The Year without a Purchase: One Family's Quest to Stop Shopping and Start Connecting
by Scott Dannemiller
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Scott Dannemiller and his wife decided to go a full year without purchasing anything other than necessities — that is, groceries, toilet paper, and the like. That means when the toaster oven started acting up, they didn’t replace it. When their kids had birthday parties to attend, gifts were science experiments that could be assembled with groceries. When Dannemiller needed tight underwear for after his vasectomy… well, I don’t want to give everything away. You’ll have to read the book to see how he solved that dilemma.
Did I mention that they made it through the entire year without telling their kids what they were doing?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Year Without a Purchase. Seeing how Dannemiller and his wife got through the year by repurposing items they already had, sharing with family, or going without spurred me to look at my own spending behavior to see where I might be living in excess. I love when books get me to consider my habits.
Dannemiller approached telling his story with good humor, and I found myself giggling throughout the book. Funny is always a plus in my opinion.
He is a Christian and has styled this book to include Bible verses at the beginning of each chapter, and alludes to his beliefs sporadically with a final tie-in in the epilogue. Even if your beliefs differ, this book is worth reading.
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