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Calling those making a "one month" commitment to compacting

post #1 of 52
Thread Starter 
Hi!

I was just wondering if any of you who have also only made a "one month" commitment to compacting would like to post on this thread with me?

I know that many are going for 3, 6 or even 12 months but I think I want to start small and just go it for a month.

Anyone care to join me?

Love,

Jen

* Only one shopping day left before the "Big C" starts [Compacting! *lol*]
post #2 of 52
I'll post with you. It's going to be hard for me, but I'm giving it a try.

I wanted to add that I've been doing an "avoid the after Christmas clearance" version so far, and it's going well.
post #3 of 52
yep, i'm doing february - the shortest month of the year! sadly, i'm bribing myself with something i want to buy on march 1.

marisa
post #4 of 52
We're doing a month, January. I'm totally trying not to freak out-- we rarely buy anything new anyway but...this....is scary!!
post #5 of 52
Thread Starter 
I'm so glad I won't be alone here ... thanks for posting everybody!

Vanessa ... good job with avoiding the clearance sales [I've totally avoided them as well!]

I totally agree with you gals, this IS kind of scarey. *lol*

Back in October I think it was, I attempted to do this and did great UNTIL the 7th of the month and then I went hog-wild and way over spent that month so am gonna really need support here I'm sure!

Love,

Jennelle
post #6 of 52
ok... But what are we doing "compacting"? Just not buying anything or...?

We spent too much over December and then found a $200 receipt that didn't get put in the checkbook, so we're (thanks to Christmas presents) not in the red, but I'm wanting to save money in January-- so I have an extremely tight budget and trying to "save" $300 in January- which means no spending!
post #7 of 52
rachel, i am going to be thrifty in other ways, too.

for example, we have to buy some groceries every week, but i'm going to try to use up some of the things that have been sitting in my cupboards for a while (ie, to buy less groceries, basically just produce & dairy).

i am going to try-try-try to have one errand day per week, which will save on gas. right now, i tend to go to the big grocery store, the crunchy grocery store, target, and one or two other random places, all on different days.

what else? if you spend any money on entertainment, even if it's little things like renting a movie or meeting a friend for coffee, you could think of free things to do instead - like re-watching an old movie you already own (or reading!), having the friend over to your house for coffee (or a walk!).

i need to go take my own advice.
post #8 of 52
I'm in it with you for January. I keep hearing so much about compacting and feel I lean towards that way anyways, so why not?
I'd like to know what everyone thinks about light bulbs. What kind should I get? I hear the long term ones have mercury in them???

I also need to make/trade for/ find or buy used a shelf or two for my kids toys. I'd love one with little bins, but target has them for $60 and no way I'm spending that. I'd like to avoid all big box stores anyway.
post #9 of 52
Thread Starter 
Hi again!

Rachel, for me with compacting - I'm aiming for not buying anything this month except for food, health items if needed and the other exception for those compacting long-term, I believe is personal items such as toilet paper, deoderant and such things as that.

I am also going to try to be careful with grocery spending as well and use up as much as I can with what I have here.

Of course, I may end up with some pretty strange meals if I do that. *lol*

sunanthem, I'm not sure about the lightbulbs because I've never bought or used any but just the regular ones. Sorry!

Well gals, it's just after 12:30 a.m. so ......... here we go!

Love,

Jen
post #10 of 52
I feel a lot like Simply Jen.

I just want to see less crap in this house and MORE MONEY SAVED! I'm so excited at seeing what my bank account might be at the end of the month!
post #11 of 52
We're working on NO SPENDING in 2008. We're starting with Jan. No eating out. I'm excited to see what our bank account will look like come Feb.
post #12 of 52
I did one month in November. It was pretty easy...so I know you mamas can do it.

I'm signing up for the year. Hopefully I'll see some of you in the longer-term threads after your month is up.

Good luck!
post #13 of 52
I'm in for the challenge!! I'm VERY new to compacting. I'm packing up my CHirstmas stuff (waaay too much) and already have 2 boxes that are going to Goodwill...

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Originally Posted by sunanthem View Post
I also need to make/trade for/ find or buy used a shelf or two for my kids toys. I'd love one with little bins, but target has them for $60 and no way I'm spending that. I'd like to avoid all big box stores anyway.
Wait a while. Those are *always* on sale for $35-40 at Target. That's when I got my DDs for her room! They are the BEST at sorting little toys (polly pockets, books, dolls).

Happy 2008!!
post #14 of 52
What exactly is compacting? I'm hoping to use up all of our extra products - like soaps, creams, cleaning products etc. and then have a SINGLE preferably naturally homemade one for a lot of them (you know, like my homemade cream...instead of 7 different moisturizing skin products, 7? Make that more like 15). I'm decluttering the apartment so that there is a lot of empty space, everything has a spot and it's easy to clean up... AND I'm getting to work (organized babysitters to get some time) on our basement rooms and attick. 9 years worth of packratting from both DH and I, but we want to start fresh and be simple.
post #15 of 52
I'm up for it, but I need to mentally prepare. I think I'll shoot for Feb. too. Where can I find info on all that is involved in compacting? I have an idea, but I want to be sure I understand completely.
post #16 of 52
Well, I'm already bust. We have some Christmas money and we're going to the mall to buy pants, in my defense I desperatly need pants that fit. I only have 3 pair right now and 1 of those have a HUGE hole in the butt. We can only wash jeans once or twice a week (pay washer & dryer) so I need more than 2 pair. Off to buy 1 or 2 more at Steve & Berry's they are only $9 each

Does that count since I acutally NEED pants?
post #17 of 52
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Originally Posted by Meg_s View Post
What exactly is compacting?
Stolen from the jan. compacting thread Red Ant said, :
The Compact
1) to go beyond recycling in trying to counteract the negative global environmental and socioeconomic impacts of U.S. consumer culture, to resist global corporatism, and to support local businesses, farms, etc. -- a step, we hope, inherits the revolutionary impulse of the Mayflower Compact
2) to reduce clutter and waste in our homes (as in trash Compact-er)
3) to simplify our lives (as in Calm-pact)
So, here goes for the rules:
• First principle - don't buy new products of any kind (from stores, web sites, etc.)
• Second principle - borrow or buy used.

Many people come up with a list of their own exceptions, particularly for work and health items (perhaps including pillows or shoes or car tires if needed).


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Originally Posted by I-Love-Alaska View Post
I'm in for the challenge!! I'm VERY new to compacting. I'm packing up my CHirstmas stuff (waaay too much) and already have 2 boxes that are going to Goodwill...



Wait a while. Those are *always* on sale for $35-40 at Target. That's when I got my DDs for her room! They are the BEST at sorting little toys (polly pockets, books, dolls).

Happy 2008!!
But even buying clearance items is still buying new, and from a big box store. I think I will first try swapping around some shelves in my house, if that doesn't work I may find something used at thrift shops or craigslist, or I may buy a shelf from a local gift shop that sells locally made rustic furniture.

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Originally Posted by sabrinat View Post
I'm up for it, but I need to mentally prepare. I think I'll shoot for Feb. too. Where can I find info on all that is involved in compacting? I have an idea, but I want to be sure I understand completely.
Here is a compacting blog; http://sfcompact.blogspot.com/
on the lower right you'll see a link to the yahoo compactors group. You may even have a local group. I was refered to one and joined, people are pretty helpful with questions for newbies.
post #18 of 52
Thread Starter 
Well gals, here it is ... 3:11 p.m. and so far so good.

But then too ... no bus running today so I couldn't get anywhere to spend money anyways. *lol*

Okay, that's not true I guess 'cuz Rite Aid is right across the street from me but it's snowy, cold and well - I'm not going anywhere so I guess I'm safe today. *Grin*

Love,

Jen
post #19 of 52
I am in for January as well. IDK yet what I will do next month. We'll see how it goes. I am going to make 2 exceptions:
1) I will allow myself $20 of my Christmas money to buy something my home really needs (decorative cord covers, for the cords that hang behind my desk, it looks awful). Someone gave me the cash specifically for that, and I feel like I should use it that way rather than put it away.
2) I am not restricting spending on handmade goods, as I think that it really helps support people rather than big business.

Happy new year everyone!
post #20 of 52
I'm so in for this!
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