There’s been a bit of radio silence here at London Minimalists for a week because it has been a crazy week.
For those of you who don’t follow us on Twitter, I’ve embarked on a no spend challenge and will be writing about it for the Guardian. The first article went up on Thursday (26 Nov) and the challenge started on Black Friday (27 Nov).
You can read the full article on the Guardian website but the gist of the challenge is I can’t spend any money other than on my bills or essential food and toiletries for a whole year.
The good people of Twitter (my personal Twitter account is @mmcgagh and the London Minimalists tweet @LDNminimalists) and the readers of the Guardian have given me a food budget of £30 per week. Frank isn’t doing the challenge but he has agreed to do the food challenge part so our joint budget will be £60 per week.
(NB. We did our first shop on Saturday and only spent £38 but the remaining £22 won’t be going on any luxuries like wine or chocolate.)
The story has been picked up extensively in the UK and I spent the weekend on radio and TV shows and have a couple more to do this week. Like I said; a crazy week.
In all the manic rushing around, what has been the most brilliant thing for me is all the support I’ve had via this blog, Twitter and email: people telling me that they read the article and it resonated with them and they want to get involved.
There are people who have agreed to give up buying clothes or gadgets, or not spend anything at all, for different timeframes: some a day, some a week, some a month.
The timeframe and how much you give up doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter if you don’t give up anything at all, but what does matter is that people are thinking about what they spend.
I’ve been guilty of mindless purchasing for a long time and it’s a hard habit to break; a coffee here, a book there, you don’t think about it.
Now I’m planning on breaking that habit for good by doing something that’s extreme. It would be great if others want to get involved, or just share their tips on how to survive the next year – I think it’s going to be just as crazy as the first week!