I did go an entire year without buying any new clothes and it did teach me to explore the many other options that are available; saved a bunch of money too. But no new gadgets? No toys? No MAKEUP? Heaven forbid – how will I get by without feeding my addiction to lipgloss and lipstick? And how about my - our - weekly forays through the second hand shops - hubby is just as addicted to it as I am. He is the one who introduced me to second hand sweaters in the first place.
So I am going to give it a go. There will, of course, be exceptions; there are the ‘wants’ and there are the ‘needs’. The year without buying things is intended to separate the wants from the needs.Here is my list of exceptions:
FoodUnderclothing (socks, bras, panties – briefs for him)
Shoes (we both have ‘special needs’ feet)
Items that keep the automobile running (tires, repair parts)
Of course, the moment I decide to embark on this adventure the washing machine breaks. Now, in reality we could wash our clothes by hand. I did wash clothes by hand in the bathtub for almost three years while living in Greece. But I don’t live in Greece anymore and I have 50 year old hands, not 20 year old hands – besides, hubby has already stated that he will NOT wash clothes by hand. So I will buy the washing machine before the New Year starts.
And I while I am tempted to go out and buy 10 tubes of lipstick and 5 of mascara .... I'm not going to do it. I will be true to the cause and just do without once it is gone. Kool Aid. Red. It's food right? :-)