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.
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!
- Buy nothing for 1 year: That’s the plan
- January 2018
- February 2018
- March 2018
- April 2018
- May 2018
- June 2018
- July 2018
- August 2018
- September 2018
- October 2018
- November 2018
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