Monday, June 11, 2012

A year without buying something new

So Jed sent me a link about this girl who went a whole year without buying anything new, besides basic needs, and replacements of things she was actually using. I think her point was she hated consumerism, but it was inspiring. At first, I thought oh yeah, I want to do this! Imagine the money we'll save... So I can then go out and buy all the stuff I want. It seems a little contradictory though. I wish I could be better with my money but I started thinking about it and I would have a hard time defining what was basic needs, and I'm afraid that Jed and I would disagree on what is a "necessity". In my opinion necessities include an expensive hair cut, facial/makeup products, and what about clothes? Does this mean I could buy clothes at thrift stores like DI? Otherwise, I think I'd be naked at the end of the year... Just kidding I'm not that hard on clothes. Jed and I jokingly said we were going to do this, but then I doubted my ability to do fact it gives me stress just thinking about it. I think I will settle for a tighter budget.  

I don't know,  could you go a year with out buying anything new?


  1. hmmm.. that article was interesting. Some of her "needs" I thought would be "wants" for me, so it is all relative, I guess :) I don't think I could go a year without buying some of my "wants" but I defintely have cut back A LOT since I've been married. I have to regulate myself more and a lot of the things I buy are for my kids now instead of myself. But it's true, we all have closets full of crap we don't need :) Budgeting and moderation is the way to go!

  2. I really only buy new clothes after I have gone through my closet and gotten rid of old stuff. And then my husband takes me shopping and helps me pick out new stuff. I hate clothes shopping!! So I could do this. I think that my big ticket item is usually spending money on trips or doing fun things with people. I would definitely not be able to make it a year without expenses like that, but I might be able to cut down on them and stick to a certain budget.