Surviving a year without shopping

12/24/08 Robert Lorei
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In Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping, Judith Levine chronicles her and her partner Paul’s progress—and setbacks—over an entire year of not spending. No new clothes, dinners out, books, films, or even processed foods: they bought just raw ingredients and household necessities.

One of the Wall Street Journal’s five best books on consumer culture, the Los Angeles Times said, “What makes Not Buying It stand out among the many books about consumerism is the personal approach."

I spoke with Judith Levine about why she chose to go a year without shopping and how it changed her outlook on consumerism and how it benefited her personally.

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