Living in the world we do, it's difficult not to be a consumer. I know that personally, I was raised under the assumption that things were disposible, and throwing money at things can make it better/go away, etc.
I do my best now to be a thoughtful and conscious consumer. I recycle, shop at thriftstores, grow veegies, and repair instead of replace.
I found this neat website that can help bring the price of enviromentally and animal friendly products down to earth.
Check out Caring Consumer, from PETA. There is endless info on compassionate products, and COUPONS!
I love me some coupons.