I’m still recovering from the consumeristic binge that is known as Christmas, so I proposed to Kitty that we make a family pledge to ‘buy nothing new’ in 2017.
Kitty, being the wise lady she is, suggested we trial it for January which is a great idea as it’ll maximise our chance of success and see whether this is something we can sustain longer term.
So for January 2017 we’re planning not to buy any new items like toys, clothes, books, games etc.
The last time I didn’t buy anything for a month was October in 2010 and it worked out well.
If there’s something we need we will buy secondhand either through thrift/op shops (preferable) or eBay/Gumtree.
We’ll still be buying essential groceries from the store, and there’s a couple of items that we don’t think we can do second hand like some school uniforms (that we can’t find in the second hand store at school), and underwear.
Luckily Lifeline Bookfest happens in January which will cover all our book needs (with our regular library borrowing).
We also have kerbside collection in January which means we’ll (hopefully) be able to get rid of a few household things so here’s hoping for a net ‘stuff’ loss over the month of January.