On 1 January I started my year of buying nothing new. My aims were to examine my consumer choices, develop my make do and mend skills and explore all the options that exist to buy essential things either second hand or at the very least recycled. I decided that, other than perishable goods, items for repair and maintenance and things for personal hygiene are all ok but apart from that.....
A month and a half in and I am enjoying the 'challenge'..... I've had a few occasions where I would have just bought something because it appealed to me (I'm a gadget person!) but resisted it. And I've acquired new skills such as learning to hone and use a cut throat razor when my razor blades ran out!! I now use a 125+ year old razor that I bought on eBay....a classic piece of engineering and a joy to work with....really - the blood loss has been much less than I expected
It's been liberating. I don't waste time window shopping or reading about special deals for this and that. If you fancy joining in there's a great Facebook group that is growing by the day and lots of people locally are doing it.
It doesn't really matter if you have the odd lapse...what's important is considering what you buy, why you buy it and whether what you buy is, in the long run, important. C'mon - you know you want to!!