This isn't a challenge to see how much you can buy...no.
It's a challenge to see what you can get by without. What you can achieve by using things at home rather than heading to the store to buy something new....you know, reduce, recycle, re-use.
Tina from here suggested the Dottie Challenge the other day after I posted on a new wool coat I'd bought myself from the local op-shop. The Dottie Challenge was first thought of by Tif at Dottie Angel in 2009...so I say, what's good for 2009 is just as relevant for 2011!
I mean really...how many more shoes, dresses, bags, homewares and gadgets does a person really need? I have enough "stuff" to last me a lifetime, and much of it sits in the cupboard.
So, this year I plan to "shop the closet" and the cupboards at Number 10 and check out what the local op-shops have if I need anything.
With a bit of luck it'll mean the bank balance grows a little, my cupboards will (eventually) empty a little and I'll be a little less reliant on retail therapy to get me through the days/weeks/months.
There is something I draw the line at though: second hand socks and undies! Used intimate apparel is a no-no as far as I'm concerned and, if a major appliance, like the fridge or washing machine goes kaput, they WILL be replaced! But that's about it.
It's not going to be easy for me, especially seeing I have access to so many discount stores and outlets, but hey, they'll still be around in 2012. I'd be interested to hear any ideas you have to help get through a retail challenge year....all suggestion gratefully accepted.