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I need a Compacting buddy!!

post #1 of 44
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I've been seriously thinking about signing a Compact as a New Year's resolution. I've talked to DH about the Compact, but would have to check and see if he'll sign on. We already practice a lot of the rules, so it wouldn't be a total shock for us.

Anyone else on board?

Experienced Compacters: Any advice for a novice?
post #2 of 44
oh, that's a great idea....ing
post #3 of 44
Thread Starter 
Bumping.

Okay, so I've been reading the Compacting thread from last fall and I'm really interested in exploring this further, either for the New Year or even sooner. I talked to DH about it yesterday and it went over like a lead balloon! I don't know anyone IRL who will Compact with me, and I really, really think it's wise to have a support person/sounding board while taking the plunge.

I can post links to the old thread if anyone's interested.

I don't think I'll stick with it if I don't have someone to help me stay accountable.

Anyone? Anyone?
post #4 of 44
I tried compacting last year (starting October 1st) and I didn't quite make it a month. I'd like to do another, modified version. I'm thinking about doing a no-big-box-store compact. I would still like to support independent artisans and craftspeople. But, maybe going all the way would be a great exercise in restraint and anti-consumerism. I have to think about it. I'm interested though!
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post #6 of 44
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Originally Posted by calidarling View Post
I would love to compact, however, I have no idea where I would even start. And...I live in an apartment.

All I really know about compacting is that my grandmother does it by putting the daily scraps into a plastic bag by the sink and every few days she goes and tosses it all in a pile by the fence.

Teach me your ways and I will join you.
Calidarling, I think you're thinking of composting. Check out the pledge of what I think is the original Compact group here.

Anyhoo, when I was first thinking of Compacting, one of the longer-term Compacters suggested that even *trying* and failing sometimes was a good step because it would raise my awareness. I found that very encouraging!

I Compacted (imperfectly) from August 1 to October 1. I would love to get back into it. I'm not perfect, but awareness is important. I'd like to make this a long-term thing for my household (though DH is not so enthused), but I still make some un-Compact-like purchases, and I probably always will. But that's just me.

I have seen that some Compacters have partners who are not so excited about it, but it still makes a positive impact. For example, in our household, I make most of the major purchases, or am the driving force behind them, so even just my shopping choices make an impact.
post #7 of 44
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Yes, my DH has said he'll be supportive, but he won't commit to the Compact himself. That said, he's quite conservative in his spending and isn't opposed to buying used or Freecycling. I think I've already rubbed off on him with my thrifty ways, and he would probably make a few lifestyle changes just by living in the same house with me.

I'm still thinking it would be good to have a buddy (or a few ); someone to look to for support and to bounce questions off of.
post #8 of 44
I'll be your buddy if you'll be mine!

(BTW, I'm a transplanted Manitoban--living in Utah now.)
post #9 of 44
hey -- can I get in on the game? I'm only committing for one month. I just want to do enough to get back to my normal habits and I can't envision a long-term commitment.
post #10 of 44
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Originally Posted by VeganCupcake View Post
I'll be your buddy if you'll be mine!

(BTW, I'm a transplanted Manitoban--living in Utah now.)
You got yourself a deal, fellow Canuck!!! (I'm in Alberta.)

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hey -- can I get in on the game? I'm only committing for one month. I just want to do enough to get back to my normal habits and I can't envision a long-term commitment.
I'll do a trial month with you...want to start on 01 November? That way, the holidays can be a time to reflect and see if I'm ready to sign up for a year on 01 January. Brilliant!

I'll write up a Compact for myself tonight after the little uns stop ringing the doorbell.

VeganCupcake, OliveGirl, calidarling, hellyaellen...you in too?
post #11 of 44
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Originally Posted by boogiemonster View Post
You got yourself a deal, fellow Canuck!!! (I'm in Alberta.)



I'll do a trial month with you...want to start on 01 November? That way, the holidays can be a time to reflect and see if I'm ready to sign up for a year on 01 January. Brilliant!

I'll write up a Compact for myself tonight after the little uns stop ringing the doorbell.

VeganCupcake, OliveGirl, calidarling, hellyaellen...you in too?
Yes, I'm in!
post #12 of 44
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I've got buddies!
post #13 of 44
sweet.

November 1 and it seems very appropriate that today I get my "christmas fund" money deposited into my account -- my credit union take 40 bucks each month and puts it into a christmas fund, to be put into my checking acct on nov 1.
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post #15 of 44
this is a good month for me to try it! i'm in.
post #16 of 44
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Originally Posted by hellyaellen View Post
this is a good month for me to try it! i'm in.
Woo hoo!

How is everyone doing so far?

I resisted the urge to buy new diaper covers, figuring I have time before I need them to find some used.

We spent a bunch of money today on new brakes and an oil change, but that's a safety item, so we're good!

I (reluctantly) let DH take us out for dinner, but I insisted it be a locally-owned place. It was a bit more of a drive than a chain restaurant would have been, but, mercy, was it good.

I'm keeping my eyes open at the thrift stores for holiday gifts for the kids. I managed to do most of DD's birthday shopping by thrifting, including the most gorgeous Ukranian nesting dolls, so I'm optimistic the thrifting gods will be with me again.
post #17 of 44
I will be in for a month. I am considering '08 as the year of the Compact for our household as well. We actually did it in September, without meaning to -- we just looked back over the month and it had happened. So I am in!
post #18 of 44
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Originally Posted by SneakyPie View Post
I will be in for a month. I am considering '08 as the year of the Compact for our household as well. We actually did it in September, without meaning to -- we just looked back over the month and it had happened. So I am in!
That's pretty much my plan...Compact for the month, evaluate for a month, then see if I'm ready to take the plunge for a longer period.

Good job on the accidental September Compact!
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post #20 of 44
hi, i'd like to try....would you mamas be interested in another member of your group?
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