My good friend Courtney Kocak, who worked with me in a television show’s writing office for a season, is using her free time during the show’s hiatus to embark on a Morgan Spurlock -esque mission for the site XO Jane: for 99 days, she will shop only at the 99¢ store.
Is she insane? Oh yes. But poverty has a way of bringing out the desperation in people, an experience I personally know all too well. So, while the idea may sound extreme, I would argue that it’s actually kind of brilliant. She’ll conceivably save a great deal of money and learn how to creatively provide for herself.
In the very least, the experience will reveal to Courtney the difference between the essentials of living and things that are merely “wants,” which is a valuable truth I think we all need to learn repeatedly over the course of our spoiled First World lives.
Follow Courtney’s progress over on her Tumblr site! She’s hilarious, snarky, and refreshingly honest, so this ought to be an entertaining journey indeed.