My biggest resolution for January was such a resounding success, that I decided to carry it on for February. My consumption diet worked, and I have truly loved setting this bar high for myself. I was able to save an extra $500.00, all by not buying any consumer goods. I never knew that not shopping could be so much fun! I feel like I appreciate the things that I have more; and I also feel like I have more respect for the things that I do buy.
There were only two purchases that may not have qualified under the terms of the diet, but I think that there were good rationalizations behind them. The first, and most important for my hubby, was that I broke his coffee grinder. Needless to say, we went right out and bought a new one, as our marriage possibly would not have survived a caffeine withdrawal. Fortunately, I don’t consider this a failure, because I had a leftover Crate and Barrel gift card, so it wasn’t really us paying for it.
The other was my new old-fashioned sewing machine. I don’t count this because, a) it was used, and b) I used Christmas money from my grandparents, so it really was more of a present than a purchase. Part of the reason I started this endeavor was to minimize my environmental footprint, as well as save money, so buying secondhand seems like a great compromise.
Very few things (aside from coffee related paraphernalia) are as necessary as they seem when I buy them. If they were, I wouldn’t have such an outflow to Freecycle and Goodwill. I now feel more empowered to fully think before I buy. Often, I find myself realizing that I need a lot less than I think I do.
This ends the New Year’s resolution season, but to read more on my resolutions this year check out:
- How Did They Do It?
- How Did They Do It? Part 2
- My Consumption Diet Is Already on the Rocks
- Back on Track
- My New Year’s Resolution to Host More is in Full Swing