So, a few folks have asked how my year of buying nothing is progressing. Overall, things are going well. I find that I most definitely shop less, do not shop recreationally, and have more time for reading, catching up with friends, and exercising.
I have allowed myself two “spending” areas:
I have—for years—been trying to get on the digital reading bandwagon, and while I can definitely see the advantages, there are many more disadvantages that just don’t pay off for me. I’ve gone back to reading actual books, and it’s amazing that I have been reading more, and reading things that are better quality.
Outside of those two areas, I can say that I don’t think I have spent much or purchased anything that isn’t consumable or a book. So, the short report: so far, so good!