45 days later...here's my update on how it goes when one (ok me!) goes about the business of not-buying.
GAHHHH. I was doing great until this week, at which point I freaked out! I have been working on cutting down on coffee, not eating "white" stuff, work is crazy, home is crazy...I somehow exploded from having so many rules!! I've still only bought a few new things (blender, frame, reusable sandwich pouch), and I am enjoying the peacefulness of slowing down and using what I've got instead of rushing out for more. Plus, I have spent much less money due to my committment to less new stuff.
I am proud of my efforts, and I intend to hold on to the habits I've developed thus far, including:
*getting amazing BRAND NEW items at garage sale for change
*using Ebay/Goodwill for nearly-new and awesome clothes
*trading cupcakes for clothes!!
*making my own wrapping materials for gifts
*"shopping" around my house before I buy or aquire something new
Best purchase in the last 45 days: tickets to see Ani DiFranco!!!!!!!!!!!WHOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!
I still haven't bought any new clothes, and I don't see a reason to thus far. House stuff and gifts seem to be a sometimes situation. Onward to more adventures in creative consumption!