After an expensive month of birthday celebrations, half-term holidays and very random treats, I am back on my laptop pondering the opportunity to go cold turkey and take a real break from spending. Some people might think I'm totally bonkers....with it being November and the run up to Christmas and all that. But for me it's the perfect time to promise myself that with the exception of food for the family and essential toiletries, I will not buy anything new throughout November.
Over the last few years I've become pretty good at avoiding the temptation to splash out on all forms of consumer crap but I'm aware that in recent months I've thrown more than a few pounds down the drain on stuff that I might not have missed
So given that November 27th is officially BUY NOTHING DAY, I thought that I might as well get into practice and kick off my pledge this afternoon. It'll be good for my bank balance and my pledge to live more sustainably. It's just a shame I didn't think about it earlier, I'd have saved myself a trip into town this morning as well as £14.00 on a child's tennis that I found in a sale. I really should have advertised a request on Freecycle or at least put a shout out at my local bartering group.
Oh well, I'll be better prepared next time and with the silly season ready to hit in full force, at least I'm feeling more relaxed that I won't be caught up in it. I'm just looking forward to emerging again in December, ready to enjoy the more simple aspects of the festive season.
Anyway, if you want to join me in this money-saving challenge and share the idea with your friends, more information about Buy Nothing Day can be found at www.buynothingday.co.uk.