My transition from cluttered to simple living.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Buy Nothing New Month Challenge....

Okay... I think that I am ready to get serious and take the plunge. I am going to jump right in and commit to buy nothing new for the month of August. (Why does this thought send a chill down my spine?!?)

Now... there are a few exceptions to this rule. Groceries, toiletries, and car maintenance is exempt. AND... I am adding another exemption. If I need to buy materials for a gift that I am making, I will endeavor to use the stash I have or buy that case I do reserve the right to buy new material if all else fails.

I have cut down on my spending over the past few months. I have allowed magazine subscriptions to lapse, I have been completing projects that I started eons ago. We travelled and for the first time, I did little souvenir shopping.

So... would anyone like to join me along the way? Jump right in! (Misery loves company...)

In conclusion...a note to my dad who religiously reads this blog... Please do not make comment on any slip-ups. Please do not ask "why?" and please do not attempt to sabotage my efforts. (For all who don't know him, my dad (poppy) is my pal, and traveling buddy.) He is my biggest support, but also has a wicked sense of humor, and since my biggest challenge this month will be keeping motivated, I will need all the encouragement I can get.

Now... I realize that a few people follow this blog, and a few more drop in. I invite you to stop in and comment. Say hello and tell me where you are from. Do you blog? What are your experiences, if any, with spending less? I am looking forward to learning of your experiences!


  1. I'm of mixed mind regarding shopping this next month. I'm doing my own challenge of biking rather than driving so eliminating errands would make it easier. But, that's not necessarily the point so I'm not sure how the month will shake out yet. I've done Crunchy's Buy Nothing New challenge before and it was great for the budget and for awareness of habits. Good luck!

  2. Thanks Chile! And thanks for dropping by! (I love your blog, by the way!)