Hello Dear Reader,
Thanks to every one for your words of encouragement. Firstly, your comments on Judith Levine's book. I read it when it came out and in 2006 took part in a social experiment to not buy anything 'new' for the year. I managed it but didn't keep it up after the year. This time, my personal social experiment will try and go a whole lot deeper. I will often use free time to browse around car boot sales, jumble sales, charity shops and flea markets. I'm not going to do that this year. I justify my consuming by seeing my purchases as recycling. I want to get rid of the need to spend money on things I don't need. No really! I don't need another piece of Wood's ware utility china from the 1950's, even if it is only £1 from the charity shop! I don't need any more books as I can borrow them for free from the library. Furthermore, if we don't use the library, they will cut back funding on the basis that people don't want it. Please, dear reader, if I can encourage you to do anything this year, please use your library and don't buy any books. I'm also going to have a clear out and arrange a book swap at some time, which I see as a good excuse for a get together, a cuppa and some homemade cake.
We gave up newspapers in 2009 and will continue to read the papers that Dearly Beloved finds on his daily commute by train. He gets his train from Plymouth, which is often where people 'change trains' so they stop for longer and usually change staff or drivers. He has time to get on the 'London train' which is en route from Paddington to Penzance and he will often walk from one end of the train to the other and bring home a variety of the daily papers, plus magazines. We have plenty to read and papers to light the fire.
There you are then, my plans for the year but in greater detail. I will of course buy food and toiletries but will do so mindfully and carefully. I don't want to over spend there either. I'll make sure I menu plan before I shop and aim to do my supermarket shop 'online' so I don't buy anything I didn't plan to buy.
I have no idea if this year will liberate or constrain me, together, as I do this and you read about it, we'll just have to see how this works.