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Ep. 8 - The Checkout

July 26th, 2013

Big shout out goes to Nate Ballard for making us finish this podcast. Now six months after recording this episode you can hear us talk about six months worth of no purchasing before that! We fail to focus on a question from my aunt, and discuss with trepidation going forward into a year of commerce. Thanks, goodbye, go do something impressive yourself for a year.

Ep. 7 - June Gloom

July 18th, 2013

Back from summer adventures Darius and Cavedon settle back into life in Los Angeles for better or worse (there is a fight). And as always with some narrow/unfair interpretation of the rules for not buying stuff (‘investing’ and ‘subscribing’ loopholes).

Listen to this penultimate episode a year after it was recorded, and enjoy a song to remember us by!

Ep. 6: Endless Summer (and other marketing ploys)

July 6th, 2012

We continue our talk on the cruise ship with Sarah Maher, RC Fill, and Lynn Trickey. Beyond using purchases to make ourselves feel better, we touch briefly on how the ability to buy what we want is actually an important freedom (although no one says the word capitalism). But we also discuss how, in the cruise environment, certain purchasing behavior is expected, coaxed, and relied upon. Because, when it comes down to it, we each occupy our own little corner of the US’s consumer culture. We return to resist that culture/save money/buy less bullshit in a short week!

Ep. 5: May-flowers

June 29th, 2012

That’s right, No Purchase Necessary brings you their first podcast from the open waters. Recorded at the beginning of May, this is the first half of a conversation Darius and Matt have with crew-members aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line, The Star. In a sometimes similarly self-depriving environment aboard a cruise ship (for the staff, not most passengers) Sarah Maher, RC Fill, and Lynn Trickey compare notes on how material goods become good feelings when we buy creature comforts. They also share with us some employee insights into “revenue areas” on the cruise as we reflect on the barrage of marketing that washes over every part of our day while on the trip.

Ep. 4: Taurus Troubles

April 22nd, 2012

We are a third of the way through the year and not buying things is proving to be a slippery challenge for Darius. Cavedon, under the influence of strong cold medication, has his deepest reveries yet about who you can trust when trying not to buy (apparently neither doctors nor himself). All this balanced against the most thoughtful e-mail we’ve been sent to date, and the fact that Keene has not been using (wearing) his biggest (tallest) voluntary purchase from January! This extended episode anticipates Cavedon and Darius leaving for a special on-location recording due out early May, and is required listening. Email us at

Ep. 3: Mid March iMadness

April 7th, 2012

We got some e-mails!

The end of March reveals our heftiest mailbag segment yet; we respond to advice, two calls to action and Cavedon’s ridiculous temptations. All of which prompts us to further clarify some of the changes we’re trying to make, and all the while Keene laments some substantial expenses in his life. And, thanks to this podcast Cavedon is actually considering avoiding a purchase that he currently obsesses over. Write in and keep us in check!

Judge us, step 1

April 5th, 2012

And here are my glasses. They're fine, right? I think I even like them better with bright white tape...


Imagined Purchases

April 5th, 2012

To help you judge us and our avarice, here are some illustrations of stuff Darius Would Have bought if he weren't pledged to no purchases, one thing he Might buy Even Though he's so pledged, and one thing he's not buying even though work asked him to.

Pictured are the speakers in Darius's Top 3 things we would have bought.

Here is a link to Dinosaur Feathers, the musicians whose art Darius wants to support through a purchase of the new album-- and not just to have the music! // You should buy it.

Following I will post my busted-up glasses, hopefully to be followed by some kind of Cavedon-in-suit pictures. And his stupid shirts and ties... and un-groomed facial hair.PhilipsFidelioSpeakers.jpg

Ep. 2: The Longest Little Month

March 1st, 2012

Already February is more of a strain on at least one Matt, and Darius. We cover all the things we generally buy, look at what we wish we were buying, and cover a couple self-proclaimed victories in making gifts instead of purchasing them. And we pander a lot for e-mails.

Check the website soon because I am determined to force Cavedon into taking pictures to illustrate what we’re talking about. Then you can weigh-in, at

Ep. 1: An Unexpected Resolution

February 12th, 2012

In this first episode Keene, Cavedon, and De La Cruz talk about their sudden New Year’s commitment and some of the rules they’re living by in 2012. We have different conclusions about how well (badly) we’ve done so far, but despite unintentional gift-card overcharging, heart-breaking newspaper subscription renewals, and an unprecedented clothes expense, no one is sure if February will be easier.

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