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Could you go an entire month without buying anything new?

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Today marks the start of the annual campaign 'Buy Nothing New Month', which challenges Australians to stop buying new for the month of October.



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It is an idea that suggests we shouldn't go without, but we should think about what we are buying, taking into consideration the questions "Do I really need it?", “Can I get it second-hand" or "Could I borrow it?"

My question to you is, do you think you could go an entire month without buying anything new? (with the exception of essentials such as food, hygiene and medicines)

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With a shift in priorities/values systems, you most certainly can :)

Buy Nothing New Month is a perfect example.

To begin with, de-clutter and/or sort out your wardrobe, and you'll find that there is some love that remains in some unworn items.
I'm sure I could excluding groceries!
Taking into account our consumer-driven world, this is a chance when we can really think about not only saving money but also our environment. I'm all for it, and think its quite easy to stop buying new for a month, but I'm thinking it might not be as easy for some?
I've never heard of buy nothing new month before! That's really interesting...I've already bought a new cookbook on the first day of the month....don't think I'd be very good at this :(
Oh for goodness sakes!
I never buy anything new each month anyway.
I love second hand stuff, and really all we do is consume - consume - consume.
I do think it is funny....(what will happen to the stores if no one buys for the month of Oct) 'slight smile' :/ will they go broke!
Yup, it's possible. Just avoid window shopping all together.

No. I try to, and I love the idea. But I'm bad....:(
Since I don't have a great deal of money, I think right now it would be very easy for me not to buy anything 'new' unless I really have to buy something.
Easily! I look for bargains anyways when I need something in the house and second-hand websites are a great way to save money on otherwise expensive household items (and you save the tax as well).
Not a problem for me. I can't believe the number of folk who see shopping as a fulfilling outing. Get a life. The only excuse for spending the day in a shopping centre is for someone else to pay for your air conditioning. Take along a good book and broaden your minds.
Of course, I do it all the time. Though there are months that I buy a lot of new stuff, so perhaps that cancels out the months I don't buy anything.
by Vee
I rarely buy anything for myself so this wouldn't be a problem for me. I like to wear my clothes out before I buy new
Cloths? YES, Food? NO
I think I could,it's mostly clothes and accessories that I buy.
I already go for months without buying anything new so a particular allocated month of not buying would make no difference to me.
Yes. I'm not really a fan of shopping.
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