After reading a New York Times article ‘My Year of No Shopping‘ I’ve been inspired to attempt my own ‘Year of No Shopping’. The main aim of this is, of course, to cut down on costs, but it is also to cut down on waste, cut down the amount of stuff I have and increase what I give to charity.
This is my plan:
Things I am not allowed at buy
• Books (unless for my MA)
• Take away food
Things I can only buy when what I have runs out
• Shampoo, shower gel, etc.
• Cleaning products
• Wine, spirits, etc.
Things I can spend money on
• MA resources (essential only)
• Eating out – once a week &/or special occasions
This means that any presents I want to give people this year will either be something I bought before 1st January, something I will make or a promise for time together doing something particular. I would be really grateful if my friends and family support me in this endeavour and do the same for me when it comes to my birthday or Christmas.
I’m also going to have a proper sort out of my clothes, shoes and stuff in general when I get home, and donate anything I haven’t used or worn for over a year to charity. In the grounds of my apartment complex is a container for donating clothes, shoes, bags and bedding, so I can put most things I don’t need in there. If there’s anything else, I will find a way to donate it!
So what do you think? Can I do it? Want to join me? Let me know in the comments!