Buy nothing new for 90 days?? This is the challenge. Who’s in it with me?!
There are so many benefits to purchasing used items, borrowing, or bartering… For me, focusing less on consumption and on filling that weird gap with things- the gap I’m referring to is, I guess, that thing in us all that says ‘buy this, it will make you feel better, cooler, etc.’ is one benefit. The other obvious reason is to reduce my overall impact on the environment.
Keeping purchases used and local will reduce your carbon footprint immensely because there are no factories making your products and no trucks hauling the raw materials and the finished goods. This is a huge opportunity to visit local thrift stores or garage sales and to buy quality used items that still have loads of use. There is also Craigslist, which is a wonderful way to spend less money and to get really neat items.
Here are the rules: Food and diapers have the green light on buying new. Everything else needs to be purchased used, borrowed or traded. Thrift, repair, up-cycle, trade, borrow, scavenge. Be creative and free up your money and your time while lowering your impact.
I’ve tried this a couple of times (admittedly, I love spending money… makes me feel good.) and have found the following questions super helpful:
- Do I need this?
- Why am I buying it?
- What else could I use this money for?
- Can I get this secondhand, rent it, borrow it?
- Can I repair or reuse something I already have?
- Where did it come from?
- What is it’s environmental and social impact?
- Is this a trend or a fad?
- Can I live without it?
- Where will it go when I’m done with it?
I think new clothing and shoes will be the most difficult for me to part with. Even though this is only a 90 day challenge, I do enjoy a new shirt here and there- but again, I need to see why I buy things when I have an enormous closet full of clothes I never wear. I can re-work outfits and can get creative. I’m excited for that part.
So- food: ok. diapers: ok. Everything else… be imaginative!
Right now there are three takers- are you up for the challenge? Like our Facebook page and join. I’m super excited to hear your feedback.