Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Compact Pact

Beginning June 1st, we'll officially be a Family on the Compact for at least 2 months. We wanted to take this challenge for many reasons. Since we're the proud (note the sarcasm there) owners of TWO homes (at least until the end of next month when one will get a new family) and we're busy remodeling our new house, we don't have a lot of extra money to throw around. We thought that this, of all times, would be a good one to take a challenge that will save us a little cash as a byproduct.

More importantly though, our whole focus right now is about slowing down, not being such enormous consumers, and enjoying the life we're living instead of the stuff we are constantly buying. We hope that this experiment will be a detox of sorts to shake us free from that incessant urge to buy more and more stuff.

So our promise is to buy nothing new in the months of June and July for any of us. As we know, every rule seems to come with exceptions. Here are ours:
  • Personal products - This is stuff like medicine, shampoo, and toothpaste. We'll only buy the necessities. Lipgloss is evidently not a necessity. Hmpfh.
  • Gifts for others - We have 14 birthdays in the months of June and July. I don't plan to subject my friends and family to my crazy commitments, but I do plan to make their gifts as eco-friendly as possible. I plan to give the gift of service, buy used when appropriate and make anything I possibly can. I will not buy cards or any wrapping supplies. I will be as creative as possible.
  • Craft supplies - When needed to finish a project that has already been started, or when needed to make a gift for someone. This doesn't mean buying fabric because it's really cute and it's on sale and I might think about making a bag with it one day. Necessities only.
  • Supplies for the house - We definitely can't remodel a house without making a few purchases here and there. Our goal is to Freecycle and/or recycle as much of the materials we rip out as possible. We'll buy used when we can by shopping at Bud's Warehouse and the Habitat for Humanity outlet store, and we'll be as eco-friendly as possible.
  • Date night - Marc and I do steal away at least one night each week to go out for a drink or a bite to eat sans the toddler. We need this. You don't want to see us if we have to give this up!
  • Socks / underwear / shoes - Because buying these used is, well, gross.

If there's something we feel we really need, then we plan to seek it out used first at thrift stores, Craigslist, Freecycle or through friends. After that, we'll turn to eBay and Etsy, then to local businesses before heading to a big box store.

Wheeeeeeee - here we go!

1 comment:

Crafty Green Poet said...

good luck! I like your honesty in admitting what you will be allowing yourself to buy.