It’s been more than 4 months since the last word on Buy Nothing (which was basically a word all about breaking rules). That’s probably because about 4 months ago, we kinda sorta stopped doing Buy Nothing. To be clear, we didn’t go out and buy everything. Or even a lot of things. But we did buy things that weren’t for an experience.
I can justify pretty much every purchase and don’t regret any of them. But they definitely don’t follow the rules. Oddly enough, it’s mostly water-related (as far as I can remember) and included things like good rain jackets that actually resist rain, boots that also resist rain, a water bottle, a tree stand (to hold our Christmas tree and also water) and some other stuff like headphones, notebooks and jump ropes.
While we didn’t make it the whole 12 months, I must say I’m pretty happy with the outcome. We were super intentional about what we bought and rarely made any spur-of-the-moment decisions. We use every single thing we purchased and have also still managed to find things in our home that we don’t need or want.
Buy Nothing definitely reinforced my commitment to making good choices – I’m more focused on if I’m purchasing quality items that fill an obvious gap in my day-to-day living. Hence, the rain jacket. Because Seattle.
Matt and I have tossed around the idea of starting up another round of Buy Nothing this year, but I think we’ve landed on just keeping close track of what we purchase and getting more of a baseline reading. The goal will be focusing on one-for-one purchases, which I think is more sustainable long-term. Right now, I need a new black tank top – my current one has a giant hole. So I’ll replace that but not go buy more than one, since I’ve been getting along just fine as is. We also need a new spatula… the heat has destroyed our dollar store spatula. Plus buying a new spatula seems like a good way to avoid plastic in our food. We’ll still focus on bringing less into our home, but we won’t be putting a complete stoppage on purchasing.
I’m optimistic that however this year goes, we’ve learned some helpful lessons about delayed gratification, cost versus quality and what adds value to our lives. This concludes Buy Nothing 2017. Thanks for tuning in!