I've seen a couple things about this idea recently and like the basic idea though it's perhaps a bit extreme for me: The Compact. Here's a USA TODAY article that I saw from yesterday that brought it back to the forefront of my mind. End of the first graph pretty much spells out the entire idea: Buy nothing new except food, medicine and toiletries for six months. I'm really not that big of a consumer and when I am buying something I generally like to try to find a used whatever it is first. Camera lenses are a good example. I end up buying books more often than I like becuase my local library branch is pretty small doesn't have a lot of the stuff I'm interested in. Since so much of what I do and enjoy revolves around "technology" now days a lot of my purchases end up being brand new. Still, I like the fact that these folks are thinking this way.