Putting My Values to the Test - 99 Cent Store

imagesI decided to do an experiment. Since this Buy Union! challenge has started, it hasn’t always been easy, but I’ve been finding ways to save money. A lot of it has been buying what union-products I can find on sale and by using coupons. In fact, I got so excited during my research about finding so many coupons for union-made goods and being able to save all that money, I decided it would be a good idea to make it a regular feature on our www.LALabor411.org web site.

Putting My Values to the Test – GO Clippers?!?!?

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Okay. I’ll admit it. My husband and I like the Clippers. You could almost call us fan. We buy tickets to at least one game every year.

I’m not a contrarian. I don’t root for the Clippers just because the Lakers are so dominant. I like the Lakers. I just can’t afford to go to their games.

Putting My Values to the Test – Teenage Communication Gap

Angry_MotherSo, after our day at Disneyland we all piled back into my union-made Ford Escape for the long drive home. Everyone had a great time, but it was late and we had all experienced a lot of walking, gawking, eating and rides so we were worn out. As we pulled out of the parking lot I baited the group, “Another successful Buy Union! Challenge day! WOOHOOO!!!”

Putting My Values to the Test-Shopping at Costco

CostcoAs you may have read from one of my recent blogs, I kind of slipped off the wagon a bit with my misadventure at Macy’s. But after all, it’s the holiday season and I’ve got to buy presents.

I’ll come clean here.

Some of the more challenging aspects of this Buy Union experiment hasn’t really been the changing of habits (that was what I thought would be most difficult), it’s been having less options and paying more. Luckily, I’m not totally addicted to material things, but I like being frugal when I can.

Putting My Values to the Test – Union Headache

I love what I do because I believe in it and I believe in the movement, but I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t wear me out sometimes.

Yesterday was one of those days. After a late night, I had to be up at 5:30 am to get ready to brave traffic for an early meeting in downtown L.A. Then it was back to the office in Canoga Park (again through traffic, I love L.A!) where I was barraged by more meetings, phone calls, press releases, deadlines for newspapers, enewsletters and L.A. Labor 411’s ever-approaching publication date.

Putting My Values to the Test – Here Come the In-Laws!

Sportsmens_Lodge_StreetSo, my in-laws are coming into town for Thanksgiving and between two dogs, two cats, two kids, a husband, and my big personality, it can get a little busy at my home when family comes to stay. Truth is that I get a bit stressed by the holidays. I love them, don’t get me wrong, but with everything else going on sometimes the tryptophan in the turkey is not enough to completely mellow me out. So, I thought we’d make things a bit less complicated this year and put my in-laws (as wonderful as they are!) up in a hotel for their stay.

Putting My Values to the Test – Shopping For Thanksgiving Dinner

Turkey_DinnerWith my Buy Union! Challenge I was afraid that Thanksgiving would be a nightmare, but I may have been over-thinking things. Actually, as I began to investigate my options, I was surprised to find that so many of the brands we grew up on that have helped define the most important meals of the year for many of us are union-made.  So when one of our family’s dear friends invited us over for Thanksgiving, I said yes, but with two conditions.

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