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No sales update

1 week of the no sales project completed and so far, so good. Not that its been easy though.

Last week saw a few necessary supermarket shopping trips, which meant avoiding all those mega bargain dvd’s and cd’s. Temptation is always pretty big here at the best of times, because they’re so cheap and you can always find room for another dvd, right? There’s a lot to be said for pushing your trolley through those aisles as fast as possible, or not going down them at all!

Petrol stations have their own strange temptations too. It’s all too easy to pick up some chocolate on the way to the till and chocolate is a definite weakness of mine. Do I need it? No, but its definitely been difficult to walk past.

The hardest part of the project to keep to so far has been not causing anything to be bought for you. If someone buys you a present and you didn’t know about it then that’s great, enjoy, but if you’re in a shop and a friend asks you “would you like….” its difficult to say no and not appear ungracious. A little “thanks but no thanks” explanation goes a long way here.

Today has had particular temptations, in the form of a coffee shop trip, followed by a book shop – both huge weak points! Maintaining the big yes to simple hospitality a basic cappucino instead of my usual all singing, all dancing mega cup didn’t diminish my enjoyment of cafe culture at all and in some ways made me appreciate it more. It’s not about the coffee, its about enjoying the moment with the people you’re with. The book shop was thankfully easier than I thought it would be, but I definitely had to stop myself from looking too much!

On the whole sticking with the project hasn’t been easy, but its definitely been easier than I thought it would be. Lets hope its not uphill from here. I’ll keep you posted.


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January No Sales

My first project of 2006 – January No Sales.

January used to be the time of the sales, although in recent years everything kicks off straight after Christmas! Well I’m issuing a challenge to myself to do something different this January. I’m far too realistic about the number of visitors this blog has to say its a challenge to anyone else, but hey, if you happen to read this, give it some thought, you never know.

January No Sales

For one month to buy nothing, except for food and essential medical supplies and (of course) paying the bills.
To cause nothing to be bought for you.

To say “NO” to increasing your debt burden.

To say no to I am what I have.

To say yes to appreciating what you have.

To say yes to enjoying what you can for free.

To reduce what you consume.

To switch off, unplug and slow down.

To reduce your impact on the world.

To say yes to simplicity and a big yes to hospitality. Simple hospitality.

To say no to what the world tells you that you should have and say yes to what your heart tells you that you need – peace, quiet, stress-free, time, space.

For one month to stop buying. Just stop. Beyond your immediate physical needs, no excuses.

Use the time that you spend shopping or looking for things to spend your money on to do something completely free, either online, or in real life.

Build community, online or in real life.

Stop spending.

Just for one month.

Just stop.

So, that’s my January No Sales project. I’ll be posting on how its going and sharing some of the great free stuff I’ve found and if anyone felt like keeping me company on the way, that would be great!

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