A few people have approached me over the last year regarding my non-shopping journey, though none quite so inspirational as this young lady.
Meet Kim McLeod. She’s vowed that 2016 will be her year of killing consumerism, so she’s sworn off buying all those little luxuries that we’ve convinced ourselves are ‘needs.’
Here’s what she has to say about her journey so far:
1. What has been the most surprising thing? The feeling of walking away from a sale and how quickly I forget about it. When the option to buy something is eliminated it’s kind of freeing!
2. Hardest thing not to buy? Clothes and jewellery! I’m not a big spender, but I never walk away from a sale!
3. Why did you commit to a year of no shopping? I did it because I didn’t think I could and wanted to challenge myself. I wanted to be in control and be able to walk away from a sale. I already have so much stuff and, after visiting Nepal and seeing how content people are with so little, I realized I’d rather save money so I can bless others rather than accumulating things. I also feel like I’ve been called to live simply so after I saw you do it I thought I needed to at least try.
4. What used to be your biggest shopping weakness? Online shopping. Darn those Facebook adverts!
5. No 1 tip for quitting shopping? Avoid all shops. So far so good.