Saturday, November 13, 2010

Not Buying It

I bought the book "Not Buying It" by Judith Levine recently and was pretty excited about reading it. This week I finally had some time and I must say I am a little disappointed.

I don't know what I was expecting, but I found it hard to really get into. It is about her year of not buying anything unneccessary, which she does pretty well at, but I just can't seem to connect with her through the book. I like to connect with characters in a book I am reading, especially if it an about me/something I did book and I don't get that with it.

I do think it is a great idea and she does very well at it. I think more people should re-evaluate their lives and consider buying less.

I didn't agree with some of her tactics such as letting friends pay for everything. Her friends knew the "only way" to spend time with her was to pay for her. I disagree. She could have sought a variety of ways to entertain for free instead of having them pay all the time.

I just found th ebook to not really flow well and I just couldn't get into it. If it is on your list of books to read I would reccommend getting it from the library (like I should have).


  1. It's kind of ironic, isn't it? Buying a book about not buying anything, when you can borrow it from a library. ;)

  2. lol, yeah I know. I had a gift card I had to use and nothing I really wanted. I was recommended the book. Least it was cheap! lol. :)

  3. Sounds like my neighbour, she seems to get away with paying for almost nothing...

    I want to do one of these though, maybe it would be a good new years res lol. Except no spend is a bit extreme. Maybe a $500 limit on non bill/ food etc spending for year. Which would include clothes, entertainment, presents for others, things I wanted etc.

    Would be great way to get creative and save money as that is about $10 week spending money ...

  4. I thought about the book but thought against it. I'm doing my year of no wardrobe purchases and what really helps is not having friends to tempt you with clothing :P

    I agree that mooching off friends = not a good idea. Entertain for cheap at home. And have a little fun, just under a budget.


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