A very interesting read. I give this book 3.5 stars.
I really wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but the title had me intrigued.
A year without a purchase, is that even possible. I'm really not sure I could manage it.
I did it for a week once, but that was because I was laid up in bed after surgery and my internet was down, so I couldn't shop online.
But yeah once I got started with this, it did turn out to be very interesting. I liked when they were not sure if a purchase was allowed and discussed it together. This task must really be difficult, but when you have kids I imagine its harder still.
I think I may need to try this with my husband. But not sure my 6 year old would understand it.
It does make you think about how much you buy, that really if you think about it, you just don't need. I think if everyone who reads this book, actually thinks next time they go to buy something about if they really need it or not it could save people money.
It has made me think this week while out and about shopping and a couple of times I actually put back what I was going to buy, as I really didn't need that pen to go with the 98 pens in my pencil case. However it didn't work when it come to purchasing books, but come on, if i'm going to manage this for a short while, then I really do need books to keep me busy and stop me from buying.
The Year without a Purchase is the story of one family's quest to stop shopping and start connecting. Scott Dannemiller and his wife, Gabby, are former missionaries who served in Guatemala. Ten years removed from their vow of simple living, they found themselves on a never-ending treadmill of consumption where each purchase created a desire for more and never led to true satisfaction. The difference between needs and wants had grown very fuzzy, and making that distinction clear again would require drastic action: no nonessential purchases for a whole year. No clothes, no books, no new toys for the kids. If they couldn't eat it or use it up within a year (toilet paper and shampoo, for example), they wouldn't buy it.
Filled with humorous wit, curious statistics, and poignant conclusions, the book examines modern America's spending habits and chronicles the highs and lows of dropping out of our consumer culture. As the family bypasses the checkout line to wrestle with the challenges of gift giving, child rearing, and keeping up with the Joneses, they discover important truths about human nature and the secret to finding true joy. The Year without a Purchase offers valuable food for thought for anyone who has ever wanted to reduce stress by shopping less and living more.
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