Buy Nothing Challenge

1 May

You may have read earlier in the week that I set myself a challenge to see if it was possible to have 4 minute showers in an attempt to cut water and electricity consumption. Well, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m too lazy to do it, which is an awful excuse because people’s laziness is the reason the whole world is in environmental chaos. I’m going to work on it though. I’m just far to sleepy in the mornings to move my limbs that fast without stopping and staring into space for the allotted 4 minutes! Don’t say you don’t do it too!


Anyway, Josh and I have agreed to try a new challenge for this month based on Crunchy Chicken’s challenge for April. The car insurance renewal has hit our April budget hard so this new challenge should help us recoup a bit of that money.

The Buy Nothing Challenge does what it says on the tin. Other than food, medication and any other essentials we will buy nothing for the month of May.


This means


  • No new clothes
  • No gadgets
  • No furniture or housewares
  • No salon services
  • No eating out or luxury snacks


If we do have to buy something non edible we must try to borrow it, barter, or buy it used.


Crunchy Chicken also suggested weekly confessionals, so that’s what we’ll be doing too – letting you know if we have been naughty. To be honest we don’t buy many clothes/ gadgets but I think we may fall down on not eating out!


If you’re up for it too (and like us were too late to join in with the April challenge!) then let us know!


4 Responses to “Buy Nothing Challenge”

  1. Ashley June 11, 2008 at 8:18 pm #

    Wow, I can’t believe you are doing this for a full month!! I am currently on day 3 of a week and I am already starting to feel the pressure to purchase! I got my idea from this article in the Washington Post. There is a link on my blog to this article. It has 7 tips on how to live a frugal life which come from the author of “The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to Ture Riches”, Jeff Yeager. He is pretty inspirational from the limited amount I have read about him!

  2. psa37 June 12, 2008 at 8:24 am #

    Hehe, I found it very hard and failed many times! But it did make a difference and it was good to see what we could live without.

    I will check out the link on your website. Thanks for the comment!


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