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No more shopping for me

December 25th, 2006 at 06:24 pm

It's summer here in New Zealand.Time for picnics on the beach. I have a ton of food in the pantry and frig so will see if I can do without buying any groceries until New Year.

The Christmas shopping madness is over - hey! I had a no-spend day on Dec 25!- and the bargain hunting season now begins. I could go along to the sales and get all the gifts and decorations for next year at reduced prices. But I have decided to join The Compact and buy nothing new for 12 months. My electric jug promptly celebrated this decision by springing a leak, but I can boil water in a pan.

Of course, I will still purchase essentials like socks and underwear when the old ones wear out, but in general, I'm going to try to make everything I have last for a year, or buy 2nd hand. I'm also cutting back on dining out and entertainment, tho this is not usually a big spend area for me. There is an interesting book called Not Buying It by Judith Levine, who restrained from consumer madness for a year. I think she overdid it and got too frustrated, but in general, I will be reducing my shopping to just the essentials of life. I am thinking it would be a good idea to sponsor a child in a Third World country with some of the savings. This will help me keep a perspective.

3 Responses to “No more shopping for me”

  1. Kelly Says:

    I have just read your blogg from start to finish and just want to say how awesome you are doing!
    I also live in New Zealand (Wellington).

  2. laceshawl Says:

    Hi Kelly. I was in Wellington 3 years ago. Pretty city. I live in Dunedin

  3. Kelly Says:

    I love Dunedin! The winters down there are something else ah!

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