I Don’t Need To Buy Anything Today

Yesterday was a no-buy day, the day before that too.

I don’t need to buy anything today either, most days we buy nothing – not in person, nor online – except for when market day rolls around, then we simply buy food. We don’t have time for much consuming, we are busy living.

We aren’t forced to watch commercials because we don’t own a television, we don’t receive junk in our mail – upon request, we don’t subscribe to any magazines and billboards are only found in the city.

Most days we have all that we need at home.

We have autumn leaves to entertain us, a garden to winterize, words to keep our minds active and busy, rope to sew, firewood to split and organic coffee to brew.

Today I don't need to buy anything. We have acorns to organize, stories to read over and over again, we have the time to paint, to think, to laugh, to be.

We have the time for each other.

Are we a bit selfish to not be active players in this game called commerce? The possible answers are yes, no, maybe and sometimes. It all depends on who you ask.

It used to bother me a decade ago when I went a couple of weeks without buying something for myself. When shopping becomes a regular pastime activity, we all know where the excess stuff goes – straight to the closet.

These days I don’t even own a closet and as a budding eco-minimalist I can go months, even years(!), buying nothing more than the essentials. The desire to craft what I/we want and need is greater than the luxurious act of shopping.

Take a day off from buying anything, then make it two days in a row. Go grocery shopping once a week, learn to plan and stock your pantry and cupboards. Then go out into the world, grab your daily routine by the handles of your reusable shopping bag, swing it into the closet and take a break!

Get back to life by going for a walk without technology, make up stories, talk in funny voices or take a nap.

Do what you enjoy, being ever so grateful for the things that you already have.

What “little things in life” are entertaining you today?


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  1. says

    Taking my 4 year old daughter to the park and watching her and other children play, playing cards and catching up on housework keep me busy along with preparing our meals for the day all keep me entertained without going out to buy things we do not need or have a use for.

    • Cheryl says

      Yes! There are always things to keep us busy, so busy in fact that the thought of purchasing never even enters the equation. Just one of those days and really wanted to share.

  2. says

    Love this!

    Today we were entertained by the most lovely walk in the woods on the most beautiful autumn day with friends. Kids running and laughing, adults chatting and enjoying time together. It was pretty perfect. I did have to visit the grocery store, Wednesday is our shopping day, and then home.

    I like the idea of a no shopping day set with intention. I dislike shopping so don’t do it very often, but there is no intent there, it is just basically because I don’t like to shop. I think a few intentional no shopping/buying days are in order around here. Thanks!

    • Cheryl says

      I have never been much of a shopper either and in recent years I have really started to question the intent behind every purchase we make. We don’t spend more than we have, that is the bottom line, but every now and then we do splurge on some organic chocolate or biodynamic wine. Some days though it is good to set that intention – enough is enough and just be happy!

    • Cheryl says

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Loving the many homeschooling links on your blog :) it is wonderful to see children being creative and learning for the sake of gathering knowledge and enjoying life while doing it.

  3. says

    Hi Cheryl. I love this post and your blog. I am not a consumer and try to live as simply a life as I can. Connecting with those we love is the most important thing we can do. Wishing you and your family a fabulous day.