Kebeni did. She's about to start again.
Angela did. She is still doing it.
Could it be the perfect way to marry my desire to spend less and save more with my wish to live more simply?
Could it be the motivation I need to
The rules are pretty simple (directly from Compact the group that seems to be the originator of the idea):
1. Don't buy new products of any kind (from stores, web sites, etc.)
2. Borrow or buy used.
There are a few exceptions (thankfully because it is sounding pretty hard so far!)- using the "fair and reasonable person" standard -- i.e., you'll know in your heart when you're rationalizing a violation:
- Food, drink, and necessary medicine (no elective treatments such as Viagra or Botox)
- Necessary cleaning products, but not equipment (don't go out and buy the Dyson Animal, for example).
- Socks and underwear (utilitarian--non-couture or ornamental) - My big undies shouldn't be an issue then?
- Pajamas for the children
- Utilitarian services (plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, veterinarians, dog/house-sitters, fire/paramedics, dry cleaners, house cleaners, etc.) but you should support local and encourage used parts (rebuilt transmission, salvaged headlight unit, etc.)
- Recreational services (massage, etc.) & local artisanal items - Good sources for gifts, but should not be over-indulged in for personal gratification (what a shame! I reckon you would need a few massages after a year of this.)
- Charitable contributions - a great source for gifts
- Plants and cut flowers - Whenever possible, cultivate from free cuttings or seeds. But if you have to, purchase from local businesses (i.e., not Bunnings)--and again, within reason
- Art supplies - First line of attack: SCRAP. When absolutely necessary (for the professionals and talented amateurs in the group), from local businesses (shouldn't be an issue in this craft-less household!)
- Magazines, newspapers, Netflix - renewals only, no new subscriptions. Even better to consume online.
- DVD rentals and downloadable music files (non-material) -- freely shared and legal, please
Maybe a year of no new-spending is the way to go?
Do you think you could tread the path to non-consumerism?
PS: Thinking of you Lori, over at the purple house. xx
PPS: Playing along with FYBF, gratiously hosted by Kirsten this week x