Below are my rules, goals, et cetera. (Shamelessly nicked from Delight's blog and edited to suit my purposes!
In light of the destructive effects of personal greed, I pledge to curb my purchases, cease frivolous buying, and choose to simplify my life. Excepting only those things needed for work and the health and safety of my family, I pledge not to buy new. Additionally, I pledge to carefully consider used purchases, as well, in an effort to limit consumption in general. Furthermore, I will actively seek to pass on possessions we no longer want to those who are in need. In doing so, I hope to educate both friends and family about the corrosive effects of being in a constant state of want, nurture in myself the uplifting state of giving, thus reducing the load on the environment and creating a more sensible path for our lives. For these reasons, I join the Compact.
I will not buy any NEW items for one year.
I will only buy items that I NEED.
I will create a weekly menu/grocery list EVERY week based on the food I have on hand.
I will use up the food that is already in my home before I shop for more.
I will not buy any convenience foods when grocery shopping.
I will strive to eat in season, buying as local as possible.
I will bring cloth grocery bags to the store.
I will not eat out at a restaurant (nor order in).
EXCEPTION: I will allow myself to buy 1 new (specific) gift for each of my children for Christmas. They have made some specific (and, suprisingly, very reasonable
) requests, and I have not been able to find any satisfactory used substitutes.
To gain perspective and learn contentment.
To be a mindful consumer and live lighter on the earth.
To become more patient and learn to plan ahead as I borrow, barter, buy used, re-use, and recycle.
To save a considerable amount toward the purchase of our farm.