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Frugal Dougal

In just over a day or so, 2006 is finished and another year kicks off. It's time to think on what I want to get out of 2007. Yes, call those thoughts resolutions if you like.

If I'm honest about it, the resolutions that I've set myself for the last few years I've achieved, but I've made them because they were relatively easy. This year, I want to do something a little more challenging. Over the last few years, I've boycotted several businesses (McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Shell, Esso and Nestle) and I intend to add ASDA to the list, due to it's recent poor record on Workers rights since being purchased by Wal-Mart. No doubt there will be other businesses, but this is one that definitely springs to mind.

My other challenge is to save money. Whilst that would be quite easy, I want to do so in an ethically sound manner. I've set myself a target of £1500, which is about 125ukp per month - a reasonable sum of money.

To validate my changes in buying patterns as being sound ones, I've purchased a copy of The Good Shopping Guide, which uses a scoring system for the most popular brands in each business sector. It also gives details of where there are problems if a company's ethical record does not come up to scratch. Of course, apart from changing buying behaviour, there's bound to be times where I just spend less too. Happy

Updates on my progress, in a church-roof-ometer style will be published at the end of each month, so you can see whether I make my target - as well as keep a clear conscience.
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