We wonder if a mother could really spend nil on a toddler for a whole year and still come out sane — and even more content — than she was on day one. British mom Hattie Garlick made this 365-day vow after losing her job five days before Christmas and a day before her son Johnny’s second birthday. In herFree Our Kids blog, Hattie writes that she took a step back and realized “that we were being taken for a ride that had started on the day we discovered I was pregnant.” In a world of $1,500 strollers and more child branded food than healthy options, Hattie wrote herself a list ofrules to live by in 2013 that includes accepting hand-me-down clothes, no new toys, and using reusable diapers “even if the washing kills me (I think there’s a real chance of this).”
Of course, there are items like medicine and child care that must still dig into her pocket regularly, but that’s to be expected when you’re raising a child. As for the rest of her public vows, Hattie says, “Liberation not deprivation. The first rule of Free our Kids? No rule is set in stone.” This London-based mom isn’t alone in her quest to reclaim her life and her finances.The Minimalist Mom touts “a rich life with less stuff,” Faith Janes is aMinimalist at Home with her combined household of 10, and there’s even a published guide toMinimalist Parenting.