A Year without Buying

Local writer, Kym Croft Miller, convinced her family to go an entire her without buying anything that wasn't depletable.

These are the lessons she learned:

Ten Insights from Our Year Without Buying:

  1. When we shop less, we free up time, energy, and money we didn't even know were available.
  2. Fixing items we already possess is not only frugal but creative and empowering.
  3. If we don't fill all our own wants, things often come to us in surprising and fun ways.
  4. Envisioning our home as a free-store allows us to discover the potential in what we already own.
  5. Our desires often disappear when they are not fulfilled right away.
  6. We can promote connections with others by the borrowing, bartering, and lending of goods.
  7. Cleaning out our stuff and donating it lightens the burden of our possessions while helping others.
  8. By refraining from filling all our children's desires, we learn how creative and resourceful they can be.
  9. Refocusing our attention on purchase-free places, allows us to see libraries, museums, and parks anew.
  10. De-emphasizing shopping lets the true spirit of holidays, birthdays, and special occasions shine brighter.   

Always remember to ask yourself:  "Is the way I'm acquiring things contributing to my profound happiness?"  You deserve to feel joyful, invigorated, and fulfilled and changing how you buy can help!


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