Eden Hensley, one of my students, started a project I found so irresistable that I’ve joined it. Rather than rewrite the wheel, here is the project in her words on her blog, Road to the Good Life:
The Mindful Consumption Challenge
It’s said that money won’t buy happiness. Yet, the US economy is fueled by consumer spending. More pointedly by ego — the constant need to keep up with “The Joneses.” Find out if you’re immune.
Mantra of the Mindful Consumer
- I will only buy things that I need.
- I will only buy things that I have budgeted for.
- For things I am considering buying or planning to buy:
- I will only buy things that I envision having for at least five years.
- I will only buy things that I really, truly love or that intrigue me.
- I will end the year with either the same amount of possessions I started the year with or with fewer possessions.
- I will gift or donate possessions
- that I haven’t worn or used in over a year.
- that I need to have altered before it fits or fixed before it works.
Each time you’re tempted to get something you don’t need or that’s not in the budget, remind yourself of what you have. In the month of November,
- Record each personal or nonessential item that you buy and its cost. Clothing, makeup, accessories, home decor, gadgets, etc. are counted. Food, garbage bags, cleaning supplies, etc. aren’t counted.
- Keep yourself accountable. Each time you’re tempted to get something you don’t need:
- Tweet what you want with what you’re thankful for with the hash tag #havenotwantchallenge
- Share a photo collage of what you want with what you’re thankful for on Instagram use the hash tag #havenotwantchallenge
- Share your “true” savings for November. Record each item that you wanted, but didn’t need and didn’t purchase, write it and its cost down. Remember to include sales tax. Tally the avoided purchases to calculate how much you saved. Unlike “savings” from retail sales, this translates to an increase of actual money in your savings account.
- Share your purchase history for November. Katie has shared herAugust and September purchase histories.
Hi, it’s Rabbi Adar again. If you are interested in participating, you can go to Eden’s blog entry to sign up. Just click THIS LINK and leave her a reply.
In case you are wondering what this has to do with Judaism, mindful consumption is a mitzvah. If you want the Hebrew, it’s Lo Tashkheit: You shall not destroy, or waste.
I invite you to join me in not wasting, in becoming a more mindful consumer this November!
- I’ve Said “Yes” To The Mindful Consumption Challenge (seekingquerencia.wordpress.com)