X-posted on my blog (in 2 days it will be):
Doing the Compact has been very interesting for us so far. We've been really good about it - not buying anything new, finding more creative ways to get the things we think we want, not getting some things we think we want but really don't.
An example grocery shopping: not buying convenience food. We made a couple of exceptions for occasional snackies we buy for DH and DS, but those were the only exceptions we made. This means that if DH wants a bottled beverage in the store, he now forgoes that beverage, as it is deemed a convenience food (we always have water in the car in our refillable Sigg bottle or Kleen Kanteen). If I want a Larabar (one of the few convenience foods my diet allows me), I skip it - I can make them at home and they aren't part of the Compact. So we save money, really.
The other day DH wanted a computer game. Normally he just would have gone out and bought it new. But the Compact! So he asked friends and called around and found a local store that sells used computer games. He went and got the game there, but then found that because it had online registration, he was unable to use it. He returned it. He was recalling the story to a friend and knowing about our committment to the Compact, our friend said, "You could buy the game online and download it - in accordance with the Compact, you're not accumulating any new stuff AND they keep your account info so if you need to wipe your system or something, you can still login and download it again if you need to." Score! How we hadn't thought of that I don't know, but it was perfect!
DH has also been studying to take his MCSE's lately (one down, 6 to go!). There is a book that he wanted that has extra information that will help him with the things he is learning and give him even more info that he can use in his job. Our library has a used book section and the other day when he was taking books back, he decided to browse the used book section. And there was the book! For something like 50 cents! This huge computer book for 50 cents! (I'll photograph it later and add it to the Flickr page.)
It's amazing what you can find when you're looking.