Buy Nothing New- Month 6

So here we are, another month in my attempt to Buy Nothing New! I don’t think I am killing it, but hey that is part of the challenge. I am surely learning more and more about myself every day. So how did June go?

Well…Buy nothing new June 2018

June 1st- Some pliers while camping. I had bought my son a fishing rod and it broke. I tried to fix it with my teeth (trying to pry off a bolt). Bad idea and I definitely chipped a tooth. So I did the grown-up thing and bought some pliers to fix it. It is part of my still small, but ever-growing toolset.

June 11th – I bought an alarm clock. Super fancy. The one you see above. It was bought in an attempt to stop relying on my cell phone as an alarm clock. The act of having it in my room was leading to an early morning wake up. No bueno. So I tried to cut it out. So far so good.

June 17th- My thumb had been hurting, so I bought a brace for it. I think I pulled a tendon by lifting my son so frequently (even at the age of 3). I had done this previously when he was much younger. It’s called Mommy’s Thumb (a bit gender conforming if you ask me) or the much more medical Dequervain’s tendonitis. Here is an article about it if you are interested.

That is it. I did not buy anything else. A bit surprising to myself as I sit here and read this. I guess the 6 months of purposefully not buying anything is finally paying off. Plus, we already have all of our camping gear.

I will mention a recent no buying win. My son and I were at the hardware store the other day. We were looking for sand for his ant farm. All they had were 50 lb bags which seemed excessive. While walking around I picked up a plastic storage bin that I had been wanting for some of my papers and a toolbox.

I walked around the store with them and when it was time to check out, realized I did not need them. I was just buying them because I was at the store. My current toolbox is a shoe box and it has worked just fine. My papers are in a slightly bigger container then is needed, but why buy a new one just to buy one. Old me would have bought those items. New me resisted and put them back on the shelf. So a win for me and the buy nothing challenge!

Monthly recap

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.
  • Khaki shorts (personal)
  • Pair of jeans and workout shorts (personal)
  • Pickle Monster Truck (frivolous but worth the smile on my son’s face).
  • Hairpin, bracelet, necklace, and earrings (gifts for my wife! Happy Mother’s Day)
  • A screwdriver.
  • Another screwdriver, a socket wrench, and a step stool (tools, but used to build memories with my brother-in-law)
  • A stove and propane tank, roasting sticks, pocket knife, and sleeping bag (more camping gear but we should be complete now! Why all the camping gear? Well we have at least 3 summer trips planned and maybe adding more to the schedule. Ah Northern California!).
  • An ax, 2 chairs, 10 tent stakes, and a fishing rod (I hope the camping spree is done).
  • Pliers
  • An alarm clock
  • Thumb Brace

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6 thoughts on “Buy Nothing New- Month 6

  • July 26, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Ummm….does food count? I would imagine you need an awful lot of that.

    • July 26, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      The food definitely adds up. I didn’t include it in this because it’s by nothing physical or permanent, as opposed to sustenance

  • July 2, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    >My current toolbox is a shoe box and it has worked just fine.

    Now that’s my life philosophy right there. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

    But on the other hand, you also need to be able to recognize when it IS broke, and when it’s time to spend some money and fix it. If there’s something in your life that’s making your life a little worse, and it would cost you a few dollars to get a new gadget or whatever the heck and it would improve your life in some small way, then maybe it’s worth it to spend the few dollars.

    • July 3, 2018 at 3:19 am

      Totally agree. I will spend a bit more for quality also. When we are not so focused on quantity, then the money available for quality increases. The shoe box works great and I will continue using it for the time being.

  • July 2, 2018 at 7:21 am

    That’s a huge win if you ask me DDD! Having an item in your hands and then putting it down and walking away. Congrats! I’ve been having the same thoughts too even when wanting and needing to buy something, I ultimately just put it down or remove it from my online cart and walk away. It’s an interesting shift in mindset. Now I know that when I buy something, it is something I need and will actually bring value to my life.

    • July 3, 2018 at 3:18 am

      It did feel like a win Mrs. Wow. Sounds like you have had the same experience. It is interesting to see how the mind changes with these small habits.


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