Money Saved: $1,000
The breakdown would show money spent on gas, groceries, toiletries and other necessities as usual, so I won't bore you with the details.
Projects Completed: LOTS!
1) "KILL MY TELEVISION"
I gave up commercial television in 2005. However, I kept my TV and used it to watch movies and shows on DVD, videocassette and, briefly at the end of 2010, streaming Netflix via Roku player.
After fewer than 6 months of my Not Buying It Project (as well as reading an excellent book called The Age of Missing Information by Bill McKibben), I decided that I didn't need a TV at all...or a VCR...or a DVD player...or a Roku player.
All of my VHS box covers went to Kate Kehoe of Chicaloo Photography and More to make into awesome upcycled notebooks.
I donated dozens of DVDs to Flint Handmade for our DVD Sale.
3) DONATE BOOKS TO THE FLINT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Some of the books I owned did not come up in the half.com system, so I just decided to donate them to the Friends of the Flint Public Libary. They accept donations on the first Saturday of every month from 10am-noon.
4) VISIT FRATZ CONSIGNMENT and WEARS LIKE NEW
In addition to ridding myself of DVDs, CDs and books I no longer use, I am also letting go of a lot housewares and clothes.
I have consigned 20+ household items with Fratz Consignment and 40+ articles of clothing at Wears Like New. Money I earn from these sales will also go into my spinning wheel account.
I have now been "Not Buying It" for over 1/2 year and there are no signs of slowing down! Wish me luck for the rest of July!