Begins May 1, 2012 ends May 1, 2013
Several readers asked to know more about my Non-Consumer experiment yesterday. Here are some of the guidelines I will be following. I made them up my very own self, so if you see anything glaringly missing or contradictory, feel free to mention it.
* This is MY experiment, not my Hunky's and not my family's. They are not expected to participate in any way (and honestly, they really aren't profligate spenders anyway). This is really more about personal spending and personal experience. I also will be learning how to be a more responsible consumer as I go.
*This list of criteria may change and evolve. I have never done this before, but I know from experience that I seldom get things right the first time.
*I expect that at some point I will cave and purchase something. At some point need will trump will power or creativity. If that happens, it happens, and I will move on and continue the experiment.
These things are exempted from the experiment:
*Groceries/ cosmetics - for obvious reasons. What will take place is a much tighter menu plan and grocery budget. I also plan to utilize our local weekly farmers market as much as possible. We aren't a high cosmetics need family, as in we don't use them excessively, and we don't use expensive brands, so other than giving them up completely, I'm not sure this area can really take any cuts.
*Intimate Items - Call me a poser, I am not wearing second hand under things. I am actually pretty stocked in this area and hopefully won't need to buy anything new, but I reserve the right to responsibly purchase in this area if needed.
*Running shoes (clothes) - Gotta have em, and not hand me downs either. I expect to purchase at least one pair of shoes during the year period. It is less likely that I will have to purchase running wear but I may. I know how much *I* sweat in my own clothes so if I need something because wear and tear have disposed of an item I already utilize, I will replace it. I don't anticipate this based on my current gear, but it may happen.
*Gifts - Not everyone is into creative gifts so I reserve the right to purchase occasionally appropriate gifts. I will be looking into more fair trade and consumer responsible items for most gifts. I also reserve the right to receive gifts, especially for my BIRTHDAY.
*General Maintenance - Whether Doctors visits, car repairs or other needs, general maintenance may be required throughout the year.
*Goodwill - for clothing needs I will be relying on Goodwill to keep me adequately dressed. I will also be making many donations to this institution