The decision hasn't been arrived at lightly. It's an idea I find romantic and after all, there are so many benefits to taking this stance - generating extra savings to be used for paying off the mortgage and increasing giving, exercising a stand against mass consumerism, practising impulse control and fostering personal discipline to name a few. However, I won't hold you in suspense - the answer is NO!
Firstly I'm not happy about foisting such a major financial decision on the rest of the Lovelygrey family and without their participation the venture would have a decidedly dumbed down ring about it. I'm also thinking about the positive benefits that thoughtful spending can confer on businesses that are in need of support in these hard economic times. Finally, I've got to admit that there are some items that might be considered luxuries I can't, nay, don't want to do without - shoes that don't cause stabbing pain to my feet within a short space of time and my laptop and phone cum organiser cum camera cum addtional brain storage space. If these are beyond repair I'd be really lost!
So I'm formulating an alternative plan for 2011 that falls midway between the extremes denying myself and the family completely and a Viv Nicholson Spend Spend Spend approach. Here it is in its draft form.
- Vigourously explore the possibility of all major purchases being secondhand including the swivel recliner chair that, I believe, is destined to change my life!
- Increase my charitable donations by 50%
- Buy no craft materials for the year unless they're required to finish an existing piece, needed for my jewellery course or bought for Mama Lovelygrey (!).
- Buy no ready made cakes, biscuits or the sneaky Haribo fizzy sweets that I secretly munch in the car.
- There's no need for purchasing any more shop bought clothes other than shoes and underwear for a year.
- Plan all purchases over and above necessities to control impulse buying. Consider the origins and ethics of these when buying.
- Avoid indulging in any new hobbies/interests unless they are free. Similarly don't add any more personal care products to my regime.
- Avoiding excessively packaged on food items.