Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Our No-Shopping Experiement -- Part 1

Have you heard of Judith Levine? She wrote the book Not Buying It. She went a whole year without buying anything that wasn't a necessity i.e. food, gas for her car, etc. I had heard of it, but not much about it. But I am thinking of doing this for a month. So, I looked her up.

There were a great many criticisms of the book and her experiment. One was her categorization of needs. For example, she deems her $55 haircut a necessity. She also, with her partner, have 3 houses and 3 cars. Of course heating and gas are necessities, even for 3 houses. Another was her rather-off topic rantings (politics).

Anyway, I'm not reading the book, I'm just thinking about not shopping for a month. I'd eat, but not fancy foods. I'd keep my house running as it is. I wouldn't cancel my high-speed Internet (like she did). But I'd not buy all those great deals on whatevers (house stuff, crafty stuff, etc).

What do you think? Would you give it a try? Why or why not?


Weatherspoon Family said...

When Mike was in school our first nine years of marriage, that is pretty much what we did. Now being out it is nice to splurge a little, but I think about how much more money we'd be saving if we continued to live like poor college students for the next five years. Makes me wonder why I got out of such a good habit.

Paige said...

I think it all comes down to what is really a need? Are thinking cutting back on shopping or just spending in general.

Andrea said...

Hello Brooke!
It's your old neighbor from Paris. I was doing some blog-hopping & found your great site.
As far as an answer to your question, "been there, done that, don't want to do it again." :)
No, I have become a super-frugal-self-sufficient person. I think it's much easier living in the boonies. I go shopping once a week, sometimes twice. When we lived in Phoenix, all we did was shop!
Anyway, good to see you!
Take care!

Laura said...

I think this is a great idea! I'm all for saving money whenever and however I can.

I talked to my husband about it and he said, "Wasn't that what college was? An exercise in frugality?"

He also pointed out that he doesn't work 90+ hours a week so that he can not buy a few things that he wants.

It was hard to argue with that point.