I'm in too and added my blog (its a new one so not much on it yet). Actually my blog name is really close to yours snowbunny! I guess great minds think alike
: Here's a link
Anyway, my DH is completely up for the challenge. He isn't the buying type anyway. The only thing he buys are parts for for his car projects, many of which he already gets used. He never buys clothes, shoes, etc for himself...I like to shop so much I do it for him.
: Right now I am thinking of ideas of what to do besides go to the craft store or Target when I am bored and need out of the house. I do have to say that over the last 6 months my spending has cut down dramatically. I've learned to get out of the moment of wanting something right now
and think about whether or not I really need it. I would still really like to take it this step further, I feel like it is enlightening to be getting rid of what I already have and learning what I really need (or don't need).
The only things I am making exceptions for printing photos (I got that idea from you Sara- very glad I remembered to add it to mine
), tickets to events, and yarn that I cannot find to trade for that is for a specific project. DH is making an exception for carparts that he cannot find used or that would not be safe to buy used such as brakes.
On the subject of Christmas, the other night when DH and decided to join the Compact, we also decided to skip Christmas gifts this year and instead just enjoy our family. I will make one gift for each one of the kids out of stuff I already have (I love making stuff from recycled wool sweaters) and possibly buy them each a used book, which is how I think it should be in the first place. Progressively each year Dh's family has gotten more and more obscene with the amount of gifts they lavish on the 15 or so adults plus our kids (well the baby is a new addition this year). Seriously we leave the annual gathering with our trunk FULL of gifts and we cannot afford to be buying for these people who don't need anything anyway! We have repeatedly asked them to do a small gift exchange and they refuse, because they like buying stuff for each other. Anyway, we know DH's parents and sister are fine with no gifts from/to us because they feel the same way. In fact, they have started just doing charity donations in lieu of gifts which I think is great. We just have to find a polite way to tell the rest of the fam, "thanks, but no thanks"
. I would have to say that 95% of what we receive from the each year is not things we want/need at all. The first few years we ended up with tremendous clutter because of it. I am just hoping DH will be the one who will talk to them
So we are in
Very committed to this and hoping to have others to talk to about it!