and get more frugal goodness.

  43. I like the blog and the reminder to quit buying sh!t.

  44. I try to lead a life of low consumption with a large family and am always happy to find a supportive community.

  45. It’s fun to hang with like-minded frugal folks.

  46. I have been reading the blog for over 10 years.

  47. I want to see something that’s not involving consumerism.

  48. My income is just social security. I need to stay out of the stores.

  49. I enjoy the blog. Your content helps keep me motivated to stay out of the stores.

  50. I read your blog and like trying to be more frugal and less wasteful.

  51. Money saving ideas, save the planet from crap.

  52. I search for ways to before frugal.

  53. To live more frugally than I already do as I am planning on retiring in the very near future.

  54. I read your interview on Kristen’s blog and was an Amy D’s TG original reader. A little about me…I’m a crazy, tight-but-generous multi- millionaire due to tightwaddery, and l live that way no matter how much money l have. I am a 30-year science teacher who almost never bought a lunch in a cafeteria at school (maybe a couple of times) who knows l missed out on nothing. I am a big fan of FB Marketplace! I consider being called a “tightwad” a compliment and give the “impression” from the outside that l made a lot of money. l retired early but still teach PT online for fun as an adjunct biology and chemistry teacher in high school and college. Hahaha, nope, never made much money compared to others… just worked for cheap and saved what l could along the way. My most recent frugal find…. two $1500 chairs each (still made) for $110 each that are absolutely stunning! My most recent splurge of yesterday is a $100+K Cybertruck for the husband. He is frugal too and l encouraged him to get it early and enjoy it. He has been waiting on Elon to get these out for 4 years. Go for it! His 500,000 mile work truck will be 25 years old in January and nothing is wrong with it. Cannot wait to learn some new info as we wait on the Cybertruck and the new Power Wall to join the old fleet… even though nothing is wrong with our current autos; they are mostly old and we keep them to loan to friends in need! Looking forward to your posts! JE

  55. I just retired and I need to really focus on not spending money.

  56. I’m always looking to up my frugal game.

  57. I’m always interested in intentional living.

  58. I follow the frugal girl, and have enjoyed your instagram!

  59. Friends of the frugal girl! 😉

  60. Interested in saving money and being good about the earth.

  61. I enjoy saving and being frugal as can be.

  62. I like learning about how to save money!

  63. I follow the Frugal Girl and tried to subscribe to your blog. It went into HTML and I wasn’t able to subscribe. So… Facebook it is!

  64. I am always looking for frugal living ideas.

  65. I am a long time reader of nonconsumer advocate, but not super active on FB. Decided more recently to try to be more active as there is a wealth of information available.

  66. To get inspiration to spend less.

  67. Based on your post from Kristen’s frugal girl.

  68. I just learned about you from Kristen’s blog. I love frugal wins.

  69. To save money.

  70. Read your reader post on frugal girl.

  71. I’m always looking for ways to use our money wisely.

  72. I want to be more frugal. I want to be encouraged and learn new ideas about frugality.

  73.  was just introduced to NonCA by the Frugal Girl, and am interested in learning more about her approach to frugality.

  74. I like Kristen’s blog.

  75. I found your website through The Frugal Girl website. I’m interested in a non-consumer lifestyle and would like to join to get ideas and find like-minded people who also are okay with not buying everything new.

  76. Looking to live a more frugal lifestyle.

  77. I’ve always been a frugal person and like others’ ideas.

  78. Because so am a frugal tightwad.

  79. To learn more about saving money and decreasing my environmental impact. I read the frugal girl and enjoyed your meet the reader post.

  80. Found you through The Frugal Girl blog. 🙂

  81. I try hard to be as non consumer as I can. Found you through Kristen.

  82. Love your blog.

  83. I try hard to be as non consumer as I can. Found you through Kristen.

  84. Just met you on The Frugal Girl’s blog and yours sounds appropriate for me!

  85. To hear and learn from like-minded people.

  86. Needs over wants advice.

  87. I am looking for ideas and support around dumping my high consumption lifestyle.

  88. I’ve read the non-consumer blog for years and have incorporated many of the ideas into my day-to-day life. Thanks for doing this!

  89. Newly retired and interested in frugal strategies.

  90. Looking for ways to be ‘cheap AF’ lol 😉

  91. Seeking more information.

  92. I found your blog through Frugal Girl’s website. I’m always looking for new ways to save money.

  93. Because I love saving money and our environment.

  94. I am trying to live a more eco conscious life.

  95. I am working on enhancing my frugal living skills.

  96. I’m always looking for new ways to reduce and repurpose items In my home, especially when it comes to food.

  97. I’m fascinated by it! Would love to learn more.

  98. For ideas and encouragement of this idea since I retired from nursing.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica Wolk-Stanley July 9, 2024 at 5:04 am

Fun and fascinating!


Leila July 9, 2024 at 8:34 am

Love this post. Also, thanks to you Katy I just got a check for $9,000 from unclaimed money. So easy and we would never have discovered it.


Katy July 9, 2024 at 10:05 am

I just startled my husband by loudly exclaiming “YAY” from reading your comment! YAY!!!


Tony Wolk July 9, 2024 at 8:55 am

For more than 50 years while teaching English at PSU I cycled to school with my 3-speed bicycle. I figured out (since I’m a math whizz) how many miles I’vechalked up, given that school is 7 miles distant, crossing the Milamette River into downtown Portland. By the time I got to school I had the number: equal to twice around the world at the equator! Surprised myself!

Now that I was forced into retirement 2 years Aho (I’m 89) I still ride my bike on all my errands, and also am playing tennis at least 2/week. Add to that the series of excersizes that takeover morning (even while of an airplane, which is rare).
about a quarter of an hour ever since the year 2000.

Being Katy’s dad is so satisfying.


Katy July 9, 2024 at 10:04 am

Hi dad.


A. Marie July 9, 2024 at 12:49 pm

Hi, Tony! And now we know (as if Katy hadn’t already told us as much, many times in the past) that being awesome is hereditary!


Christine July 9, 2024 at 1:34 pm

Nice to meet you Tony! Your daughter Katy is a whizz too but you probably already know that.


Bee July 10, 2024 at 3:23 am

It’s nice to meet you. I see the apple does not fall far from the tree. It’s great to see your comments!


Kristen July 9, 2024 at 9:15 am

Hehe I see a theme here!


Katy July 9, 2024 at 10:06 am

Is that theme you by any chance? 😉


Ruby July 9, 2024 at 11:14 am

Katy, your dad is awesome! And it looks like your Meet the Reader spot over at The Frugal Girl was very popular.


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