Here are my outfits from this weekend and today:
Turtleneck tunic sweater, skinny jeans, and riding boots = one of my uniform outfits.
Brown cowl sweater, jeans, and metallic booties = another uniform outfit.
Here I mixed it up a bit with a cream turtleneck sweater, galaxy skirt, fleece-lined leggings (I found mine at Walmart, at $8 for a two-pack!), and booties. Secretly, it's kind of my uniform anyway: comfy sweater, cozy leggings, and boots (plus a comfortable skirt on top). But it looks different from my usual!
I also want to tell you about a book that I'm re-reading. I've read it a few times before, and I always find it inspiring and thought-provoking. It's Not Buying It by Judith Levine. For the year of 2003, Judith and her partner, Paul, decided to give up shopping. They pledged to buy only necessities for the full year. They debated and defined for themselves what constituted necessities for them (should we use toilet paper to blow our noses, or do we need kleenex?)
Now, the book itself is dated. Judith talks a lot about 2004 politics (George W. Bush was president, the country was still thinking a lot about 9/11, etc...) and she is politically very left-leaning, which works for me, but isn't for everyone. I still really like it today, and I'm reading it for the fifth time, so I think it holds up.
Even if it doesn't appeal to you, the things that I think could be useful for all of us to think about and talk about are:
1. What constitute neccesseties to you? If you only bought neccessities, what would be off-limits? Processed food that you could make at home? Desserts? Alcohol? Restaurant meals? Can you replace worn-out clothes, or would you have to make do with something you already have?
For Judith and Paul, entertainment was much-missed. Would you give up cable tv? Movies? Live music?
2. How long could you go without buying anything superfluous (by choice, not because you didn't have the money?) I think I might try a month of not buying it and see how it goes. If I don't go to Target, that would make it a lot easier. The next biggest challenge would be the grocery store, which is full of toys and tempting treats that my kids want, want, want! I think my strategy will be to shop alone when Jason is home with the kids. It could be great to break the habit of throwing one more thing in the cart.
3. Would you make any exceptions? How about special occasions? Gifts for other people? Could I have Jason buy things like presents for other kids' birthday parties?
Do you think you'll give Not Buying It a try sometime this year?