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EP24: How To Be a Minimalist In Your Community (Without Being a Jerk)

A special episode where we join with these awesome podcasts in talking about community:

Diane and I have often had concerns as we live our lives that we’ll offend others with our minimal ways. This takes many forms: saying no to joining the PTA because we have too much else on our plate, donating items people gave us or getting rid of kid toys with wild abandon. We hope to get you thinking about how you can be minimal (without being a jerk)!

We talk about:

  • Volunteering
  • Just saying “no” to freebies
  • Gift giving and receiving
  • Kid fundraisers
  • Kid birthday parties
  • Holidays and special events with family

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  1. Hadas Hadas

    For birthdays, my friend introduced me to a “toonie party” (a toonie is a $2 dollar coin in Canada). You ask your guests to bring 2 toonies – one for the kid, and one for the kid to donate!
    I did it for both my kids last year, and it was great!
    Some people brought gifts, and some brought more than a toonie, but at the end, we went to the toy store and the kids got what they wanted. The best experience was my son’s birthday (turned 6). We had over 30 kids, and he got maybe 7 gifts. He bought a big item with his money and donate the other half to “kids who have no toys” his words and his idea! So great benefit of less toys in our place, and a great benefit in supporting our community!

    • Megan Ericson Megan Ericson

      This is a fantastic idea! Thanks so much for listening and taking the time to send us this great nugget 😊

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