Not buying anything for one year

"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

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

Further reading

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?

Car sharing

No money to buy a car? Be glad, because without a car you have fewer problems. You could try car sharing instead. Car sharing is a global trend and it can be a pretty good option besides public transport or even hitchhiking. Car sharing is a relatively good solution for saving money. Sharing a car without money is only possible if you're driving a sponsored car or if you have a friend who lets you use their car.

No money for food

dumpstered veggies

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 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.

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.