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Act of this because somebody right now who has done something that Tracy would never dared even dream of doing her name is -- -- joins -- he's the founder of the great American Apparel diet and on September 1 2009.
Sally said I'm not going to buy clothes.
For another year Sally joins us right now from Seattle Sally.
-- have you made -- so well I think it's eleven months -- -- -- -- on this thing.
You know I'm grateful I am counting down -- about.
33 days last.
And I I'm doing fine and surprisingly much more calm about it than ever anticipated.
And I feel good about it.
-- Well I you know it was suddenly -- -- Been pondering all last summer and I had floated the idea out with some of my shopping buddies and you know -- is asking could you go a year without buying.
And after I have these discussions I realized hey let's just try it let's just find out if we can do it -- are we in control of our purchasing -- are we being completely manipulated by marketers and do we really need something new all the time.
And -- out there about eight women who joined me when I launched the blog and now we have over 250 women.
From eight different countries around the globe so it's pretty exciting.
Now the -- liberated the great American Apparel diet dot com check it out.
Sally you are the Bane of the in the existence for retailers out there though Macy's and Nordstrom Nixon they're they're just.
Gnashing their teeth right now people not spending money.
That's really the engine that drives the economy spending -- it in a way I think why -- win this spending is really what's gonna get us out of this and.
Well I think that's kind of misunderstood it.
The reason we've gotten ourselves in this crazy economic mess.
Is that people are spending beyond their means no it's not that I am anti consumerism.
Are anti shopping believe you me I will be doing that you know soon the but what I really -- -- -- isn't mindful.
And this idea that somehow we are victims and that there are predatory.
Marketers out there is really an excuse that consumers have.
Have -- handed over all their control to these other entities and -- all responsible.
For where we are in this economy and I wanted to kind of really look at what my role was and that.
And so I I would I would say the Macy's and to all the different retailers out there is.
It's not about not wanting to buy it's about being control and knowing where your closer coming from -- having a clear idea what.
You know Sally -- hoping intrigued me because it makes you think about need -- -- right.
We don't really mean anything and I thought about it at Michael's hair and -- -- in my closet I don't need -- -- I probably could do this for the next year.
You know my kids are different they're growing unfortunately like we'd see you have to keep doing something with them.
But you don't neat I think I don't even need pants and nearly paramedic thought -- -- Have them on now I mean it's time here so you can't blame them but so that's -- -- -- doesn't it.
An inning -- -- applies across the board with everything needs vs wants the lion -- -- trick is he could even say do I need to purchase a home.
Or should I rent one for now.
Exactly and you think -- if I think.
We've we worked herself into this corner of -- disposable.
A pair news so apparently last three years is that I had a box of something in the -- follow -- great well our our grandparents.
Loved clothing -- but they would Wear -- for five years or ten years you know it was higher quality fewer items.
And that for me personally I'm hoping that's how I change my shopping habits that I am more.
More mindful of the quality and that lifetime of a product vs just looking stylish for that moment.
-- -- real quickly the other new set of rules.
That yeah I think you would the other bloggers on the side of kind of come together and say eleven months -- When we do go back to shopping in September these are the rules we're gonna live by how -- exchange I had its.
Absolutely and I -- women out there may understand is rules better than men and number one.
Never buy anything that doesn't fit at that moment.
Never buy something on sale because it's on sale in 30% off should never be a -- best attributes mean.
Look in your closet before you go shopping for you have an idea.
Of what you need or what will go with something in your closet.
The other thing is always try things on I know so many women who go in and they see something cute and they just -- it may come home.
And it's not right and then they're too lazy to return it.
And the other thing too is if you haven't war in something in three years.
Take out of your closet and give it to a willing yes needy person.
I think comes in another thing goes that idea I try actually very hard to do that and it's so -- -- does not get your point about how it -- -- today because.
Coming advising saying well when I -- -- -- little -- And I think -- rob.
You know that I -- and -- everything fits in your pocket Sally you're inspiration thank you so much for -- us and for doing this.
I think you take care.
Sally Barnes and -- -- the great American Apparel diet dot content the blog -- at great American Harold diet dot com check it out.
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