Who are we?

We like to be known as The Fearse Family. We may be the very first Fearse Family in the existence of families. We are Mama Fearse, Big Poppa Fearse and Little Fearse (who was born in April 2012). We live in an outer suburb of Melbourne, Australia. If you want to contact us privately you can do so by emailing fearsefamily@gmail.com.

What are we doing here?

In 2013 we have committed to Buy Nothing New (BNN). We are doing this for many reasons (you can read more about that here: Why are we doing this?! ) but it was primarily prompted by our financial situation for the year. Mama Fearse will be working half time and Big Poppa studying full time. Little Fearse needs to attend Child Care two days a week. She is not currently generating any income. (Give her time…)

Naturally there will be exceptions to the rule of buying nothing new. Here are the exceptions we have agreed on before the year begins:

  • Food
  • Medicine
  • Underwear
  • Anything related to safety (especially for Little Fearse – this includes things like car seats, helmets etc).
  • Local music (Big Poppa’s exception as it’s supporting local artists)
  • Sewing / Crafting supplies (Mama Fearse’s exception so she can make gifts etc throughout the year- only necessary when items can’t be purchased second hand).

Hopefully we won’t find the need to add to this list throughout the year, but who knows? It’s one great adventure that looms unknown ahead of us. Occasionally, we imagine, we’ll need to buy something that is new. The point of BNN is that we think hard about those purchases  Do we really need it? What does it add to our lives? Do we have physical and emotional space for this item? Is there any way we can purchase this second hand? Nothing will be purchased on impulse.

What are our resources?

Mainly, at this stage, charity shops, recycled clothing and goods stores (like Savers) and Ebay. We may post a wanted ad to Freecycle when we’re really desperate for something and can’t find it second hand. We may use our blog to reach out to friends and family.

How can you help?

Read our blog, offer encouragement, post comments so we know you’re reading and importantly, don’t buy us things. Sometimes we will ask if you are able to help us out. We are never asking for someone else to buy something new for us so we can “cheat the system”. We are asking if you have said thing lying around unused that we may borrow, buy or take off your hands. Or maybe you know someone who is selling said item second hand.

13 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Fearse Family! Wanted to let you know that I’m starting a blogging Facebook group called “Blog It Forward!” this weekend with fellow bloggers Bethany (at My Journey to Ithaca–she’s based in Houston) and Mark (at The Minimalist Couple–he’s based in Australia). Basically, this will be a page to connect with other bloggers, share your own links and posts from others that you love, get technical and creative advice, and take your base audience to the next level. I hope you’re as excited about it as we are. It’s a closed group, so if you’d like to join, we need to be officially friends on Facebook (I know, I know…the bureaucracy!), so if you’re interested, you can “friend” me at Joy Sussman. Hope to see you there! Cheers! Joy

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  3. Hello,

    I loved reading your Blog. It was one of the blogs that inspired me to get blogging about my journey to simple living.

    I admire your BNN for a year. Amazing.


    • Thank you Fran. How wonderful to hear that we have inspired you! I look forward to reading your blog. Even though I’m not blogging consistently now we still buy nothing new. It had completely changed our outlook on life. Thanks for your comment. It is always encouraging to hear from others.

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