Y'all need to run right over to http://www.storyofstuff.com/ and watch this very cool 20-minute video on how all of our "stuff" is effecting us and our world. It's been watched by over 8 million people since December 2007 if that tells you anything.
The woman behind it is Annie Leonard, the author of the book The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities and Our Health -- and a Vision for Change. (Whew......long title for a big subject.) Miss Leonard is definitely a dyed-in-the-wool environmentalist, but she also isn't anti-stuff. She just wishes everybody would acquire MINDFULLY. You know the question: do I really need this? In other words, don't let those Mad Men ad men control your buying: you control it.
One of Annie's main tips for corralling your "work-watch-spend" treadmill (as she calls it) is to watch less TV. I would add to that to stop buying and reading lifestyle magazines. Not that I am able to do that you understand. But it is good advice and maybe I will give it a stab. Sometime. In the future. Maybe.
I better go look at this video again.