Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping by Judith Levine.
So far I've read about the first three months of their experiment, and my first impulse is to feel like a slacker! Their rules are more stringent regarding food (no convenience foods), and they may not spend on entertainment. Yikes.
Food and entertainment. Hmm.
We have one food rule: Eating out is limited to once per week. Other than that, nothing is forbidden, although we are paying more attention to managing what we have and cutting down on waste. Our shopping lists are (and always have been) pretty basic anyway.
As for entertainment, if we receive an invitation to do something, there is no way I'm going to decline because of some stupid spending project. On our own, Ger and I are a pretty cheap date. I don't feel our entertainment choices are motivated by consumerism--we don't run out to see the latest movies or get lured in by Groupon offers for half-price wine tastings--so I saw no reason to include them in the No-Thing New project. If anything, I'm hoping that less shopping means more time doing other things, so if I have to pay for a ticket or admission, so be it.
How do you feel about food and entertainment? Do you think it's a mistake to exclude them from the project?