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Year of Buying Nothing: buy nothing 2015 round up

It’s over! The experiment that was ‘buy nothing 2015’ is done, wrapped up, and completed. So how did it go, and what did I learn? The first few months were plain sailing. Thinking myself an experienced veteran of the buy nothing movement, I found it quite easy at the beginning of the year. Then my… Read More Year of Buying Nothing: buy nothing 2015 round up

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#BuyNothing2015 – falling off the wagon

So, this last month has been a total, epic write off. I bought things, I bought many things, I bought things I didn’t even need. What happened? I’ve no idea, but here I am on the other side of my spending splurge, a little shaken, a little confused, but with 8 weeks left and a… Read More #BuyNothing2015 – falling off the wagon

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It’s all about the outlook

Over the past few months, I felt an inkling that something was wrong with my minimalism journey. Buying nothing this year was taking its toll and I had started to notice the lack of ‘things’ in my life. I felt like I was living through a hardship, a test, a toil. In short, minimalism was… Read More It’s all about the outlook

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#buynothing2015… buying nothing for a year, month 9!

Buying nothing for a year… Month 9 update Woah. It’s 9 months since I started this challenge of buying nothing for a year. 9 MONTHS! Wow! With only a quarter of the year left, my thought are turning to next year and the lessons I’ve learned from this journey over 2015. I have to admit… Read More #buynothing2015… buying nothing for a year, month 9!

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#buynothing2015: Halfway

It’s halfway through 2015’s challenge to buy nothing new for a year. And truthfully, that’s come around pretty quickly. The plan for #buynothing2015 was by now to have miraculously learned to sew and mend, to be growing a lot of my own vegetables, be cycling to work every day and generally be an ethical superhero.… Read More #buynothing2015: Halfway

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How Buying Nothing Changes Your Life

Buying nothing can seem extreme. But it will change your outlook in more ways than you can imagine. How do we make ourselves feel better? I’m guessing the majority of answers today would focus on some kind of treat- a new pair of shoes, a haircut, a new book, a shopping trip. I was exactly… Read More How Buying Nothing Changes Your Life

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#buynothing2015: the hurdles and turning a corner

It’s nearly the end of March. Wow, that time has flown. The year is a quarter of the way through, and I’m just now settling in to the comfortable stage of buying nothing. The Hurdles I’m not going to lie. Far from being the rose-tinted experience I thought it would be, this year so far… Read More #buynothing2015: the hurdles and turning a corner

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So, I bought a car…when buying nothing gets hard

My little humbug car broke down. Of course he did, with my buying nothing challenge this year. At the back of my mind I think I knew it’d happen, but still, when the engine failed and the suspension snapped in half, it was a wave of frustration that washed over me. I’d planned on finding… Read More So, I bought a car…when buying nothing gets hard

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Rekindling my love

I sit in Mavis, my worn, comfy chair, purchased from a charity shop after falling in love with her tattered, faded ‘project’ upholstery, fake aged armrests, and aura of warmth. The linen curtains are closed now, a veil against the ink black night and jagged winds that shake and rattle the branches of the birch… Read More Rekindling my love

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Goodbye Hairspray

It’s just over 2 weeks into the latest round of buying nothing new. And, consumer cravings aside, it’s going pretty well. I’ve run out of a few previously essential grooming products (eye make-up remover, hairspray, dry shampoo) and instead of replacing, I’ve decided to forego. What we deem as essential is subjective. A safety crutch,… Read More Goodbye Hairspray