Year of Not Buying Stuff, Update 2

We’re more than two months in! And, perhaps not too surprisingly, The Year of Not Buying Stuff has already hit some snags. We’re human, right? Well, here’s the dirt.

Sean’s purchases: a baseball cap, a game (Cards Against Humanity plus one expansion pack). 

hat and cards

My purchases: books for school, notebooks for school, a set of cute bookends that look like old-fashioned school desks, and a 1999 Toyota 4Runner. Heheh. Oops! 


Technically, according to the terms set forth in the original “rules,” the hat, school supplies, and books are all “legal” purchases because they are either required for school or replacement items/required for work. And I guess, since the 4Runner is a replacement for my trust old Tacoma (*sniffle weep*), that’s a “legal” purchase.

The game and the bookends are both “illegal” purchases. For these, I have atoned by making scarf hooks out of recycled egg cartons. About a week after this challenge began, I realized that I had no idea where my scarves were, and fall was coming up. So I turned to the Place From Whence All Answers Come (yeah, the internet) and found some tips for turning the 20 egg cartons that I’ve been refusing to throw away into something useful…in this case, a sort of paper mache.

After a couple of failed attempts, I came up with this idea.


They consist of a blob of egg carton mache, squished into some kind of shape, with a piece of wire hanger stuck into the middle, baked until they were dry, and spray-painted. Once the paper mache has completely dried, I was able to drill small holes in it to secure them to the walls! And now my scarves have a home that’s slightly more organized than “a pile on the cedar chest.”

I have to say, there have definitely been some moments where I was sorely tempted to just go and buy something new. Like when I broke my blender making the paper mache for the hooks…but, it can be repaired! And so can the sandals and two pairs of boots and the bag that I took to the repair shop the other day.

I do have to say, the creative satisfaction (albeit small) of coming up with an unconventional solution to a “need” beats the hell out of retail therapy.

Love, peace, and 10 months to go,

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