It’s that time of year again. The season of Black Friday sales and the slow trickle of tax documents.
And a horrible urge* to try a Year Without Shopping (YWS). according to my field notes, it consists of the following “rules”:
- No new additions to the wardrobe
- No new _______ until current supply of _________ is used up
- No entertainment purchases with the exception of experiences (This seems to be popular loophole; for example a learning experience or roadtrip.)
If anything breaks or wears beyond prepare, there is a process:
- Buy used
I have already incorporated some practices into daily life. However, I’m daunted by the idea of committing to no sales or no stocking up. And there’s the haunting sense that once I commit to it, sinister stars will align to break various necessities…
But I’m going to do it anyway. This coming week, I will make a list of five (5!) planned expenditures. Wish me luck.
*By “horrible urge,” I mean a horribly sweet Puerto Rican has been urging me to follow his footsteps, if not hus vagabond ways.