I’ve heard about Buy Nothing New Month last year and didn’t give it much thought. This year, I didn’t really want to participate, either.
But thinking about it now, I realized that I’ve been actually doing Buy Nothing New Month for a while now. With the exception of the gifts I bought for my husband’s birthday (which were all mainly to replace the things that got broken), all the other things we got last month were hand-me-downs.
I don’t buy new clothes much, mostly because of my petite figure and sensitivities to certain fabrics; it is hard to buy something nice for me. So I rely on my mom buying second-hand clothes for me. The clothes for my children are hand-me downs and that’s great because I hate how much these clothes cost. I haven’t bought new toys for ages, because of all the stuff we were given for birthdays or other occasions. I realized I was already asking myself the question: “Do we need this?” even before Buy Nothing New Month begun.
I’ve also been trying to become better with my money. We’re relatively well-off. I am a SAHM and I get a certain amount of money every month to spend on household, children and myself. This works for us and it’s OK. I also get paid a little for sponsored posts on my blog and German lessons as well.
I’ve never been good with money, but now I am trying to make it last the month and not ask my husband for more. I am constantly asking myself questions such as: “What do I have at home that I could cook for dinner?”, “What can I make myself instead of buying ready-made products?”, “where can I find good quality products that don’t cost an arm and a leg?”, and so on. It feels great when I make the money last till the end of the month.
So while of course I bought some new things in the last few months, the ideas behind “Buy Nothing New Month” were already present in my life before that month even started. And I am doing well, I think.
Now, I don’t like the question: “do we need that?” all that much, because while we don’t really need a lot of things we use in our homes in order to survive, I think that life is so much more than just surviving. We need food, but do we need good quality food in order to survive? Not really. We need protection against the cold to survive, but we don’t really need clothes. And especially we don’t really need nice, good quality clothes, but we like the way good food tastes and we like how nice the clothes feel against our skin.
If we make life all about survival, it becomes less fun. But if we make life about making good choices, trying to save some money and be a little more environmentally friendly, maybe Buy Nothing New Month can help us.
And in the end, we decide, whether to live like we did before or to incorporate “Buy Nothing New Month” ideas into our lives.
What will you not buy this month?