Hattie Garlick, a mom in London, is taking a stand against kiddie consumerism. According to MSNBC, she's decided to not spend any money on her two-year-old son Johnny in 2013 and document it on the blog Free Our Kids. Garlick lost her newspaper job near Christmas—and her son's birthday. Between unemployment and the insane push for toys products, she decided to put an end to her mindless consumerism and start thinking a lot harder about where her family's money went.
On the about page of her blog, Garlick remembers how she and her husband were among the parents who shelled out $600 for a stroller and how that now seems like a unwise spending decision. Her getting laid off, it turns out, is a time for introspection:
So that’s how we came to look at our bank account, our routines, the insides of our fridge, wardrobes and toy box… and realise that we were being taken for a ride that had started on the day we discovered I was pregnant.
She did research and was shocked by what she found, like how the average baby has 56 outfits but even so, British children are reportedly the least happy in the world. Circumstance and finance led this family to lay out the rules for the year:
Of course, she knows she won't be able to watch every single one of her pennies. She'll of course spend money on healthcare and she's asked her readers for advice on what to do about shoes.
Is she crazy or is this a good idea?