Buy nothing new update- Month 2

Month 2that I will buy nothing. I am doing this with some other bloggers, but it was started by the Happy Philosopher. There are some caveats, like I will not be accounting for food or what my wife buys. She does the shopping for groceries, kitchen stuff, and our son’s stuff. She, however, is not buying me stuff…not stuff I directly I want. Here is January recap if interested.

So how has it gone to buy nothing?

February 2nd – This was an expensive day. I have some seriously flat feet and after the fires, I lost both my wide toed shoes and the insoles that had kept me feeling comfy all these years. My shoes were so nice that I had replaced the soles twice instead of buying new shoes. But alas, the shoes and insoles were gone. I tried some $30 insoles but was having foot pain everyday. So finally I bit the bullet and went to the good feet store and bought some non-custom insoles  for $400!!! Craziness. Hard to believe, but we will see how it goes. There is a 60 day return policy, so I should know before then if I need to return them.

February 3rd –  was no better. I went and purchased bromine tablets for our hot tub. Our rental has a hot tub and I had to figure out how to maintain it. So some bromine tablets were purchased. I made one stupid purchase. Some smelly lavender additions. I figured it would help us relax, but this was quite stupid. A waste of money.

February 5th – Those insoles were worth it! This is the first day that my feet have not hurt for a few months. So quality over quantity I suppose. Now I have to figure out what to do with the $30 insoles.

Expensive, but not the most expensive cooler.

February 8th – Today I bought a cooler. Yup the one right up there. The cooler cost me $142 and is a RTIC brand (no affiliations). The justification is that my wife will take my son to school and then be out. Gym, groceries, etc. By having a cooler she will not have to run home to bring fridge items immediately home after grocery shopping, making her more efficient. Plus we go camping and this will serve as our cooler. So a lot of use will come of this cooler. I bought RTIC because it is reportedly as durable as a Yeti cooler but $200 cheaper, particularly when it was $50 off. Sounds like a deal but still an expense. Seems like this month has been harder than last month.

Honestly, I kind of lost track of the dates, but I am updating it on February 18th and I have purchased a piece of plywood and an orange cone, printer ink and printer paper, and a hubcap. Of all of these, the hubcap is the one big fail for the month.

Who really needs a hubcap? They are just decorative after all. But I bought it. I drive a 2011Camry, so it is nothing fancy, but I do want to at least look like I maintain it.

Things I did not buy

I had been debating a purchase of Microsoft Office for my Mac. I had one before the fire and used it as my main source of documenting. Over the last 4 months I have used Apple’s Pages and Numbers. So far so good. The biggest problem is that when I collaborate with bloggers (personal life) or researchers (professional life), most are using Microsoft Office and can’t open my documents. Still, I have decided to not purchase Office for now, I can just cut and paste my document into an email instead. This I consider a Win for now.

The suit I was going to buy for a meeting on February 14th, well I did not buy it. I decided on wearing a tie and a sweater, professional enough and no money spent…I still do need a suit though, so we will see when that is purchased.


Well I am not doing as well this month. To buy nothing is theoretically not hard but not how we are wired in modern day society. I have bought some things that were unnecessary (cooler) but try and remain diligent in my purchases. I am more mindful and I think this makes a big difference in my habits…so that is good. The journey continues. 10 more months to go!

Monthly recap

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8 thoughts on “Buy nothing new update- Month 2

  • March 6, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Very interesting, DDD. I think the shoes are a legitimate purchase. Being able to stand on your feet is important, especially if you’re a doctor, and if cheap shoes can’t fix a foot problem, you gotta go with expensive shoes. The cooler’s a tough call, though. The reasoning behind that purchase makes a lot sense. So if it makes Mrs. DDD’s life easier and you do use it for camping, then it’s legit. Best of luck in March, my friend.

    • March 6, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks Mr G. I agree regarding the cooler. Tough call. This is part of the problem if restarting…honestly I think she has only used it twice thus far but that is 2 more times then I would have gueased

  • March 4, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Interesting that your friends kid is so much more triggered to checking his account. I think as we age so much if this feeling dissipates for anyone paying attention.

  • March 4, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    I’m enjoying reading about your development of insight. Consumerism has a huge component of subcortical reinforcement and almost addictive biochemistry. I bought some Bit Coin and I check it at most once a month. Most of the time I don’t think about it. My friend’s kid bought some and he checks it 10 times a day. It is clear he is getting a very different biochemical rush from Bit Coin than I am. I think this is the basis of buyers remorse. Anticipation has it’s own biochemistry. There is a hormone, prolactin, associated with satiation and contentment, like dopamine is associated with anticipation. I don’t think prolactin is activated by purchases, but I do think it is activated with carefully planned purchases that fit into a narrative like minimalism.

  • March 4, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    How is March going? You paid for my coffee — hope that doesn’t mess up your no spend month. 🙂

    Great to meet you in person.

  • March 3, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks Sara and I hope you are well. I hope the losses have not been too much to bear. Please feel free to reach out anytime you want to talk and best of luck to your journey.

  • March 3, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Hi, old friend. I was one of your med school classmates. I stumbled upon your story as I, too, am on a journey to do more in life with less. Although not through a fire, I have also endured some hard losses over the past few years that have brought about a paradigm shift away from over working and consumerism. Thank you for sharing your amazing unique story and your hard earned wisdom with us. I’ll be following along as I prepare to take some time away from traditional full time medicine next year. Keep up the inspiring work! All the best, Sara


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