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The Buy Nothing, Get Everything Plan: Discover the Joy of Spending Less, Sharing More, and Living Generously

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  378 ratings  ·  89 reviews
In the spirit of The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning and The Joy of Less, experience the benefits of buying less and sharing more with this accessible 7-step guide to decluttering, saving money, and creating community from the creators of the Buy Nothing Project.

In 2013, when friends Liesl Clark and Rebecca Rockefeller launched the first Facebook Buy Nothing Project
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 14th 2020 by Atria Books
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Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This extremely informative book was given to me by the author to read and review. I loved it!! Like a lot of how to books it gives you information about decluttering your life but then it takes the concept to the next level and brings communities together. I'm a fan of the Kon Marie books and truly believe that if something doesn't bring you joy you should get it out of your life. But just because that punch bowl has just been in your way and you have seriously considered accidentally, on purpos ...more
Alicia Bayer
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a really good book and I recommend it for everyone. A lot of it is new in the genre because of the focus not just on not buying new stuff and reusing old stuff but on how to create a sharing community and why that is so transformative.

The authors have created "buy nothing" groups on small scales in their communities and have used them in really positive ways. They show you how this in-person giving is so much more meaningful than when we just drop stuff off at the thrift store. That rea
Justine PortmannKatz
Jun 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Oh the irony of writing a book about an anti-capitalist community mutual aid project... to sell for money.

When you add in that Liesl Clark robbed the graves of the Tibetans communities she “discovered” her brilliant idea from (which she is now attempting to profit from) AND she forced BNP groups that had become “too large” to divide even when community members explained that doing so would reinforce socio-economic divisions within the neighborhood... why spend money enriching someone who’s entir
Karen Richardson
Jun 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Liesl Clark is a racist.

I was in a Buy Nothing Facebook group that the author, Liesl, forced to divide (or "sprout" as she called it) along racial and socio-economic lines. When confronted with how problematic this was, the author deflected and denied and then forcibly removed our local admin from their roles.

That not enough for you? Check out this video ( where her and her family literally ROB THE GRAVES of the ethnic group in the Himalayas who they "lea
Adrienne Butler
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I will allow this book to change my life, and you should too. We have created a monster of waste, capitalism, and poison in our environment and purchasing. Only we have the power to change our behavior.

Rebecca and Liesl kindly, thoughtfully, and excitedly offer fun and creative ways to rethink the way you live, “shop,” and provide.

I want everyone I know to read this book. Who wants to borrow my copy?
Charlotte Brackett
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, a huge thank you to Atria Books (and the authors, of course) for the advanced copy!

Backstory: I started on a zero waste journey less than a year ago. It took a while for me to realize that zero waste ties into plastic-free which ties into minimalism (duh). After that lightbulb moment, I proceeded to read any and every book I could on all of those subjects. All were well written and enjoyable, but none were groundbreaking. This one was different.

This book, man. I found myself practicing
Wendy Phraner
Oct 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I love the premise of this book but some of the suggestions really missed the mark. Making your own yogurt takes a looong time and there’s no mention of proper temperature. Scary. Make beans in a slow cooker? Again, that takes forever. Make them in an electric pressure cooker instead. Raise your own chickens? It’s not as easy as they claim. Compost an entire fish? Why? Such a waste! Wrap gifts in inside-out potato chip bags? Really?!? Pick up pens off the ground and use them? Nope. Also, I made ...more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I picked up this book in the first place because I'm already a Buy Nothing fanatic, so it goes without saying I loved this book.

For those of you not already familiar, Buy Nothing aims to create hyper local groups of neighbors (usually hosted on the Facebook platform) who give away things they no longer need to others who live nearby. A crazy range of things is offered - I've seen offers of everything from bags of raked leaves to brand-new VR sets (and even the most random-seeming things usually
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great concept, but harder to do. :)
Tori Renee
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To begin, I want to thank Atria books for the advanced readers copy of this book. Secondly, I feel like this book provides much needed guidance on how to reduce waste and slow consumerism in your daily life. I have worked to make changes for several years now but I still felt challenged by the ideas discussed in the book and inspired by the many lists of methods to try. There was a good balance between explanation of each idea and practical ways to implement it. I would love if there was a works ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is excellent and should be read by everyone. As a long time minimalist, this resonated with me. There are great ideas and helpful info here. Hopefully my enthusiasm is enough of an endorsement.

I'm so happy I got a review copy!! Thanks.
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it
For someone brand new to this movement / the idea of a sharing economy / being concerned about the environment, this book might be an eye opener, or at least a way to start thinking about the types of steps one can take to be a bit more sustainable. I'm not a newbie to this genre, so for me, this book was a bit stale - there were some good ideas, for sure, but I find the actual Buy Nothing movement to be kind of restrictive (the format and member cap in each group is somewhat frustrating). The t ...more
Elissa Kroeger
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This book had a lot of good reminders but nothing really new. The same information is in the Book of Acts and the old editions of The Tightwad Gazette from the ‘90’s. In my opinion The Tightwad Gazette is more fun to read 😊

Nevertheless, it was not bad and all of us need encouragement to spend less and share more.
I wanted to start a group after reading this, but know I don’t have the time and it would end being more on my to do list, and not aid a simpler life. Many of the ideas of reducing and reusing, I already knew but it is good to have them together. There were new ideas which have sparked erotic more action.
Lauren Therriault
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Lots of good tips and some good ideas for a Buy Nothing group. I want to start one in Bristol.
Sarah Clark
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
The premise of the Buy Nothing Project is that we cannot only save money and reduce waste by sharing freely with others, but we can also regain a sense of community that has been lost in many urban places. At the heart, this project is about "gift economies" and how giving and asking for what we need binds people together socially, where as goods exchanged for money divide people and are based on economies of scarcity. A gift economy, the authors argue, is based on abundance. We already have mor ...more
Susie Stangland
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was terrific! I try to live in way of mindful spending but this made me even more conscientious by reminding you of the environmental connection. I admit I was nervous when I began the book but as soon as I read the list of exceptions they include, I relaxed and was ready to apply much of what I learned. Bravo to the ingenious authors!
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
(I received this book from Atria Books in exchange for a fair review, thank you!)

This book came in the mail when I had recently turned my heart to stone, descended into the basement and proceeded to empty it out. There is still stuff, but you can hear an echo, so that's progress. Doing this right before Christmas is (1) a bad idea if you are hosting Christmas, because stuff is everywhere; but (2) a good idea because you are so ashamed at all of the glut that you don't want anything new. I like t
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-improvement
The two stars are based solely on my personal opinion. The content just became too overwhelming. But, objectively speaking, this is a well written book with tons of ideas on how to reduce, reuse, up-cycle, refuse, gift, trade, etc. It basically lays out the argument for a gift economy, one where everyone gives what they can and requests what they need. It's a lofty concept, and one that certainly would benefit our communities and society as a whole. The problem is that it requires a lot of chang ...more
Nathan Mayer
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Caught my eye because it spoke to me of minimalism. While it does get that mantra across - everyone could stand to have and buy less stuff - it lost me with a lot. One that really stood out was "Don't buy ink pens ever again: just pick them up off the ground when you see them laying in parking lots!" Like, what? I use ink pens every single day (and pencils) and have had the same ones for years thanks to ink refills. So I spent money to buy them once and haven't needed to again. They work perfect ...more
Cristi Marashi
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a part of my local Buy Nothing group on Facebook. I always thought it was a fantastic idea so I was excited to learn more about what (and who) started the movement. I absolutely loved the book. I got some new ideas to present to my local book and some new ideas for my own giving and well being. I like that this is a step by step guide for spending less and giving more. I am so glad that the Buy Nothing Movement exists and I am hoping that this book will help it go even more viral.
Aug 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
I can’t believe a whole book was written on simple ideas around reducing what you buy (make your own laundry soap, how to reuse old sandwich bags, etc). If you believe in reducing consumption, and have any exposure to the internet these days, you already know 95% of what is in the book; if you don’t, the book is not going to convince you. The book was passed along to me via a local environmental FB group and after flipping through a few pages, I passed it along to someone else.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this does have a ton of information, it is not new. I've read many books with this info, and this just rehashed it. I was hoping for something new.

Thanks to publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book, While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
Ben Rogers
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Better than the Marie Kondo (KonMari) books and methodology. The definitive guide to having less because it is inevitably worse for the environment.

Would highly recommend.

Jenna (Falling Letters)
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, arc
Review originally published 10 April 2020 at Falling Letters. I received a free copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I hadn’t heard of the Buy Nothing Project til I began reading this book. While it’s a little different from what I usually review, it caught my eye when I was poking around Netgalley. I requested it because buying reducing my purchases of new stuff (especially plastic and single use items) is a goal of mine for 2020. I don’t buy a lot of stuff but
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This book includes lots of basic ideas for low-waste living that the target audience will already be familiar with, and has a strong anti-capitalist bent that will make it less appealing to many readers, including me, who are interested in cultivating more sustainable lives without being told that buying and selling is horrible and destructive. However, this book is worthwhile and unique because of the ideas and inspiration that the authors provide for cultivating a community where people can sh ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book couldn't have come at a better time. With Americans rethinking their consumption and what's really important in life, the authors show why we need to start changing our spending habits. In the last thirteen years, more plastic has been produced and used than over the past 100 years. Plastic is in our water and our land and in our bodies. And it's not just plastic, but other types of waste. "The Buy Nothing, Get Everything Plan" is the perfect guide for changing our behavior and giving ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Atria books for the ARC.

At first I thought this book was proposing something completely radical, but the more I read, the more I realized I already did a lot of sharing without noticing. For example, I'm already an avid user of little free libraries and book swapping sites, the local scout troop has a bin of uniforms for sharing because bodies change dramatically from 6th - 12th grade, my book group passes around books beyond the monthly read, and I leave magazines on the public librar
Rukhsar (rukhimonster)
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: how-to
I loved the whole concept of this book and highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

This book doesn't just talk about not buying "luxury" items or "wants" it talks about reducing our consumption as a society as a whole and without missing out on anything that we actually need to do or want to do. You'll still get your item, just not a brand new one. After all sharing is caring, and as someone that cares about the earth, about people, about myself, I am so on board with many of the notions des
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

The Buy Nothing, Get Everything Plan is a tutorial and philosophy guide which proposes practical ways to decrease our carbon footprints, live richly and simply, and provide ourselves with the things we *need* to do well. Released 14th April 2020 by Simon & Schuster on their Atria imprint, it's 288 pages and available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats.

The pandemic and subsequent economic collapse have shown us what people have known for age
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