I think one of the best things a person can do to reduce unnecessary consumption is to trade goods and services with neighbors instead of buying something new.
One of the things I appreciate about this trade and exchange is that it forges connections with my neighbors. I'd rather my labor and goods go to people in my community, and it makes me so happy to see someone get something they need, much happier than clicking some buttons and ordering from an anonymous giant online.
What are some of your favorite ways to do this? I know buy nothing groups are a hit. What are some of the things you offer and help you've found in exchange?