A year without shopping

  1. I'd love to do this. Dh and I could probably make it work for ourselves, but not so much for my son who has to have all the new video games as soon as they come out and saves his own money to pay for them. I have, on several occasions, staged grocery boycotts where I wouldn't buy more food until we used down the surplus in our pantry and freezer.

    S.F. group enjoys shopping sabbatical - Yahoo! News
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  3. by   muffie
    there was a story on tv [some such show like dateline or 20/20] about a couple that gave up eating out for dinner, brown-bagged their lunch and gave up all frivolous spending such as movies, books and c.d.'s

    they went to the library, took walks, read more and went to free outings

    they saved $17,000
  4. by   leslie :-D
    i would just die.

    leslie
  5. by   ktwlpn
    Quote from earle58
    i would just die.

    leslie
    WHAT ??!! Give up ebay? The big "O"? Stupid.com? NEVER....However-I could easily give up ever having to physically walk into a store again.I can do it all right here.In my pj's in the comfort of my own home..I can get wine,pet supplies,groceries and uniforms.If I could find visiting dentists,doctors and hairdressers I'd be happier then a swine in slop....
    Last edit by ktwlpn on Jan 4, '07 : Reason: oops
  6. by   bethin
    Quote from muffie
    there was a story on tv [some such show like dateline or 20/20] about a couple that gave up eating out for dinner, brown-bagged their lunch and gave up all frivolous spending such as movies, books and c.d.'s

    they went to the library, took walks, read more and went to free outings

    they saved $17,000

    Did I say ?

    I'm joining. $17,000 sounds like a good down payment on that beach house I've always wanted.
  7. by   bethin
    Quote from muffie
    books
    Wait, can't do it. I own more books than the public library. I do try to go to the library for books, but I find the popular ones are out and I just can't wait or I need it for a class and need it longer than the 2 weeks they allow.

    Without books I have no soul.
  8. by   DDRN4me
    i would hate it!! i love to shop...even more so when i have $$$!
  9. by   JaxiaKiley
    No books? /gasp

    But, I, too, hate shopping in stores. It's amazing how much I can do online
  10. by   live4today
    thought i couldn't do it either until i became unemployed. amazing what having no income can do in a person's life. i know when i can shop again, it will never be the same. i've learned wayyyyyyy too much about money management, and waste, and needs that must be addressed in our world. i'm thankful for the "year without shopping". very humbling experience for sure.
  11. by   Tweety
    I used to buy so many new CDs, it wasn't funny. In April I went on a buying freeze and didn't buy another CD until I bought two used ones about 9 months later. I recently got more with gift certificates.

    I have a library of books, mostly expensive hardbacks....why is this? Back in April I also vowed not to buy another book until all the books I had were read. I finished about 8 books in that time (which is good because I'm in school). I also said I'd not buy anymore cookbooks (so much free stuff online anyway). I also said, only books on sale and recently bought 8 more in a buy one-get one free sale, which will probably last me another year since I'm in school. I could get a library card, but they don't carry the books I'm interested in reading - mainly gay men's fiction, mysteries, love stories.

    I've also done like Mercy and said "no more groceries until all this food is finished".

    My car is paid for and I'm going to keep it running as long as I can. I used to buy only new cars and never pay them off. Next car is going to be used.

    I fired the yard guy and am now mowing my own grass. (Alas, with a motorized one rather than an environmentally friendly push mower.)

    I've quit renting movies and record off the channels I've been paying for on my cable (actually it's only $5.00 for the movie channels I get, so it's worth it), and have many good movies to watch.

    This last year, and particularly this last couple of months since the end of my relationship and being a single homeowner, I've taken a hard look at my finances. I realize we are a consumer economy, but I need to learn to do more with less. Too bad it's taken me until age 47 to learn some of this stuff.....and put it into action.

    Could I buy nothing new for the next year????? Doubtful, because I have some things to do around the house, and I'm not sure what's going to be left when the dust finally settles in the split with the spouse. However, I'm hopeful to be more frugal which will make a contribution to my savings and the economy.

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