Facebook Group Requests

by Katy on May 3, 2024 · 18 comments

I run a Non-Consumer Advocate Facebook group with almost 80,000 members and it’s a never ending challenge to protect it from spammers. One thing I do is to ask potential group members “Please share why you’d like to join a non-consumer group.” Simple, straightforward and shines a light on most spammers as “Hello mf 284643737848” is not an appropriate reply.

Normally I skim the answers, approve (or disapprove) membership and move on, but I decided a couple weeks ago to save answers as they’re fun to read. I find it so interesting how people come to non-consumerism from different mindsets, so thought you’d enjoy reading them as well!

  • I’m cheap!

  • I have prospered by practicing frugality my entire life. Now I am financially secure but still maintain thrift as a matter of principle. I look forward to reading the Non-Consumer blog – every update is fun to read which I’m sure the FB page also

  • Long time blog reader, always looking for like minds.

  • To find a like minded group.

  • I’m trying to place importance on non material things.

  • Recommended by The Frugal Girl blog that I follow. Thank you.

  • I’d like to find ways to cut my consumption.

  • I’ve downsized & continue to do so. Trying to inspire others to do the same.

  • I am looking for ideas and support on how to stop buying unnecessary stuff and use what I already have.

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle!!!

  • I’m all for conserving and saving money.

  • For inspiration.

  • Having trouble recently being around a consumer society and needing support and influences that bring me back to my why of not being a consumerist.

  • I am currently bettering myself and finding out who I truly am without attaching material things to my personality

  • Recently moved to grandparents old farm….lots of misc stuff I don’t want to just trash.

  • Learning.

  • I just want a space where I can share my opinions with some people that will understand where I’m coming from. I’m also in need of some support to stay away from over consuming.

Are you a member of The Non-Consumer Advocate Facebook group?

Katy Wolk-Stanley

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

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Gina May 3, 2024 at 11:42 am

I like reading for new ideas I haven’t thought of to help save money. It’s a game to me every day.
I love this blog! Thanks, Katy for all the work you do! It’s much appreciated!


Katy May 3, 2024 at 11:51 am

Love the game, love the players!


Saver 123 May 3, 2024 at 1:01 pm

I love to read this blog because sometimes i learn something new. I think I am already as cheap as I can be (I take walks and rescue objects too!) but I learn new things, like that there is a place that accepts single gloves from my walks, or about textile recycling… wow. I Love the comments in your blog as well! Keep up the good work everyone!


Katy May 4, 2024 at 8:58 am

I love that! I’m always amazed that there are new frugal tricks around every corner.


texssilver May 4, 2024 at 3:16 pm

Here is another trick. Free medium hot or iced coffee for nurses on May 6 at Dunkin’ Donuts. May 6 is Nurses’ Day. I figured you likely had an old hospital ID lying about.


Katy May 4, 2024 at 4:22 pm

I don’t think we even have Dunkin’ Donuts in Portland.


Kathy May 3, 2024 at 4:30 pm

“Ideas come from everywhere”-Alfred Hitchcock
Always like learning and implemento


Bee May 4, 2024 at 4:21 am

I do belong to your Facebook Group. However, I rarely post there or any place on Facebook including my own page. I have privacy concerns with the interconnectedness of Facebook.


A. Marie May 4, 2024 at 7:46 am

I like your list of applicants’ reasons, Katy–but I can’t and won’t join the NCA Facebook group, because I won’t get onto Facebook. My sober, considered opinion is that Mark Zuckerberg has been as damaging to the fabric of American life as Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk. Hence my gratitude to you and to Kristen at The Frugal Girl for doing such a fine job of maintaining your blogs.


Katy May 4, 2024 at 8:57 am

You’re not wrong.


Fru-gal Lisa May 6, 2024 at 7:37 am

I agree with A. Marie. However, I did join FB a couple of years ago. Big mistake!
Here is my problem (maybe one of you can help me solve it): It appears that a hacker took over my FB account. I haven’t been able to access my own account in the past couple of years. I do not own a cell phone and cannot receive texts on my El Cheapo landline (I get a huge discount bc I bundled the phone service with my internet). I suspect, but cannot prove, that a former friend (used to work for one of the big internet companies) may have taken over my FB account just to spite me; one of my FB friends asked me in person why I was begging for money on my FB account (I wasn’t). Occasionally my email says I got a FB notification from X person, so I know it is still active. I have tried emailing FB and it doesn’t work, and I can’t find a phone number for them, and I can’t get them to help me get into my account bc I don’t have a cell phone. I’d like to stop my imposter from possibly posting things, which no doubt are putting me in a bad light. And I’d like to get back in touch with my good friends (who became FB friends) who live out of town now. Does anyone know of another solution?


Katy May 6, 2024 at 10:42 am

Ask your Facebook “friends” to report your account for fraud. It’ll have to be done repeatedly, but should help.


Lesley May 4, 2024 at 2:35 pm

I’m in A. Marie’s non-FB camp and echo her sentiments … sooooo grateful for this blog. I would pay for this blog! It’s been my favorite blog for at least 15 years. It never leaves me feeling less-than or like I’m not trendy enough or with a sense of FOMO. It just feels like I’m with my people.


Bee May 4, 2024 at 4:51 pm

You are so right, A.Marie. I try to avoid it as much as I can, but so many groups now post things on Facebook. Worst yet, you almost are required to have a FB page for business.


Laura May 4, 2024 at 10:19 am

I like learning new things. Everyone’s experiences help.keep me motivated.
I’m a child of the farm crisis, a steward of the land, and natural tight wad. Non consumerism is the thread that ties it all together. Found this via Fake Plastic Fish, been lurking a long time (:
Work two jobs and have a family. Live in a modest, paid for home, in the middle of a not paid for farm. (My goal is to have the farm paid for by my next Major birthday). Don’t care for Fb. Did I mention, yall keep me motivated (;


Fru-gal Lisa May 6, 2024 at 7:39 am

Laura, Congrats on your paid-for home! Major accomplishment!


Christine May 5, 2024 at 8:57 am

When I found this blog, I was as excited as I was the first time I heard about The Tightwad Gazette. Frugality has always been in style in the family I grew up in and reading the Non-Consumer Advocate made me feel like I had found my people.
There have been times in my life when I have been on an extremely tight budget just to pay the bills and times when I practice frugality to be able to save and help Future Self. Thanks to this blog and the ideas I glean from it, it’s helped me to stay on track. It’s nice to have like-minded people to continue with on this journey. And as Katy says, there are always new things to learn.


Katy May 5, 2024 at 9:22 am

Thank you so much for your kind words!


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