So the 2016 No Buying Resolution is going strong. I didn’t update at the end of July because I thought those posts were getting boring and repetitive. I’ll do a combined update at the end of September for all three months and then an end year update in December. Don’t worry I haven’t fallen off the wagon or anything. 😉
That said with 2017 rolling up fast I’ve been thinking about what I should do next year. Do I go back to my normal pre-2016 routine or do I start another No Buying Resolution for 2017? On the whole I have not minded not buying anything new. The extra money saved has been helpful towards meeting my financial goals and I have not felt deprived at all. Having said that there a few items I’d like to buy. Most notably a new camera.
You may have noticed fewer posts and crappier photos on blog this year. My quality point ‘n shoot died leaving me with a waterproof mediocre point ‘n shoot plus my DSLR. Carrying the DSLR on fast and light missions is zero fun and it takes too long to deploy so that leaves the crappy waterproof camera. Hence the poor images and my lack of stoke to post more.
So my thought is to do the following for 2017:
- during 2016 collect a list of items that seem worth buying
- ponder on the list and prioritize the items
- at end of 2016 decide upon a budget for new items
- in Jan 2017 buy items on list in order of priority up to the total value of budget
- start a No Buying Resolution for 2017
- repeat steps above
This process allows me to buy some new stuff each year, but only to a fixed value and only after many months of consideration. That takes the impulse buying/retail therapy urge out of the equation so my choices should be better.
That’s my plan for now! 🙂