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post #21 of 44
I'd like to try too. More room available on the good ship compact?
post #22 of 44
hey the more the merrier!!!

i've resisted the clearance bins at kroger. i already have 2 deoderants, 2 toothpastes, all our cookery stuff is in storage or headed there anyway....but still it was mighty tempting

however i did get a 25cent pair of pajama bottoms b/c well because they were on clearance at work...but i'm going to donate 1 maybe 2 full sets of pajamas to goodwill, perhaps that will balance things out a bit. i'll be helping others not to buy new: lame excuse i know.

but i will do better
post #23 of 44
I'll join in, too. I'm pretty sure we're already living this way, but I'd like to track it more closely. I'm in for a month or a year - whatever anyone else is game for.
post #24 of 44
Thread Starter 
I'm doing well so far. Mind you, I feel like I have the flu AND some contractions AND am going to the hospital every two days for NSTs, so it's not hard to avoid the temptation to shop.

We ate out once and are ordering pizza tonight (DH is in charge of dinner since I don't feel up to cooking), but both of those were locally-owned indulgences, so we're sticking to that, at least.

Maybe it was a cop-out committing to Compact on the month I'm due...ah, well.
post #25 of 44
Oh, I thought it was going to start with the new year! Okay, no biggie, I think. I'll join in with you right now. I guess my month will run from the 7th until the 6th.
post #26 of 44
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SusannahM View Post
Oh, I thought it was going to start with the new year! Okay, no biggie, I think. I'll join in with you right now. I guess my month will run from the 7th until the 6th.
I'm doing a trial month before committing to the full year. It will freak out my DH a lot less.
post #27 of 44
how do you find new to you furniture when you need it? With the holidays coming up, we will be having guests and there are a few broken items I'd like to replace like our falling apart computer desk. I'm trying not to buy new, but sometimes its hard to find it used at goodwill, etc. when you need it. any ideas?
post #28 of 44
I've used Craigslist for furniture several times (big selection there) and also eBay by searching by zip code. Also, church rummage sales and community garage sales usually have some furniture. The newspaper classifieds used to be a good source, don't know if they still are.
post #29 of 44
I'll have to check around and see whats there. We have a great classifieds for our area I'd forgotten about. thanks!
post #30 of 44
So, I had to go to Kinko's yesterday because I had to get my registration renewed for my car, but my insurance card had the wrong address. So, I needed to print out a new one with the updated address, but we don't own a printer. So, I had to pay for a printout ($.49 plus some computer time to get it downloaded). Anyway, does this count as a new purchase, since technically it's a new piece of paper?

And, the thought just occurred to me (even though it would still be a new piece of paper), I could have done this at the library for cheaper, duh!
post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by SusannahM View Post
So, I had to go to Kinko's yesterday because I had to get my registration renewed for my car, but my insurance card had the wrong address. So, I needed to print out a new one with the updated address, but we don't own a printer. So, I had to pay for a printout ($.49 plus some computer time to get it downloaded). Anyway, does this count as a new purchase, since technically it's a new piece of paper?

And, the thought just occurred to me (even though it would still be a new piece of paper), I could have done this at the library for cheaper, duh!
Susannah, it all depends on your personal Compact! I wouldn't consider that "breaking" my Compact because I don't usually think about a piece of paper that way--as a thing that I'm spending money on, bringing into my house. Sure, if you had your own printer, you could have printed it on the back of a piece of scratch paper, but you didn't have that as a possibility. And in most Compacts, health and safety items can be purchased new. I would probably consider this a safety item.

But it's totally up to you and what principles you want to follow in your Compact.
post #32 of 44
I would love to do a trial month. DH and I talked about it and he was concerned about tires. If we buy them used they have holes. We like to mountain bike a lot so this would be an issue. Other than that I will try it until December.
post #33 of 44
Thread Starter 
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I would love to do a trial month. DH and I talked about it and he was concerned about tires. If we buy them used they have holes. We like to mountain bike a lot so this would be an issue. Other than that I will try it until December.
Tires are a safety item, so they're not against the Compact.
post #34 of 44
How is everyone doing? All is well here. My boys need some socks though and I am having a tough time finding them used... I think I will have to buy them new.
post #35 of 44
If anyone's interested in hooking up on the Mamas on the Compact blog, drop me a lPM and I'll add you as a user.
post #36 of 44
Doing very well here. Nothing but food since spending the little bit at Kinko's for the print-out. I'm slightly desiring some stools to go with my outside table (we picked it up in a dumpster at a store, they were trashing it apparently since it only had 1 chair but was supposed to be a 5 piece set). I'm sure I'll find something eventually, though. I can be very patient when I want to be
post #37 of 44
Thread Starter 
Doing well here too, but it doesn't hurt that I have a brand-new babe keeping me at home and not spending. Although, I suppose I COULD be surfing the internet looking for cute girly things now that I know her gender, but I'm not.

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If anyone's interested in hooking up on the Mamas on the Compact blog, drop me a lPM and I'll add you as a user.
Is this for bloggers only or any compacter looking for support?
post #38 of 44
I'm having no troubles sticking to my compact either, since DH lost his job! Woo hoo, nothing like a little financial scare to help you stop consuming!

I'm on the Mamas on the Compact blog, but I haven't posted in, like, forever :. It would be totally fun if more people were involved and posting, making a little compacting-blogging community.
post #39 of 44
I do have one question. It's not something I'm concerned about for the month, but if I do a year then I might face it. What do you do for thread for sewing? My mom's got a lot of thread I can use for a while, but it won't last me forever. I'm thinking this might be something I have to just put as an exception for my personal compact.

ETA: I think I'm answering my own question. I'm looking on eBay and finding a few ads for thread that was found at an estate sale or such. I think it's doable to only buy thread someone else bought new and then didn't use.

I'm still interested in other's experiences, though!
post #40 of 44
BTW, there is a yahoo group too. It is sooo big though. Maybe we could do a smaller thing here on MDC every month.
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