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post #81 of 99
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Originally Posted by brigmaman View Post
I'm totally intrigued now. Am subbing and taking this one day at a time.
Jill, if you see this, I'd love to know about anything locally that works well for you.
Hey Trish! I was just thinking of you the other day. I was talking to my Aunt Pat who wishes she were Aunt Trish... anyway... the ARF Thrift store in Water Mill is great and the little one in Bridgehampton is even more awesome. I also do love Ebay, though it isn't as great b/c of the energy it takes to ship. The consignment place in Hampton Bays is pretty good for the kid's stuff.
post #82 of 99
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Originally Posted by beansricerevolt View Post
Im trying to come up with a way to store my recycle stuff. We don't have curb side pick up so I go to a center once a week (Friday or Saturday) to drop it all off.
We live in a tiny apartment and right now im using paper bags to hold it all. They are just sitting there in my kitchen, out in the open, heaping. They are in the only place I can put them.
I was thinking of getting something like this
http://www.amazon.com/Richell-USA-Bi...8856936&sr=8-2
but being super frugal and a compacter, I can't fathom making this purchase. Theres got to be a better way.
I've been looking through thrift stores and such and haven't found anything yet. Im keeping my eyes open on craigs list too.
What would you all do?
It probably doesn't hold as much as the tower on Amazon.com, but I use a plastic storage cart (like this: http://www.target.com/Sterilite-Wide...%20cart&page=1). You could probably find one at a yard sale. I used to work at a university and you can find these in the dumpster at the end of the semester (an unbelievable amount of stuff gets left behind in the dorms). The drawers can be pulled out and washed w/ soapy water. HTH
post #83 of 99
Ok, I've thought about my exceptions. And I totally think we can do this. I'm pretty excited actually.
post #84 of 99
I'm in!

As for exceptions, I need to think on those a bit before posting. I'm excited!
post #85 of 99
I can't believe I'm actually doing this....

We have too much stuff. We buy too much too often.

DH and I talked about it for quite a while last night. We're both mostly on board. I'm not quite prepared to begin Jan 1st. I want to wait until after my mother has moved in around Jan 4th, I return to school Jan 7th, and my youngest turns 2 on Jan 13th...

But I think I see a fairly firm desire in both of us to do this. Definitely.

I'm not sure of all of our exceptions. Some are a given, like I'll need my school textbooks, but I need to observe our spending a bit more to see what is actually going to have to be written in.

Oy, excited and nervous at the same time.
post #86 of 99
I have been thinking of my exceptions also,
Here are mine for my 3 month commitment
I have joined 3 co-ops prior to joinng the compact, The payments will be due soon..I will fulfill these then no more
I will TRY and buy all my textbooks used but if I have to buy a new one..I have to buy a new one..
Picture developing. I have a bunch of pictures from our vacation and Christmas that I need to develop a bunch of them.. I have the albums to put them in I just need the pictures.

So those are my exceptions. It seems like alot though
post #87 of 99
ok so this is all about cleaning stuff out and not buying new items ? if his is true i am so in .

nak
post #88 of 99
I lurked on this topic last year and will do it again this year. I think my exceptions water it down too much to be called compacting but I am a *very* conscious consumer. I think about every purchase far too much and try to minimize every aspect of my purchasing from first trying to borrow if feasible, to buying used, to buying less, to minimizing packaging, etc. Most things need to serve more than one purpose and be durable and reusable. It drives dh crazy as I talk things through but it does help cut down on so much wasteful consuming.
post #89 of 99
How's everyone doing?

I've done pretty well so far! I still need to come up with my list of rules/exceptions but I *still* haven't had a chance. You'd think I had a 3 year old and a newborn or something .
post #90 of 99
Hi Rachel,

As for myself, I ended up having to go to Walmart yesterday to buy 2 skeins of yarn and a few groceries.

I needed the yarn because I'm working on little cross-in-my-pockets for charity for kids at Christmas time and so need to start in January to have enough by the end of the year.

No little stores here in my town to buy yarn from [heck, we're lucky to have Walmart or we've just have 2 dollar stores here and neither sell yarn or material!]

Anyways, I sort of consider my trip a success because for the first time in I don't know how long - I left the store for under $20.00 [groceries included] and normally it's to where I can't get out of there under 50 or 100 bucks.

Love,

Jen

P.S. I'm glad that you're doing so good on this ... it feels good, doesn't it?
post #91 of 99
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Originally Posted by mommajb View Post
I think my exceptions water it down too much to be called compacting but I am a *very* conscious consumer. I think about every purchase far too much and try to minimize every aspect of my purchasing from first trying to borrow if feasible, to buying used, to buying less, to minimizing packaging, etc. Most things need to serve more than one purpose and be durable and reusable. It drives dh crazy as I talk things through but it does help cut down on so much wasteful consuming.
At the end of the day, that consciousness is what really matters. It is unrealistic to think that every person will go completely to the compacting way of life. But far too many people buy and consume and buy and consume without giving it a second thought. Hopefully things like this will motivate people to become more conscious of what they buy and consume. We will all be better of for it.
post #92 of 99
Hello! Just seeing this. I agree that WM Arf is key. I have found so much there. Brig and I call it the treasure shop.
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Originally Posted by SugarAndSun View Post
Hey Trish! I was just thinking of you the other day. I was talking to my Aunt Pat who wishes she were Aunt Trish... anyway... the ARF Thrift store in Water Mill is great and the little one in Bridgehampton is even more awesome. I also do love Ebay, though it isn't as great b/c of the energy it takes to ship. The consignment place in Hampton Bays is pretty good for the kid's stuff.
post #93 of 99
How's everybody doing? I hope good!

I've been doing really well lately and hope to keep it up. I want to see my savings account balance keep going up each month and this helps to keep me inspired to keep going.

Love,

Jennelle
post #94 of 99
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Originally Posted by Simply_Jen View Post
How's everybody doing? I hope good!

I've been doing really well lately and hope to keep it up. I want to see my savings account balance keep going up each month and this helps to keep me inspired to keep going.

Love,

Jennelle
That is a great goal, Jennelle! We have a lot of debt to pay off, most of it from when we weren't careful with how we spent money. We've never lived extravagantly, but still, all those little unnecessary purchases on credit cards really add up. So that is our focus right now. After that, I'll be there with you in watching savings grow!
post #95 of 99
I'm still doing really well.

Ds's birthday is coming up and I'm trying to think of something fun we can do. He loves dinosaurs so one idea I have is to make cupcakes, ice them, and then top them with his little dinosaurs. I'd like to try to find him a couple books at the thrift store, too.
post #96 of 99

Compacting Birthday!

Dd's birthday is coming up. I'm kind of looking forward to the challenge! So far, I made the invitations myself:

http://www.hippicks.com/images/monkeyinvites.jpg

I used cardstock and punched circles out of paper lunch bags. I think they turned out cute!

I'm planning on making little beanbags out of banana fabric that I already have. Dh will make a cardboard beanbag toss game (with holes to toss the beanbags through). The kids are little, so mostly they will be interested in playing with dd's and ds's toys - so I don't think we need many activities.

I have already purchased most of her gifts (I planned/bought/made xmas and birthdays at the same time). But I am also getting a tricycle off Craigslist and going to the library book sale tomorrow for some books! I've made her a Waldorf doll, but I need to make some clothing for it. All in all, I think it is going to work!
post #97 of 99

My first "oops"!

My dd found a really cute book at the library that I thought would be perfect for one of ds's friends. I went on Amazon and made a point to go to the used section. The first few sellers had mediocre feedback, said the book had coffee stains, etc. Finally I found one that said it was in new condition and they had 99% positive feedback. Only after I bought it did I realize that this seller is probably a reseller for new books (not used)! Other sellers said "Ships directly from the publisher" and such things, so I think it is the same situation here. I should have been paying more attention (see my sig... ha ha). Anyway, my first official break from the compact - luckily a small and accidental one. I must be more vigilant in the future!
post #98 of 99
Hipgal, your party invites and ideas are great! Congrats on your creativity. I'm trying to design invitations for an anniversary party. I'm having trouble creating something that I can trust won't come open in the mail though. I think I might need to purchase envelopes.

And Amazon is kind of a trap, I agree. The over $25 free shipping part always gets me. If you're buying a few books, it costs more to buy them used than it does to buy them new. :
post #99 of 99
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Originally Posted by RedAnt View Post
Hipgal, your party invites and ideas are great! Congrats on your creativity. I'm trying to design invitations for an anniversary party. I'm having trouble creating something that I can trust won't come open in the mail though. I think I might need to purchase envelopes.

And Amazon is kind of a trap, I agree. The over $25 free shipping part always gets me. If you're buying a few books, it costs more to buy them used than it does to buy them new. :
Thanks! I was lucky that we already had envelopes. Otherwise, I would have had to get really creative! I probably could have just done email invites, now that I think of it. But I like making stuff. Then again, it would have been fun to design something on the computer as well!

Yes! I actually paid more because of shipping to buy it used! Well, what I thought was used, anyway. Normally I could get my order up to $25 no problem. But now I can't do that, so in most cases the used books are the same price or more than the new because of shipping! Grrr.

Actually, I have the same problem on Craigslist right now. People list things with such high prices. Like they bought it new for $85 and selling it used for $80. Huh? I even saw a used $20 Ikea easel for $20. Help me out, people!
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