I just want to share that I’m about to plunge into No-Spend February, not a very elegant title, but the 4th year in a row I’ve done this.

Strangely enough, it feels good.

Here are my reasons:

  • After spending too much on holiday gifts, it’s a relief to leave cash in my bank account instead.
  • Instagram doesn’t get to sell me one more thing. For a while.
  • Not buying stuff frees up loads of time to focus on going outside, doing fun things, making things.
  • I don’t really like to shop.
  • I am a practicing minimalist, with a serious track record in zero waste. For me, less truly is more. I really like it.

Here are my rules:

  • I can’t buy anything except food, medicine, and supplements, or whatever I can’t currently imagine but that it turns out I really NEED. Unfortunately, that doesn’t include books.

That’s about it.

I find that I’m glad when the month is over, but I’m also really glad I did it.

Please let me know if you’ve ever tried, or ever do try, this! Or something even more ambitious.

The author and bookstore owner Ann Patchett once did it for a whole year. She allowed herself to buy books and anything at the grocery store, including flowers. Lovely! But I think I’ll buy flowers after, to celebrate. 🙂


Photo credit: Larisa Birta