The 365 Day Non-Consumption Challenge

I have challenged myself to go 365 days (started on Aug 1, 2011) without purchasing new, off-the-shelf items.

What does that mean?Lets say I need to buy a new backpack for my daughter for school...I have to find that backpack in some way (thrift, friend, etc.) that doesn't require me buying a brand new, never before used item. Essentially I want everything I purchase to be giving me their "second life".

#1 The environmental impact used to produce, ship and package new items while perfectly good ones sit in consignment stores, thrift stores and basements.
#2 To challenge the idea that status=belongings. To rethink the phrase "He who dies with the most toys wins" and prove (even if just to myself) that I am the sum of my actions, not my belongings.

So NO buying items brand new for 365 days.
(p.s. I am not a martyr so exclusions will apply to things like runners, undies, etc. to make this realistic it has to be recycled TP) see "ground rules" post below for more details.

Stay tuned...

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Garage sale haul

Hello All,

I was out hitting garage sales the other day and picked up a couple things I have been wanting to find for a while.

Most importantly a new Wii game for my daughter.
I was able to save (my estimate) $45.00 by buying her game (and steering wheel) at a garage sale.

Not to mention of course, consumer trash.

So I decided to add a tab at the very bottom of this blog to record my monies saved to date. i know the challenge itself doesn't start until August 1st but I thought it would be fun to add it now all the same.

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