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  • A Life Less Throwaway

  • The Lost Art of Buying for Life
  • Written by: Tara Button
  • Narrated by: Tara Button
  • Length: 7 hrs
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Publisher's Summary

A revolutionary guide to the art of mindful buying that will teach you how to resist cheaply made goods and make smart, fulfilling purchases that last a lifetime.

With the whole world trying to convince us to spend our way to happiness, we've been left cluttered, stressed, and unfulfilled. Tara Button, founder of BuyMeOnce, is at the forefront of the global movement to change the way we shop and live forever. Tara advocates a life of mindful buying that celebrates what lasts, giving you exercises that help you curb impulses, ignore trends, and discover your true style. Once a shopaholic herself, her groundbreaking mindful curation method reveals the amazing benefits of buying for life and will help you:   

  • Spot the tricks that make you overspend    
  • De-clutter your home    
  • Find the products that serve you best    
  • Rediscover the art of keeping and caring for things    

Find happiness, success, and self-worth, beyond buying Includes a PDF of Checklists, Appendices, and Suggested Reading

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Tara Button (P)2018 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"I love the idea behind Buy Me Once." (Ashton Kutcher, actor and activist)

"A brilliant idea." (Caitlin Moran, author and journalist)

"...promises a more contented way of living and rages amusingly against planned obsolescence, fast furniture, weaselly advertising and cunning shop design. It also offers tips on curating and caring for your possessions, as well as ad-blocking." (The Sunday Times)

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  • CYB
  • 2019-07-21

I would buy a physical book

I wish the book was narrated by someone else. The author’s voice quality is bad and she reads fast and doesn’t pronounce clearly. I love the message and contents of the book but I couldn’t listen a minute more. I switched to a print.

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  • Dog Eat Dog
  • 2019-02-06

Insightful, thoughtful, enlightening

I learned a lot from Tara Button in this book about just how manipulative marketing and advertising can be, and how insidious they are in our lives.
I love when authors read their own books, so I really enjoyed that about this audiobook, as well. I have long enjoyed the idea of buying things of quality and not having to replace them every few months or couple years, but never really knew where to start or how to know what would last. I love that this book introduces concepts to help you find a timeless clothing and decorating style that suits you as an individual and it got me thinking about how to create classic, timeless looks for the things in my life.
The main criticism I have regarding the audiobook is that it often references downloading a document and there is no downloads with the book, nor can I find the documents on Tara's website. I would really like to be able to do the exercises in the audiobook, but I don't have the worksheets required because I can't find them anywhere.

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  • Tamara
  • 2019-12-16

Life-changing

This book has my head spinning. I was always attracted to minimalism, but never actually engaged it. This approach to the "curation" of your belongings makes SO much more sense to me. It appeals to my environmentalist side, and also to my "be true to yourself" side. I plan to review it again, and start implementing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-10-29

loved it. great and useful tips.

loved it. this book is a great wake up call on how we treat our planet. it also provides excellent tips on how to consume mindfully. currently living in the United States, it's hard to escape the consumerism and the culture. however, knowing what can make a change and teach my family to do better is a step in the right direction.

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  • Kiwani A.
  • 2019-01-08

Do it! Live a better, more fulfilling and simpler life!

I love this book. her voice is a pleasure to hear as she outlines thing we all know deep down but don't want to admit. Stop filling the void in your life with things and start making better decisions financially and environmentally! We can do it! You can do it!