Buy Nothing New Challenge 2015

But Nothing New 2015

Last year we dipped our toe into buying nothing new for a whole month and it was a complete success. So  now its time to fully throw ourselves into a new challenge at buying nothing new for a whole year.  Resulting in us spending a whole year relying on our skills to provided for ourselves and making do with what we already have. This will not only test us will but also make us more sustainable and reduce our impact on landfill at the same time.

I am 100% sure this is going to be the toughest and scariest challenge we have undertake yet but on the other side of the coin I am really excited about taking this challenge.

so how is this going to work

  • Buy It Used – We can buy things that we desperately need for example; clothes, gifts and anything that breaks that we cannot live without, but only from charity shops and car boot sales, ebay and other used selling sites. (The only clothing we are allowed to buy  new are shoes and under wear for the children)
  • Bring Your Own – We need to carry with us our own reusable cups, knife and forks  and anything else we may need when we go out as a family or individually to prevent us from using any single use items places my offer us.
  • Get Stuff Fixed – We have to try and fix anything that breaks or goes wrong before we can replace it second hand. So if the washing machine breaks our first port of call is taking it apart, working out what’s wrong and sourcing parts to fix it before hitting the the buy and sell pages trying to find another one.
  • Buying Experiences –  We can buy tickets to visit local places, museums, art galleries, cinema,  holidays and so on which help us enrich our lives and create memories as a family.
  • Buy Local– We can support our local craft people buying gifts for people, farmers markets and local specialist companies (who make things in Cornwall) because in doing so we are supporting our neighbors economy.

In a nutshell we can buy thing within reason as long as its not I WANT THAT and rather I need that.

Each month I will be posting how we are getting on, the highs, the lows and the stumbling blocks.

Please note our 17 year old has decided to opt out of this challenge

Here’s to a buy nothing new 2015

What’s your challange for 2015?


19 responses to “Buy Nothing New Challenge 2015

  1. This is a great idea – The hardest for me would be gift giving without buying new! I think the trick to these things is planning ahead.. so as not to lead yourself into last minute buying temptations! Good luck 🙂

  2. I think it would be difficult not to buy new school uniform (school emblem on shirts, for example), but then there is buying and buying….

      • That is great.

        I’m not obliged to get clothes with the emblem on, as it happens, but I like it and so it is important for me to continue providing this for my daughter.

    • Yes for us adults but not for our 5 & 6 year old. As I think it’s important to get their feet measured and a good fitting shoe at their age.

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  4. My 14 year old has also opted out! That might prove a challenge for her when I “refuse” to give into expensive and unnecessary wants. I have been considering a buy nothing year for the last two years but have been too afraid to make the commitment but 2015 is the year. I am mentally prepared and looking forward to keeping the money in the bank and finding simple and creative ways for living. Your blog is great. Thank you!

    • Thank you very much Dawn. I know what you mean with you 14 year old, our 17 year old is going to find it difficult as he only has a part time job which he uses his wages for his luxuries and we provided the everyday essentials. But these essentials are not going to be the same possibly as before. Please keep me updated with buy nothing journey on facebook or twitter as I would love to hear how you are getting on.

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  8. I would love to do this but I don’t think my family are quite ready for this. We might start small (like a week) before committing to a year. Last year at Christmas I made a pact with myself that all my presents would be secondhand, handmade or upcycled. I did pretty well although fell down on a couple where I was completely stumped.
    Good luck Emma on your journey, I’ll be watching and learning….oh and go easy on yourself!! 😉

    • Thank you for your support. Last year we tried a month at buying nothing new so we decided to take the plunge and try a year. So far so good but we have only done 3 months. There is still 9 months to go.

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