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January 05, 2010

How Much Stuff Is Enough?

This is the time of year when many of us are just beginning to look at our holiday credit card bills - and some of us are groaning more than others. The Kruger family in New Jersey has changed their habits quite a bit over the last couple of years. They live a typical American life, but they gained a new perspective when Pam Kruger, the mom, decided to try a house swap in France. When the family arrived at their home away from home, they couldn't believe how sparse the French family's house was. The trip to Southern France was the beginning of their family's conversation about American consumerism, and how much stuff is too much … just as those January sales offers come rolling in. Dick Gordon speaks with Pam and her teenage daughter, Emily, about how they are curbing the urge to acquire.

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