August 22, 2018

Minimalism vs. Online Shopping

While my own experiment with minimalism in shopping continues, the affluent side of America is experimenting with a different approach to minimizing shopping.

June 26, 2018

Three Months of Minimal Shopping

I have now been through almost three months of minimal shopping, and it is only now that the refrigerator is starting to look empty. It seems a good moment to summarize where I have been so far.

May 27, 2018

The Bacon Project

I had five pounds of bacon in the freezer, a gift from a friend of a friend who had moved to another state. Normally, I would never eat bacon. Besides the well-known health risks, bacon tastes like a burned-out building. I wonder sometimes why it even exists. But, hey, free food tastes better, right?

May 05, 2018

Shopping and Procrastination

“You already have everything you need,” is a statement I have heard so often it has become a cliché. What it really means, I’ve decided, is, “Go ahead. Do something. Try something. Don’t be afraid to get started. Take action. Use what you have. Use what you know. You can make it happen.”

Looking at it this way, this idea can seem to be the opposite of procrastination. You don’t need to wait for something more to show up. The best thing you can do is to take action now.

Hear the same words in a slightly more literal sense, though, and you could just as easily take them as the opposite of shopping. Shopping, after all, is premised on the idea, “There is something more you need.” When you can’t find a reason to go shopping, that implies that you already have everything you need. When you decide you need something more, that is when you go shopping.

So maybe, in a funny way, shopping is the equivalent of procrastination.

April 30, 2018

A Month Without Shopping

I have reached the end of my month without shopping. It did not go exactly the way I planned, but that was the point — to find out what would happen.

April 25, 2018

The New Shoes

When I took on the challenge of going for a month without shopping, I felt sure that something would break during the month and I would have to buy a replacement. I did not know what that might be, but I was certainly not thinking of running shoes.

April 24, 2018

The Year of Less

The idea of going without shopping or spending for a month came to me in March after reading a book by a blogger who took on a more limited shopping moratorium that lasted for a year. It is only right that I should tell you about the book.

April 10, 2018

Minimalism on YouTube

There is a great deal we can all learn from minimalism, most of all from the people who have gone to the trouble of creating a minimalist lifestyle for themselves. They have done the study and research to discover how one thing can take the place of two and how a smaller effort can take the place of a larger effort.