Woman celebrates one year without buying ANYTHING she 'didn't need'

Woman celebrates one year without buying ANYTHING she 'didn't need'

Woman celebrates one year of not buying ANYTHING she ‘didn’t need’ after being inspired by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet (and she saved more than £1,600)

  • Becky Dell, from London, started challenge after watching David Attenborough
  • Saw Blue Planet last Christmas and decided not to anything she ‘didn’t need’
  • Said she could buy herself food, drink and basic toiletries, but nothing else
  • Ended up saving £1,621.69 with the challenge, which she donated to charity

A woman is celebrating one year without buying anything she ‘didn’t need’ after being inspired to cut down on consumption by a David Attenborough documentary. 

Music teacher Becky Dell, from London, grew concerned about the amount of plastic in the ocean after watching the Blue Planet programme and set herself the challenge last December. 

She decided to only buy food, drink and basic toiletries in 2019, and avoided spending money on items like clothes, presents, jewellery, plants or anything disposable.

Becky took to Twitter last night to announce the end of her year-long challenge, revealing she saved £1,621.69 after the 12 month effort, which she donated to charity. 

Becky Dell, from London, is celebrating one year without buying anything she didn’t need, and saved £1,621.69

Celebrating the end of the challenge, she wrote: ‘I am on the last day on not-buying-anything-I-don’t-need-year and thought I’d share in case it inspires you to do the same.’

She said she was inspired to take ‘massive action’ after watching the David Attenborough programme last year, saying: ‘I watched the plastic floating in the oceans and wondered, with shame, how much was mine.

She went on: ‘I decided to do a year of not consuming. My only rule was “not to buy anything I didn’t need”. This meant I could buy food, drink and basic toiletries etc.

‘I didn’t buy; clothes, shoes, presents, other makeup, hair products, jewellery, bags, decorations, anything disposable, plants, flowers, house items etc.’

After a year without buying anything she ‘didn’t need’, Becky revealed she was looking forward to investing in some new socks 

She decided to ‘level up’ the challenge by donating the money she had saved to charity.

And after the year without spending, Becky saved a total of £1,621.69. 

However, she acknowledged she had occasionally bought items, saying: ‘I bought 12 things during the year, for example, a new jacket when my zip broke at -15 up a mountain, brr, a couple of essential things for my very elderly cats and a couple of essential house items. Each one made me really annoyed!’

She also said she told supportive friends and family about her challenge, and was prompted to make more presents throughout the year for birthdays and Christmas, including jam, cakes, and embroidery. 


The Londoner said she was sharing her story in case it inspired others to attempt the same kind of challenge

She added: ‘The thing I missed the most was buying plants and flowers, I love nature and found that hard.

‘Solutions were growing flowers from seed (harder than it sounds but I tried!) and getting cuttings from friends (lovely thing to do). I now have rhubarb growing!’

She explained the first thing she would buy were a new pair of socks, saying: ‘I am so desperate for socks, and tights and pajamas.’

‘According to my list, I also want to buy a Chilli water bottle, plants, nice tea-towels and a tea strainer. Exciting.’

Becky was inspired to challenge herself after watching David Attenborough’s Blue Planet documentary and feeling ‘ashamed’ about how much plastic was floating in the ocean

Becky also revealed that January to August were ‘surprisingly easy’ months, while she admitted the challenge became more difficult in the second part of the year.

She said: ‘Clothes started running out and however much I darned my socks they just stayed holey. It got easier in December as I could start counting down.’

Becky went on to say that she hoped the challenge would inspire others to consider how much they were consuming.  

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