Not buying anything for one year

No need to go to a shopping mall!

"Another month passed. The urge to buy is decreasing. Sometimes I see good deals and I'm seduced in a jiffy. Mostly about clothes." Thus wrote Jannie Spruit on her blog Eenvoudigwit (in Dutch) in February 2012 about her initiative to not buy anything for one year.

Together with her family she switched to not buy anything (Dutch) except daily groceries. No stuff, no clothing. Soon her microwave broke, and later also the water kettle. She didn't buy a new one. Clothes she made herself. But she was to make some choices, for example school photos. Halfway through the year she bought something anyway...

"To have too many things. That makes you crazy. I don't just assert it, it's just the way. Always feeling the urge to have something new, it makes you crazy. That's why you will simply join me. You will not buy anything anymore. No, not even that one thing. I guarantee you that you will not be unhappy by this. Okay, it's been said. And besides, it's also one of the best things you've ever done for the environment."

Her initiative is very inspiring and it's fun to see that she's not the only one who is consciously not buying anything for a while. There is also the initiative Gewoon Genoeg (Dutch: Simply Enough). Jannie invites people who want to do something similar to put this nice logo online.

Don't buy anything new for one month

There is also a Dutch initiative to not buy anything new for one month. It was started in 2012 and takes place every October, the whole month. It might be a good way for you to join the experiment to reduce money's influence on your life.

This is a translation from the Dutch language article on Geldloos.nl.

A sunny day in the park. No need to buy anything here to have a great time.

Further reading

No money for food

no food in the house and no money

No money for food? If you're in this situation you can try to get free food at the food bank or through appropriating food waste. On Moneyless.org we have quite a few tips to get food without money. There's no reason to starve if you don't have money. On the contrary. You can ask for food and you can search for food.

Caught by money

Money. We need it. We think. We grow up and it seems as if we cannot function without money. Because there's always money. Money is needed to live, to have a place, to eat, to travel. It seems as if we even need it to breathe. Is that really so?

Give-away shop

Give away shop in Utrecht, 2004. PIcture taken by Bikepunk

Are you looking for clothes, books, toys, pans or just something new to use? You could give it a try at a give-away shop, sometimes also simply called free shop. That's not a store in the traditional meaning, but a place to find free stuff.