My first "year of buying nothing" started the second day of January in 2010. I was back in southern Ontario after two years in South Korea, and I was working part-time at a local Chapters bookstore. I got the idea from a radio story about a family who had challenged themselves to go a year without buying anything. I was driving home when I heard this on the radio, and I realized Christmas had just passed the week before: I had everything I needed. And more.
So in 2017, after taking a look at my apartment and everything that's in it, I've decided to give it another shot.