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post #41 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.
Can you just keep it to regift it?
post #42 of 99
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Originally Posted by doubledutch View Post
you could trade it for a gc to a more useful store! or sell it . . . or regift. or use to buy undies!
I guess I'll just buy plain undies. I don't really know anyone that I'd be comfortable gifting it to.
post #43 of 99
I'm new here ,but I'm very interested in this!!
Dh and I are on board with compacting. We're planning on starting the beginning of the new year!
post #44 of 99
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Originally Posted by Mommy2anangel View Post
I'm new here ,but I'm very interested in this!!
Dh and I are on board with compacting. We're planning on starting the beginning of the new year!
I'm getting excited too. I made a first real compacting decision today. Our humidifier broke and we went to look at new ones, which were $30 a piece. The original one was bought at goodwill in 2001 for $3. We have plans with dh's mother over the weekend and she lives near a Goodwill Store, so we plan on checking there before buying a brand new one. Has anyone else started early too?
post #45 of 99
I'm interested, but am going to : for now. I need to talk to DH first. I've been thinking about this a lot lately and wanted to try to find a group for the new year. Thanks for starting the thread
post #46 of 99
I'm in for 6 months (Jan-Jun) with the exception of homeschooling materials(incl printer ink& paper, art supplies, paper, textbooks, glue, paint etc) undergarments, socks and shoes as needed by the family, food an hygiene items(I replace toothbrushes every 90 days for example). I plan on moving at the end of June and will be buying a bunch of new stuff at that point plus birthdays etc. SO 6 months it is. And any gift cards I get for xmas I will be spending since I am in dire need of new clothes and GC is what I asked for for xmas.
post #47 of 99

Help!!

Ok, here's the thing. On the one hand I am ready to begin the Compact. I am ready to live my values, right? BUT, I have also been obsessively thinking about shopping and buying stuff because I only have 12 days left. Now, I haven't actually purchased anything more than what I was already planning to, but the stress is really bugging me. I feel like I am wanting to do that thing where you binge before beginning a diet, but I know that's not the right way to approach it, especially if I want the changes to be longer lasting.

post #48 of 99
I would really like to join in also! I think I will commit for 3 months and go from there! I am going to start Jan. 1st this gives me a little while to read through the old threads, and get myself prepared!
post #49 of 99
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Originally Posted by a2mama View Post
Ok, here's the thing. On the one hand I am ready to begin the Compact. I am ready to live my values, right? BUT, I have also been obsessively thinking about shopping and buying stuff because I only have 12 days left. Now, I haven't actually purchased anything more than what I was already planning to, but the stress is really bugging me. I feel like I am wanting to do that thing where you binge before beginning a diet, but I know that's not the right way to approach it, especially if I want the changes to be longer lasting.

I'm with you on this, mama.

Be strong!
post #50 of 99
I'm with you ladies too- i'm holding myself back from thinking of all the things i may need in the next 3 months and buying now!
post #51 of 99
Thread Starter 
You can buy things you need like toiletries, undergarments and food new. You can buy other things that you need like clothing used. There are a lot of ways to buy used, used bookstores, thrift stores, ebay, craigslist and freecycle are good sources. I know that my digital camera is almost shot and I will be buying a new one during the compact, but I will be checking out craigslist. I already looked at a bunch and it shouldn't be a problem finding a "new" one. The compact is about making things last/making do and being conscious about what you are buying.
post #52 of 99
I'm in starting Jan. 1st. DH and I just need to iron out our version.

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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.
Maybe donate it to a homeless or domestic violence shelter? Those places are always asking for donations of new bras and underwear.
post #53 of 99
raw materials don't count in this do they? For example, I plan on building 2 different playstands for my kids in the new year, I would have to buy the wood and hardware to do so, that's still "ok" isn't it?
post #54 of 99
I would like to join this thread!

I took the Compact in April and have bought 5 'new' things in that time, including a tent so that we could camp for our family holidays and go exploring and a reel push mower as a replacement for my old electric one that broke in the summer. I am fine with my 5 'violations' as they were all long term investments and non-frivolous purchases.

However.... I have been spending far too much time and energy in charity (thrift) shops. I have found that I am really quite content never to buy new clothes/houseware/childrens items again and that is something that I didnt think I would get to! But, the 'hunt and acquire' process for second-hand has replaced the 'hunt and acquire' process that I used to have when buying new! So, January is the time to look at what that is all about!

From January, I will re-pledge for the next 12 months and up my efforts to include no clothes (except for socks, which I am heavy on) at all. I have 'enough'. I really want to get out of this 'need to buy', preloved OR new. That is why I took the Compact in the first place - it wanst really about money saving, it was about emotional and mental (and planetary!) energy saving.

It feels good to revist this with some adjustments! :
post #55 of 99
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Originally Posted by swellmomma View Post
raw materials don't count in this do they? For example, I plan on building 2 different playstands for my kids in the new year, I would have to buy the wood and hardware to do so, that's still "ok" isn't it?
You could try to find the materials through other channels before, say, buying them at Home Depot. Maybe someone on Freecycle or Craigslist has leftover materials from a project that they'd be willing to let go of. Just a thought. It would definitely take some scouting around to find things, but it might be worth it.
post #56 of 99
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Originally Posted by swellmomma View Post
raw materials don't count in this do they? For example, I plan on building 2 different playstands for my kids in the new year, I would have to buy the wood and hardware to do so, that's still "ok" isn't it?
I would try and find wood to recycle first.
post #57 of 99
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Originally Posted by a2mama View Post
Ok, here's the thing. On the one hand I am ready to begin the Compact. I am ready to live my values, right? BUT, I have also been obsessively thinking about shopping and buying stuff because I only have 12 days left. Now, I haven't actually purchased anything more than what I was already planning to, but the stress is really bugging me. I feel like I am wanting to do that thing where you binge before beginning a diet, but I know that's not the right way to approach it, especially if I want the changes to be longer lasting.

Sounds like your stressed. Do some morning or nightly meditations. They really help calm and bring me back to what I am.
post #58 of 99
DH and i talked about our goals and rules.
It was really hard for us to figure these out as we already consider ourselves compacters. So I guess our next step would be to become more sustainable as well as stop spending.

We just moved into a new apartment and growing our own food will be a lot harder than when we owned our own lot. So one of our goals is to either simplify our apartment even more and construct an indoor garden or join a community garden for our veggies and grow our herbs for cooking and medicine in our home. The last one is the more likely. We will also preserve our fruit. This would help simplify our busy city life and resist global corporatism.

I really would like to focus on doing my art from recycled and found objects. Buying new art supplies is my biggest downfall. My only exception would have to be screen printing ink and emulsion but make our own screens and if I have too, buy new paints. They have to be purchased from a local art store.
The kids crafts seem to be easy for me to buy used or to get really creative and use found objects around the house. I would need to buy glue new.

Cut back on eating out. Still thinking of a plan here. Do more menu planning and keep the pantry stocked i guess

I will try to make things before we try to find them used. For example, we need a shower curtain but I am making one (out of an old curtain we are no longer using) instead of hunting at the local Salvation army. We needed new stockings this year but I am making them from scrap fabric instead of looking for used ones.

For purchasing new things like soap, shampoo, computer paper and ink ect., we are going to stay away from big box stores and large corporations. This should be pretty easy as we live in a huge city. We are going to try and buy from places that are in our neighborhood first.

We will borrow books movies ect. from the library instead of buying. My only exception is for homeschooling items I need to have. We will buy these used.
And our music is another exception. We listen to music on vinyl (records) and we have agreed to this being something we can buy new if we can't find it used.

We will take advantage of the free days at our museums instead of paying for admissions and use free entertainment that is offered in our city. Our only exception here are for shows but only if its cheap. Smaller labels tend to be around $15 a ticket and this is basically all we listen to anyway. Another exception would be classes for the family like art class or classes for DH to further his education.

No more thrift store shopping to curb boredom. Like a pp, I have this problem. Im always afraid Im going to miss a great deal and end up coming home with another dress or cast iron pan

We are going to use public trans and bike more. This will help us cut back on supporting oil companies. This winter has been killer for us and we need to take advantage of the bus system here in Chicago instead of driving. Its a piece of cake in the summer but its winter that kills us. Biking with the DC in the winter is impossible.

ok Im going to stop. We have a few more things specific we touched on but this post in getting looonnggg. I'd be surprised if anyone read this far
post #59 of 99
So I have been thinking this over and 2 things I have ?s about textbooks..I need textbooks in January. My only idea is to shop maybe Amazon and buy them used?? Makeup. Yes I am a makeup addict although I do have mineral makeup I think I will need to replace 1 thing during the 3 months. Should I just buy it now or is that cheating
post #60 of 99
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Originally Posted by mumkenna&lucas View Post
So I have been thinking this over and 2 things I have ?s about textbooks..I need textbooks in January. My only idea is to shop maybe Amazon and buy them used?? Makeup. Yes I am a makeup addict although I do have mineral makeup I think I will need to replace 1 thing during the 3 months. Should I just buy it now or is that cheating
i was wondering about the text books also, i'm going back to school in Jan also (yay! me) i'm hoping to find the books used if for no other reason than to save on $- oh and compacting
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