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Family Adopts 'Suburban Smackdown' to Combat Consumerism

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Do you think your family could go six months without buying anything new? There are two families here in Charlotte that have taken on that very challenge.

The women behind health coaching company 'Spunky Avocado' brought their families on board for what they've dubbed the 'Suburban Smackdown'. It started in April with one month of purging. Both families rid their homes of everything they didn't need. Then on May 1, they began their six month challenge to curb their consumer habits. No new toys. No new gadgets. No new clothes.

Niki Hitch and her husband Mike are now at the halfway point of what they both call a positive experience.

Mike says his favorite part was the purge. "That's the part that sold me on it to be honest. Just getting rid of some clutter and eliminating some of the stuff we didn't need was...comforting I guess you could call it," he said.

Five-year-old Mallory said she didn't mind parting with her stuffed animals. She said she likes spending more time playing with her brother and sister.

Three kids are a handful when school's out, but the Hitch family created a jar of 'boredom busters' to help with the lull. It's inspired them to do things like build forts, create movie posters and make art galleries.

Niki says she's enjoying the extra time they get to spend as a family. She says she used to spend a lot of that time in stores shopping for nothing in particular. "We don't really run errands any more because we don't even go in those stores," she said.

The whole family agrees that the added time they get to spend together is the best part of their participation in the 'Suburban Smackdown' challenge.

For more information on 'Suburban Smackdown' check out their website.

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