I am considering taking the plunge until Thanksgiving, and then evaluating for the rest of the year. Dh thinks it's great food wise not buying packaged foods, etc, but he doesn't do any of the cooking. I do have some concerns about organic. One, we cannot afford all organic, all the time. Two, I went and talked to the owner of a small local natural food store about where they get their produce from, what the heck is up with organic produce, etc. She said that she really hates what the Gov. had done to organics. One of the stipulations in a farm being cert organic is that they can use raw sewage to water, and that is what happened with the e.coli outbrake. She traves to each farm they purchase from, and she said there is only two or three small farms in Cali that are acceptable to her, and one in Mexico, that's it. That concernes me if I am buying from Wild Oats, Whole Foods, even Fred Meyer. They purchase their organics from all over the world, 70% being from three major farms in Southern Cali where the other owner said she wouldn't purchase from. She also said that the big farms used to be non organic, so their soil is shot as well.It just seems to be a no win situation since I can't afford her organic tomatoes @ $5.99 a pound, and our farmers market ends in a week.
I already buy my clothes resale since we live in such a spendy little town. The boys clothes and snowboard equip as well unless we can't find anything even on Ebay.
The day after Thanksgiving my sil, mil and I are going to IKEA for some purchases I had already planned on making. Now that I'm thinking of doing this, these purchases no longer seem nessessary. Dang! I guess I am going to give some thought on how to write my compact then I will post it. I will also sign up for the yahoo group as I have a bunch of stuff to get rid off, but hate Goodwill and do not feel comfortable having strangers from Freecycle showing up at my house.