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post #41 of 111
I'm pretty sure that you can easily make reusable bags yourself with some velcro and PUL. I've seen them online with some frequency but they are made with some form of food safe plastic liner that I'm certain is not readily available to the public in the small quantities most families would use for daily living.

ETA: You would need to find a lead free PUL for this purpose. It appears to be ~$9/yard plus shipping. Bah!

Liz
post #42 of 111
I have almost never needed to buy the kitchen baggies and the like. They 'happen' to me and then I reuse or use bowls with lids, cloth produce bags, etc. My next door neighbor, the CSA, I don't know where else they come but that supply line leaves my cabinet full with more than I can (re)use.
post #43 of 111
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Originally Posted by mommajb View Post
I have almost never needed to buy the kitchen baggies and the like. They 'happen' to me . . .


i forgot about the plastic baggies that happen to me in the bulk aisle at the grocery store. i just need to form the habit of reuse.
post #44 of 111
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Originally Posted by doubledutch View Post
does anyone have ideas for baggies, tinfoil, plastic wrap, etc? obviously i have some food storage containers and i wash/reuse containers from the grocery store too, but i use baggies or plastic wrap for cheese, i use gallon ziplocks to keep produce fresher, use tinfoil in the freezer . . . i suppose if i get in the habit of washing/reusing and trying to use it less, then i probably won't run out.
I designated a whole drawer in the kitchen for used ziplocks/tinfoil/bread bags, and since they have a place of their own to go, its easier for me to save them. Then, I go to that drawer first when I need something.

I am going to try not to buy anymore, and just use the bags that come in from bread, etc. and glass jars for storage. I also re-use yogurt containers for snacks and things on the go.

Idk if that's what you meant for ideas, but thought I'd throw it out there. Hope you find a system that works for you.
post #45 of 111

Exceptions

My exceptions:

1) Groceries, toiletries, medication and cleaning supplies ~ we don't use much in the way of cleaning supplies and I have quite a bit stockpiled so we won't need too much of that stuff.
2) socks, underwear and shoes ~ only if we absolutely need them
3) Some craft items and stationary (paper, printer ink, yarn, fabric etc.) ~ only when our stock is completely gone. The girls got lots of crayons and stuff for Christmas so hopefully that will last a while.
4) winter woolens for next year ~ only if I can't find any used. They are all wearing the ones they have for the second year so I assume we will need new ones next year and I find it hard to find them used.
5) Gifts will be kept to a minimum and will be homemade, purchased from Etsy or local merchants
6) dd3 will most likely move to a big bed sometime this year. We already have a nice wooden bed frame, but we will need to buy a mattress. I am keeping my eyes out for a good deal.

I am also going to try and stay out of chain stores for my exceptions as much as possible. I hope to use our co-op, local healthfood store etc.
post #46 of 111
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Originally Posted by doubledutch View Post
weakness: actually, it's dh's weakness. dh is a music addict. i would really like him to get on board with buying used (or digital) and limiting his purchases to what he really, ahem, "needs". obviously, he's a grown-up and he can do as he chooses, but can anyone share experiences getting partners onboard?
Not sure if the music thing was directly addressed yet (I haven't gotten through the whole thread ), but here is where I get the majority of my music for free: http://www.archive.org/details/etree

Okay, back to reading the rest of the thread
post #47 of 111
I'm in!!!

My exceptions:
2 Cardigans
2 pair of Jeans- 1 each for myself and DH
3 V-neck t shirts- 2 white and 1 black..for self
2 pairs yoga pants
Interview Suit (but only if it becomes necessary)

This excompasses a "new" wardrobe for me..I have lost 25 lbs and I need some new things...everything else has been worn for at least 2-3 years and is worn out. I am going to cut up my old long sleeves and sew them onto my old short sleeves and get some longer where out of my shirts. I am setting my clothing budget for the year at $250 for the whole family. I like a challenge!!!

Shoes for DS and anything as need be because he is a growing toddler. I am consigning a bunch of clothes tomorrow. Wish me luck!!!


Bike for DS birthday- he is graduating to a big boy bike BUT I am selling 2 items to make room AND I am using his Christmas gift card to make the purchase.

Undies, Socks and Hair Color- and basic toiletries- soap, toothpaste, razors
Haircut every 6 weeks...I can't become shaggy...

2 Large gallon size jars for flour and sugar..transitioning out of plastic containers and this will free up a lot of space in my cupboard.

Skillet

Set of reusable napkins--thinking 12 would be good..3 year old is MESSY Marvin..

There is nothing else we need and I am actually purging as we speak.

I am going to print out a pretty copy of the compact and paste it to my fridge. I am very excited about this. It is our goal to knock out 50% of our CC debt this year...rather than taking 5-6 years to do all of it. This will really help.
post #48 of 111
Forgot to add in:

Water Bottles

I am also reducing TV time...as in zero or as close to zero as possible. My exception is LOST...this will help in the long term of building a stronger family and reducing our want, not good enough, you must have or you will die fixation.
post #49 of 111
I read this thread when it started and thought about it, but the whole idea was so overwhelming. And I have a 16yo son that I'm trying to move here with us (and would thus have to outfit a room for him etc) and we will have to trade our car in for a larger vehicle to be able to fit all the kids... so I thought it was dumb to start out just to fail in advance BUT seeing how everyone is tailoring it to fit them, I might give it a try

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After thinking about this, I have decided that I won't really have a list of what I am allowed or not to buy and where. I will need to mull over any purchases I may want to buy new for a specific period of time, exploring the pros and cons to all options.
This.. if something came up that didn't fit a category of exception, but was a true need.. I would be stressed about it!

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I really like the idea of month long commitments. It gives me the chance to renew and feel good about that. It also makes me think that this is short term and most things can wait (until they don't happen).
and this! If we manage to get my son down here, I know that the month before him arriving will be a blow out as we have no spare room furniture etc. I will not have him feeling like a visitor in his own home!

We have childrens birthdays in Jan, March, april, june and august. So I'll probably give the older ones gift cards and try to go experiences for the younger ones! For our anniversary in Feb, I'm requesting to family (MIL in particular likes to buy gifts to buy me a bead for my pandora bracelet if they MUST (and I tell ya.. she simply must )

My committment for January: To buy nothing *new* that isn't consumable and that isn't needed.

We are putting ourselves on a VERY strict savings plan for 2010 so I NEED the accountability to keep from buying STUFF!!!
post #50 of 111
I've been interested in trying this since I first learned about it a few years ago.

Question: I'm due with baby #2 in a few short weeks - would you still try it? Luckily, like I said, it's baby #2 (and our second boy) so not a lot of baby stuff needed around here, but I do need to buy DS1 a booster seat (and I'm not altogether comfortable buying that used). I guess I'm worried about making the commitment and then falling on my face, since I really don't know what it's going to be like to mother two children. Thoughts?
post #51 of 111
Okay, so I was tested today...
Went into Target and I almost caved at the 75% off holiday candy. But I didn't buy ANY!

At one point I was admiring some really cute turquoise retro metal bread boxes, and my dh was like, "Don't even think about it. You'll just donate it in a few months!" I wasn't even consider buying them, but that reminder immediately popped that "oooohhh, these are nice!" feeling I had while looking at them.
post #52 of 111
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Originally Posted by Keeta View Post
I've been interested in trying this since I first learned about it a few years ago.

Question: I'm due with baby #2 in a few short weeks - would you still try it? Luckily, like I said, it's baby #2 (and our second boy) so not a lot of baby stuff needed around here, but I do need to buy DS1 a booster seat (and I'm not altogether comfortable buying that used). I guess I'm worried about making the commitment and then falling on my face, since I really don't know what it's going to be like to mother two children. Thoughts?
Personally, I look at the challenge as just that, a challenge. To see how close to my goal I can get, as I work towards the ideal. I know I'm not going to be the perfect compacter (and my baby is almost 3 ), but whatever I do towards the direction of my ultimate goal will be better than not trying at all. And next year, I bet I do even better! I say just do the best you can, momma.
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post #54 of 111
I am all ready to officially start at 12:00am.
post #55 of 111
my exceptions:
presents: i will only get non-crappy-plastic gifts for dd (i.e. wooden, solid construction, etc). i will try to buy locally, sourcing further afield until i find what i need, with China being the. last. option.
clothes: only to replace anything that gets ripped or too badly stained to wear, or if i drop another size
business expenses: shipping supplies, material supplies, printer ink, etc.

i can't think of anything else. our microwave broke last week and i tried to convince hubby that we should just use the toaster oven and not replace the microwave but he insisted. since we just replaced our washer about 1-2 months ago, i was not pleased. hopefully, we'll be out of this house and into a new one before anything else here breaks.
post #56 of 111
day 1! so far, so good . . .
post #57 of 111
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Originally Posted by Keeta View Post
I've been interested in trying this since I first learned about it a few years ago.

Question: I'm due with baby #2 in a few short weeks - would you still try it? Luckily, like I said, it's baby #2 (and our second boy) so not a lot of baby stuff needed around here, but I do need to buy DS1 a booster seat (and I'm not altogether comfortable buying that used). I guess I'm worried about making the commitment and then falling on my face, since I really don't know what it's going to be like to mother two children. Thoughts?
I'd still do it. And you are right, it is not safe at all to buy a carseat or booster used but that definitely counts as an exception! I will say though, your son is quite young for a booster seat. I see he will be 4 this summer, but that is still pretty young. It is highly recommended that a child stay harnessed until closer to 5 or 6 (FWIW my son is a whole year older than your DS and still harnessed and RF'ing as well). There are many harnessed seats out there now that will accommodate kids that age and older, and you don't have to pay an arm and a leg for them. If you're interested in learned more about extended harnessing, just shoot me a PM.
post #58 of 111
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Originally Posted by urchin_grey View Post
I'd still do it. And you are right, it is not safe at all to buy a carseat or booster used but that definitely counts as an exception! I will say though, your son is quite young for a booster seat. I see he will be 4 this summer, but that is still pretty young. It is highly recommended that a child stay harnessed until closer to 5 or 6 (FWIW my son is a whole year older than your DS and still harnessed and RF'ing as well). There are many harnessed seats out there now that will accommodate kids that age and older, and you don't have to pay an arm and a leg for them. If you're interested in learned more about extended harnessing, just shoot me a PM.
Thanks! I thought the one we were looking at was 5-pt harnessed, but it looks like it's not. PMing you for some recs!
post #59 of 111
Well, it is only the second day of the year and I already purchased one of my exceptions. I have been needing black socks for what seems like forever (to wear to work) and I found what I was looking for today. So, I bought 4 pairs which should do me for a while.
post #60 of 111
oops!
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