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post #21 of 99
My neighbor just got 4 chickens so I am going to glean some information and tips from him and hopefully get 2 chickens in the spring. I am excited about that.

Elizabeth
post #22 of 99
anyone else having trouble convincing DH to get on board? I would love to try, but I may have to take it one week at a time!
post #23 of 99
Thanks for the welcome! I hope to become an active member of this community.
post #24 of 99
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Originally Posted by StartingtoCrunch View Post
anyone else having trouble convincing DH to get on board? I would love to try, but I may have to take it one week at a time!
My DH isn't on board, but my semi-Compacting ways (read: cheap!) have already filtered down to him through me. I can't win him over to committing to Compact, so I'll just go it alone. I'm the main household purchaser anyhow. Every little bit counts, right? :
post #25 of 99
Can I be in after February 17th? That's my DS's birthday and there are some things that I really, really want for him to have. :

ETA: I wanted to add that I've been mentally preparing for this. I've greatly reduced my spending in general and we are making the majority of our holiday gifts.
post #26 of 99
I am the primary purchaser in my house too. I think that will help a ton.
I am not going to be too controlling about him sticking to/breaking the Compact because successfully controlling myself is more than a full time job.
post #27 of 99
I want to try it, but I'm afraid I'm too much of a wimp...so lame, I know.

I'm in for January, at least.
post #28 of 99
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by boogiemonster View Post
My DH isn't on board, but my semi-Compacting ways (read: cheap!) have already filtered down to him through me. I can't win him over to committing to Compact, so I'll just go it alone. I'm the main household purchaser anyhow. Every little bit counts, right? :
That is where I am at too. My dh is a carpenter, so when he needs a new tool it is sometimes hard to find one that is refurbished when he needs it and also the same goes for supplies. I purchase the groceries and household items along with clothes for me and the girls. He is on board for decluttering and phasing plastics out of our lives. We already switched over to cloth diapers, napkins, mama cloth and ecobags. I've always tried consignment stores for clothing. My downfall is etsy. I NEED to by things on there because if I don't, they will be gone.
post #29 of 99
I'm definitely in for the month of January [will need a lot of support and encouragement from you all though!]

I tried this in October for a month and I only made it till the 7th and then it seemed like I went spending-crazy the whole rest of the month. Ugh!

Love,

Jen

It's my goal to spend not one penny during January except for buying groceries, that's it!
post #30 of 99
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by KnockedUpButtercup View Post
I am thinking of starting this in the new year, as well...I need to sit down with my DH and work out some guidelines that we both feel we can live with.

I am the "faculty sponsor" of the Buddhist Student Association at my middle school (I'm actually not Buddhist, I'm Episcopalian...but Buddhism fascinates me and they had the idea to form a club and needed a sponsor), and Buddhism has a premise called the "Noble Eightfold Path." The first step is "Right View," which includes acceptance of the "4 Truths," which basically means the following, according to my students:

--life is suffering
--suffering is caused by "want"
--by "wanting," we cause our own suffering
--disconnecting ourselves from want is the way to peace

I'm not sure if this is the best summary or not, but I'm getting my info from a combination of 8th graders and wikipedia. I need to buy a book on this stuff...

It made sense when they explained it, anyway. I am hoping that spending a year on the Compact will help me end my love affair with "want," which is certainly keeping me from peace.

Anyway, I am interested in being part of a Compacting thread in the new year, if one if forming!

Holly
I've got a book if you want it. It is from a class I took on Eastern religions. http://www.amazon.com/Buddhist-Tradi...7996915&sr=8-1
The class covered Buddhism and Hinduism and I learned a lot, but the book is sitting here collecting dust.
post #31 of 99
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Simply_Jen View Post
I'm definitely in for the month of January [will need a lot of support and encouragement from you all though!]

I tried this in October for a month and I only made it till the 7th and then it seemed like I went spending-crazy the whole rest of the month. Ugh!

Love,

Jen

It's my goal to spend not one penny during January except for buying groceries, that's it!
I started this thread for support because it is a difficult undertaking and my family thinks I am crazy.

The first main question that I have is gift cards. I have a few of them sitting around and I'm not sure what I should be doing with them. On one hand they were gifts from other people, but on the other it is still spending even if it is not my money. Also, what guidelines do you follow as far as gifts go? I won't be starting until after christmas, but my birthday is in February. If I ask for nothing, I get more gift cards and money.
post #32 of 99
I don't know what the Compacting gods would say about this. I have a few thoughts:

-You could donate the cards to a family in need or use them to buy supplies needed by, say, your local women's shelter.
-You could set them aside until you're done compacting (they don't expire, do they?). Maybe you'd have enough saved up to get something really major instead of spending $20 here and there.
-You could decide as part of your Compact to graciously accept gifts and not stress about it...the money's already been spent, right?

Let us know what you decide.
post #33 of 99
You could save them and give them as gifts.
post #34 of 99
How about if the gift card is from Walmart or a store like that and you're compacting, that you maybe use them for things that you "have" to buy that compacting doesn't include.

Such as: Toilet paper, deoderant, cleaning supplies and so forth.

Just an idea!

Love,

Jen
post #35 of 99
So i've thought about this a bit more and have decided to commit to Jan to start with. My longer term goal is till March- then mine and my DD b-day is in April so we may restart after that

My exception for Jan
* $60 that i've already commited to with my brothers and sisters for my mothers 50th b-day gift (she's getting a dig camera).
*TP (i actually should be good till feb)
*dipers (we use to CD but i have to work FT now and can hardly keep up with cloths! plus i would have to BUY more )
*ink for my printer

I will not buy anything else, which is going to be really hard since i've recently discovered that i replaced my relationship (Dp and i split in May) with shopping thats yet another reason i'm doing this

(I think re-gifting the gift cards is a fabulous idea. or use them to purchase your exceptions)
post #36 of 99
Im in....again.
I fell off the compact wagon this summer (Target and a beautiful tent on clearance) but am in again for 2008.
DH and I are going to talk and set our goals/rules and i'll be back to post.
post #37 of 99
I'm in!

DH and I really excited to give this a go this year. Right now we are talking about our plans and what we will "need" to spend on. Getting psyched though!
post #38 of 99
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Simply_Jen View Post
How about if the gift card is from Walmart or a store like that and you're compacting, that you maybe use them for things that you "have" to buy that compacting doesn't include.

Such as: Toilet paper, deoderant, cleaning supplies and so forth.

Just an idea!

Love,

Jen
No such luck. The one I have now is for Victoria's Secret. The in-laws get me one every year for the past 4. One year they asked me what I wanted and I told them that I didn't need anything except for a few new bras. I've been nursing for the past few years, so if they got me a gc for somewhere that sold nursing bras that would be great.
post #39 of 99
I did unfortunately go to Target today. I only bought food items though. I also bought a new monitor, but I consider that a safety issue. Both of ours broke and I must be able to hear ds2 upstairs.
post #40 of 99
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Originally Posted by mamaveggie View Post
No such luck. The one I have now is for Victoria's Secret. The in-laws get me one every year for the past 4. One year they asked me what I wanted and I told them that I didn't need anything except for a few new bras. I've been nursing for the past few years, so if they got me a gc for somewhere that sold nursing bras that would be great.
you could trade it for a gc to a more useful store! or sell it . . . or regift. or use to buy undies!
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