My update: Its been 3 weeks of "Compacting" and our family is doing very well. I've had one big oops moment of "needing" to buy my dd a Halloween costume the day before Halloween because I didn't have time to finish the one I was making (long story). Then while DH & I were buying the costume I got sucked into buying dd 2 shirts and 2 pairs of pants that were on clearance (which she really does need, but not new
ones). Target is like shopping crack I swear! I go in there and feel such an intense urge to buy stuff.
I went to my knitting group last night and when we were done with knitting the group headed to the Target across the street. I knew it was "dangerous" for me but I think I did pretty well. When we gathered around the half price Halloween costumes, I picked up an adorable Mermaid costume in my dd's size, that she would love for dressup, then remembered the Compact pledge and put it back. Well, actually I should say I started to take it to buy and then remembered I couldn't...then flung it back at the other costumes
I made my friends promise not to let me buy anything after that!
I was very, very, very tempted to buy this wooden farm toy set that was on sale for a Christmas present for my farm-obsessed dd, but my friend told me "go home and if after thinking about it, you still want it, then
come back for it". She was right, by the time I got to the car I knew that even though it would be something she'd really like, I can find other Compact-friendly things instead. My kids don't need lots of stuff for Christmas anyway and I'm already making them a few small gifts. For me this project has been a real lesson in finding contentment in what I already have and what I can create myself. This morning I took some scrap fabric, stale beans and rice out of the back of the pantry and made beanbags for my dd. She has been playing with them all morning and I literally made them out of what could have been trash!
Oh, and we did get a new to us minivan (which was planned purchase, and very much needed) last week. It is 5 years old but has lots of bells and whistles so it feels like such a hypocritical purchase when I'm buying used clothing for our family, etc. I guess I'm a little uncomfortable going from driving my 10 year old base model sedan (which was not working for us) to something that I consider so upscale. Nobody flame me please, I'm feeling guilty enough already