If you want to know the ground rules, check out this post. The plan is basically to try and buy nothing. No new material possessions. This is a bit tougher as I lost all of my possessions on October 7th in the Tubb’s Fire and my wife has planned some camping trips for the summer. Health items and food do not count. Things my wife buys do not count (unless it is for me). This is also not an effort to be frugal but change my consumeristic mental mode.
Buy nothing new- April
Another month has passed. April has come and gone and I am a different person.
I mean truly a different person. How do I know? Well on April 7th I went shopping with my wife to both Sport’s Basement and Marshall’s and I just wanted to leave. First, I was wondering why we were in a store on a Saturday morning instead of hiking (my wife reminded me it was because I had a cold and it was raining). Second, I really just did not have a desire to look for or buy anything. Quite strange indeed and far different than the person I was 2-3 years ago.
Ok, so what have I bought?
April 5th – A plastic cover to protect the irrigation pipes off of our driveway. We accidentally ran off the driveway (barely) and bust the pipe. After 1.5 hours of massive water loss, the water company came and shut off our water. We only found out 3 hours later this had happened. Whoops. Anyway, I put this purchase under home improvement. Hopefully, it will prevent further pipe breakage.
April 7th- This was more purchases made by my wife, but since it is for both of us I figure I should at least acknowledge it. They are all camping items including: A ice pack for the cooler, a air mattress (though I will be sleeping on the ground while my wife and son rest on the mattress), a tarp to put the tent on, bowls (unnecessary) and mugs (more necessary) for camping, cooking utensils for camping, and some wash clothes. We also bought my son a fold-out chair. Again these were not my purchases, but I suppose I should accept them as mine.
April 8th- Today the camping purchases were completed. We purchased 2 more camping chairs, an inflatable mattress for me to sleep on, a sleeping bag for my son, and 2 headlamps. I did take advantage of my REI credit and a coupon for 20% off 2 items. After this, all of our camping purchases should be done! Now we are ready for the summer and we only bought the quality items that we will use regularly on our camping trips. Still, these were items bought. Honestly, I think the camping gear is the largest amount of stuff I own. I guess this is good if I ever have to leave my home and live in the forest during a Zombie apocalypse.
Surprisingly…after April 8th I did not buy much. There were a few pre-planned birthday presents (my son turned 3), including an airplane train set (these are surprisingly hard to find) and a Casio Keyboard for him (kids taking lessons….a dad can dream his son will be the rocker he never was). That was it though.
I am desiring another pair or two of dress pants, to supplement my khakis but have not pulled the trigger yet. There is also the lack of shorts in my wardrobe. As the weather gets warmer I may relent and purchase a pair or two.
So how am I doing…I think I am doing okay. The challenge is slightly harder month by month because I notice some things that are missing, but at the same time has become easier…because I have less of a desire to buy things. Weird I know, but the synapses in my brain are changing. Things are getting rewired.
- Buy nothing for 1 year: That’s the plan
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Running list of material things I have bought in 2018
- Hair clipper (personal hygiene)
- Retainer for my teeth (health related)
- Free t-shirt’s x 2
- Microphone for a podcast (business)
- Picture frame hangers (should have used nails but the frame is quite heavy and we live in earthquake country)
- Ant baits (home maintenance)
- Yoga mat (health related)
- Fancy shoe inserts for my flat feet (health related)
- Bromine tablets for the hot tub (home maintenance) and lavender smelling stuff (frivolous)
- Fancy cooler (frivolous but useful)
- Hubcap x 1 (frivolous but makes me feel good)
- Suits- his and his….(mine was for future business and my son’s was frivolous/experience)
- Hot tub calcium hardener (home maintenance)
- A tent (planned)
- Luggage and a backpack (needed for all the traveling we do)
- A child carrier (frivolous and fell for the sale)
- Walking shoes (for my health or unnecessary? You decide.)
- Plastic water pipe cover (home maintenance)
- Camping great including air mattress, tarp, cooking and eating supplies (wife purchase but both of us use this stuff). Also 3 chairs, a sleeping bag, an inflatable mattress for me, and 2 headlamps.
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