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post #1 of 27
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I was just reading an article about Judith Levine, author of "Not buying it: My Year without Shopping"

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/074...lance&n=283155

She stopped buying anything that was not a necessity for a year. This even includes Q-Tips!

She managed to pay of $8,000 of credit card bills and lost weight. She did allow herself Internet access and newspapers. She could not go out to eat, get coffee, go to the movies, etc.


I couldn't do it!!!! No way, no how!
post #2 of 27
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom
I was just reading an article about Judith Levine, author of "Not buying it: My Year without Shopping"

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/074...lance&n=283155

She stopped buying anything that was not a necessity for a year. This even includes Q-Tips!

She managed to pay of $8,000 of credit card bills and lost weight. She did allow herself Internet access and newspapers. She could not go out to eat, get coffee, go to the movies, etc.


I couldn't do it!!!! No way, no how!

I could do it for a while (and probably need to also)


I could easily fill my day with work, Tara, playing with the dog and working out, but it'd be hard to do it for that long without spending some dough.
post #3 of 27
Hmmm.... let me think... No shopping?

Yeah, I don't think so
post #4 of 27
I probably could....until my paycheck showed up! LOL
post #5 of 27
I think I could do it, I'd have to allow myself cable though, that would be my only indulgence, and I'd have to go to the grocery store and cook rather than grab something on the run- that would be that hard part
post #6 of 27
Absolutley couldn't do it.

Although, I have been watching Oprah's Debt Diet and they have lots of good ideas. My husband I have recently agreed to cut our eating out for lunches down to once a week.

I am looking for ways to get extra money out of our budget, but I wouldn't be able to cut out ALL shopping, and there is NO WAY my husband could go without Q tips!
post #7 of 27
Maybe... After all chocolate is a necessity.
post #8 of 27
is it against the rules if you stock up on Q-tips (and other stuff) before you start??
post #9 of 27
Thread Starter 
Probably is against the rules to stock up. I never woudl be able to go without Q-tips for a year. I am a Q-tip-aholic! Apparently the things she missed were ice cream, fresh mascara,fresh flowers and movies.

Lunches and and coffee out really do add up. Sometimes my husband and I will go out to eat or get takeout and I am horrified by how much it costs.

I may have to read this book....
post #10 of 27
I could do it..for the most part.
post #11 of 27
I'm surprised that my husband hasn't bought me that book!!
But when I drove yesterday and today I had packed sandwiches from home so I wouldn't have to spend $$ on fast food!!!(more to spend shopping)
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by CommonOddity042
I probably could....until my paycheck showed up! LOL
i'm a compulsive spender - if i have money, i spend it...& sometimes even if i don't have it! i don't think i could do this.
post #13 of 27
No Shopping?

Nah...unless I REALLY REALLY Had to and lived in the country where it would take effort for me to drive to someplace to go shopping, I know I would break down after a couple of days.
post #14 of 27
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! What a horrible thought
post #15 of 27
Ive done it before saved up 500 euros in a year
post #16 of 27
I'll definately check that out of the library - thank you for letting us know!
I'm always looking for interesting books.

PS: Coffee *IS* a necessity!!!
post #17 of 27
Wow, good for her. She's debt free, got savings, and now is making money from this book!
I couldn't do it, I find "Buy Nothing" day hard enough!
post #18 of 27
I know I can't. DH just lost his job, and I can't quit shopping! And I grabbed fast food for dinner tonight, because there wasn't time to fix dinner...with the running involved for school functions. But if I planned ahead better, and kept quick stuff on hand...

I would not give up q-tips, though...but I could use a lot less of them! I should really get that book! How did she handle gift giving occasions? Or at work we always go out for people's birthday lunch, and pay for the birthday person's meal! I would still want to do that, so there is exception #1. I think if I did this, it would have to be limiting myself to wasting $100 per month, instead of what I spend now. Then all the gifts, etc would come out of that money, so I would be less inclined to drop $20 at Taco Bell instead of coming home for a quick sandwich!

Interesting...I just read in one of the reviews that she gave up Q-Tips, but not $55 haircuts! Gosh, I only spent $15 on my last haircut! LOL!
post #19 of 27
I could do it for a while....I don't know about a year.
post #20 of 27
There are definitely some things I could give up, but q-tips and coffee would NOT be on that list!!!
post #21 of 27
Not shopping for a year?

SACRILEGE!


As far as I'm concerned, shopping is the only thing that keeps me sane!
post #22 of 27
there is NO WAY could i not go and have a mouch around the shops and not buy somethink. I think that we all need to treat ourselfs sometimes
post #23 of 27
I don't think so, I wish I could so I could save some money, but anymore you don't even have to leave the I just did a little kitty shopping
post #24 of 27
I hate shopping, so I could do it if books/newspapers/magazines were exempted. Otherwise, no.
post #25 of 27
Thread Starter 
I suppose if certain things were exempted, maybe I could do this, but I am a horrible impulse shopper.
post #26 of 27
It's a super idea, and I could do it if I really put my mind to it, but really don't care to go a year without q tips. This, of course, would also include not spoiling our babies, and we know we just couldn't have that!
post #27 of 27
I could probably do it but I would hate it.
I don't think its necessary.. depriving myself of fun and social events doesn't seem worth the money I would be saving.
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