not shopping fast, but a shopping fast.
recently, i read the story of dara and jon kurtz who just completed a one-year shopping fast. you can read more of their story here or in the september 2009 edition of redbook magazine.
the family of four (husband, wife, 9-year old daughter, 6-year old daughter) developed five rules for their one-year shopping freeze which began on february 15, 2008. the rules included: 1) no purchases for one year, 2) back to school clothes for the girls were allowed, 3) gifts could only be books, giftcards, or homemade items, 4) purchasing make-up was allowed, and 5) any form of family entertainment was allowed – and encouraged.
my hat’s off to the kurz family. our family has made similar commitments in the past, but never for one year. we once committed to a 2-week shopping freeze (groceries and all) until the credit card billing cycle ended. we once went for a 3-week commitment (groceries exempt) until the end of a month. and we have completed numerous other short-term commitments in the past. but for the kurtz family to commit to a full-year freeze and complete the task is very impressive.
i’m not drawing attention to their journey for the sake of challenging you to do the same. instead, i am commenting on their journey to draw attention to the results that they listed:
- “not being consumed with shopping gave me time to think about what i most valued in life”
- “i realized that there were external distractions that took my time away from my family”
- “both kids are more appreciative”
- “it made our family closer and happier”
- “life feels simpler and sweeter”
and anyone who has traveled the journey to a less materialistic life will attest to the same. maybe there really is something magical to this idea of becoming minimalist…