16 - 2008

Midway through Buy Nothing Challenge

It’s April 16, so I’m more than halfway through my Buy Nothing Challenge with Crunchy Chicken.

Last week

Last week started out pretty well. The only non-necessary thing I bought was a funny birthday card for my sister. I also bought a latte at Starbucks, but it made me nauseous and I complained, so coupons are on the way from Starbucks, so it was sort of un-bought, in a way.

That doesn’t mean I *spent* nothing, sadly. We spent $1,100 to fix Mr. Cheap’s car up so we can sustain it as a moving vehicle for a little while longer. (And today, the starter is dead, so we will be spending still more.)

On Saturday … well … honest to God, the whole thing just slipped my mind. I was having a lovely morning with a friend and bought some cookies to bring home (from a small, local, family-run deli!). (While I am feeling guilty, the cookies came in a big plastic box and I also wasted a plate and didn’t bring my own coffee cup – argh!) Then I hit a great local yarn shop. I did a great job not buying any raw fleece (wool straight from the sheep), because I have … er … um … a lot of it already in my basement. Inside, however, I was intoxicated by the beautiful yarn, my desire to learn a new way to knit socks, my foiled plan to make Mr. Cheap a pair of socks for Christmas, and the fact that I am taking a possibly TV-watching-intensive weekend trip and need a small project. So, I bought yarn. And yesterday I compounded my sin by buying needles with which to knit the yarn.  (Eventually, I will own every knitting needle known to man and won’t have to buy anymore.)

This week

In addition to the needles, this week I bought a few things for Little Cheap’s mandatory packing list for an overnight field trip next month. (I did look at Goodwill twice first, though.)

This morning, in addition to the car’s starter being dead, our toaster had no vital signs, and I picked up a replacement at Goodwill. (We do use the toaster several times a week, and it’s far more wasteful to toast under the broiler or even using my camping toaster on the stovetop.) I am hoping to Freecycle the old one to someone who can fix it — I don’t have time to try.

I bought eight bags of steer manure, a couple of packets of seeds and a bag of potting soil for Little Cheap’s Daisy troop’s Earth Day project next week, but food-growing garden supplies are allowed in the challenge.

I am feeling a shift in my consciousness (when not intoxicated by knitting fiber or cookies, my weaknesses). Little Cheap reminded me not to buy a pair of jeans for Mr. Cheap the other day. I put back the extra canning kettle and never picked up the dehydrator I was ogling at the thrift store.

Has the challenge caused anyone else to rethink purchases? Fill us in!

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