I ran across a blog last night that really piqued my interest: Shopaholly. Holly made a deal in 2008 to not spend any more money on things. Well, I suppose it is a little more complex than that, no more clothes, excess toiletries, books, media, ect.
And as I browsed the interwebs I found that there are A LOT of people who have taken the “plunge” and decided to not spend money for an entire year. Here are some links to a few for those of you who are curious:
A quick Swagbucks search reveals a few more stories, but those were the ones I found interesting.
The idea of not spending for a year seems intriguing to me. But, that seems kind of hard right?
Not buying anymore clothes, shoes, purses, books, DVDs, belts, hair ties, stuff for the kitchen, stuff for the apartment, stuff for… the sake of stuff.
And then I realized, with the exception of clothes and shoes, I’ve already been doing this.
Since February (when I started using Swagbucks), I haven’t spent a dime on DVDs, books, or anything that I need that can be purchases through Amazon (including electronics). I use my Swagbucks to pay for these items. (If you’re curious about how you can earn Swagbucks, I’ve written a little primer here that could help)
I haven’t bought anything aside from flowers for my apartment and a few baking tins in the past 8 months.
The big unnecessary expenses that I have aren’t the “junk” anymore – it is the clothes. I’ve bought quite a few new dresses, shirts and a pair of shoes in the past 6 months. All of them had a purpose and none were unreasonably priced. But that is where my expenses come from.
I haven’t even spent money on crafts in the past year, because I have such a stock-pile of yarn and quilting material at home to use.
So I’m toying with the idea of making this be one of my goals for 2010: No extraneous spending for a year.
I figure this will help in saving money, but also in assessing how important possessions really are to me. I also have a feeling I’m probably not understanding how MUCH extra spending I really do.
This is an idea that I’m toying with and would love your comments or suggestions.