A couple of years ago I came across the concept of a 30 day challenge: Trying something new or changing one aspect in your life for 30 days to find out what effect it has on you and your environment.
Whether you do it to introduce a permanent change, a new habit or to only give something a try does not really matter. It certainly keeps life interesting and helps with the reflection of it.
With the month of July I decided to pick up the 30 day challenge idea again and focus the first one to my consumption and impulse buying behaviour.
I buy lot of none essential things and I often buy them impulsively. While this is not creating any financial trouble for me – so far I was able to avoid Porsche dealerships – I want to review this habit and see if there is no a better way.
Overall I could save some more money and one day invest it into a bigger, more satisfying experience like taking my family on a longer vacation to a distant and exotic part of the world like Africa or Asia. Or just get closer to my goal of either building or renovating a very special, sustainable house.
Many non-essentials I spend money on are often redundant to things I already own. Just the "a little bit better version" of what I have. Applications are a wonderful example: The iOS stock apps work perfectly okay for 80-90% of all use cases and people. The 26th weather app you purchase will not make the weather any better anyway.
So for the month of July I will avoid all non-essential purchases and instead of opening my (digital) wallet, I will just post the things I would have bought on my Tumblr which I just revived and cleaned up .
If you feel you could as well do with a little more sustainable consumption behaviour or at least take some time to reflect on yours follow along with #thingsididnotbuy.