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Frugalism,  General,  Minimalism,  Zero Waste

I Don’t Buy Anything!

 Book cover: I'm not buying anything!

That was the name of a book I read a few years ago. The author Nunu Kaller reports in this about her refusal to consume: A year without new clothes and styling accessories. Fortunately, I have no shopping problem at all when it comes to clothing, but – perhaps rather untypical for “cliché girls” – but with the purchase of new technical gadgets. I have now made myself clear about that more under control. The extensive sale of superfluous things does something to you.

The more I deal with the topics of minimalism and frugalism, the easier it is for me to imagine doing the same as the author, albeit with reference to general consumption.

Stop unnecessary consumption and costs

In order not to fall under this must-have feeling again and again, I have already spoken to the inspiring newsletters like Kickstarter and Indigogo unsubscribed. The associated apps are also no longer on the phone. I also deleted the Amazon app from my smartphone. I will keep my cheap Prime Student account as long as I am a student, as it is still financially worthwhile. I bought the account a few years ago because it included a one-year subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud at an unbeatable price. So the whole thing had more than paid off. Since I don’t really want to support the shipping giant anymore and generally don’t want to consume unnecessarily, I will reduce the orders there to almost zero.

Cancel subscriptions

Because it was so practical and at first quite cheap, at some point I let myself be tempted to use a Audible contract (as a student it was half a year for half the price). Due to a lack of time, I mostly used audio books instead of books, which are easy to listen to while doing housework or similar. In between, I didn’t even get around to it, so that finally 13 expensive credits had accumulated. That’s why I wanted to cancel the whole thing back then. Because I would then have lost the credit, I left it for now. During the great mucking out, accompanied by audio books, I was able to reduce my credit to two. I have now converted these into two audio books. With this I was finally able to end the monthly costs of € 9.95 (almost € 120 a year!) With a termination. The audiobooks already purchased will be retained. Instead, I will now hear more podcasts or via the Onleihe borrowed or simply bought audio books.

Do I really need it?

This question should always be asked not only when mucking out, but also when planning to buy or when booking any (software) subscriptions. This can prevent you from being tempted to make impulse purchases. These only make you spend too much money and still accumulate unnecessary things. For this month I’ve already decided not to buy anything. I have everything I need.
Unfortunately, after a few days I had to restrict this project slightly by adding an objection: “… unless it is really important!”

Connection an iPad protective film

The limitation came after I had to unfortunately find out that the screen of my iPad had cracked (no idea why, it didn’t fall off). A repair seems too expensive to me, especially since it still works. But to prevent moisture from penetrating or the crack enlarging, I got a protective glass film.
My colored printer cartridges are also all gone. Unfortunately, I have to find a replacement here as well. However, I am postponing this for the time being by only printing in black and white at times.

 less consumption: printer on an otherwise empty shelf

Used is also possible!

I know it doesn’t always work. But the question of whether the item, if you really need it, cannot also be acquired second hand, arises for various reasons.

  • Price savings
  • Avoidance of waste
  • Energy saving

I owned a few things that I bought second-hand and could often sell for a similar price after a few years of use. It was used with little or no loss of value.

Consumption withdrawal

It will probably not work without buying one or the other. Too much is currently in upheaval for that, whereby we tend to get rid of than buy. I have sold, donated, given away, or simply thrown away very, very many things. A replacement was required for a few parts that meet new requirements. But here I also bet on Do it Yourself. Now I have a stand that I would describe as very far. So I can dare to try not to buy anything for the rest of the month, but rather to see what can still go away.

Postpone acquisitions

A nice trick to protect yourself against spontaneous purchases is to write down the planned purchase on a kind of wish list. You can then plan a certain period of time that must pass before you think about buying this part again. Often you notice that you don’t need the item after all. In the case of expensive requests, you could also use the time to put money back specifically so that you don’t have to buy on credit . I am considering making the trial period also dependent on the price. For example like this:

  • < 10 €: 3 days
  • < 20 €: 1 week
  • < 50 €: 2 weeks
  • < 100 €: 1 month
  • > 100 €: 6 weeks and more

Anticipation instead of consumption

That also has a nice side effect: If the firm decision has been made to buy the desired part because you need it or because it means something to you, you can really look forward to it until the waiting time has expired.
This is my plan now: In the basement and attic, I am now also in the process of applying minimalism standards and wanting to get rid of a lot. In order to gain space here, too, I would like to have a small shelf each that allows the remaining boxes or their contents (e.g. folders) to be neatly and practically raised instead of wide. This also makes it much easier to get to the content and can check it regularly with regard to the need for further storage. Incidentally, we would even have plenty of space in the basement for the bikes and we could look forward to being tidy here too.

To be continued …

I won’t buy these shelves until next month, also used if I like. Until then, I can prepare everything, so keep mucking out, reorganizing, etc. Who knows, maybe the boxes will all be gone and the shelves will no longer be necessary !? In the next month I can look forward to a new and airier cellar and attic. I am also planning a DIY, which I will tell you about next month.

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