thanks for all the good vibes and support... its *is* important to look at the big picture, rather than the daily stuff, because you will go crazy. As I start unpackign more and more boxes, I have made a box of books to sell either at our intown used store, or on Amazon. Who has sold on Amazon? Is it easy? Is it worth it for the 15% commission they take? I guess some is better than none. Certainly I want the money, but I am also in the mode of just wanting less stuff. Plus, the less books we have, the fewer bookshelves I need to find at yardsales. We have a couple of boxes full already for stuff for our own yardsale that we're going to have in August.
I wish we had a Trader Joes near us! The nearest is in New Hampshire- definitley *not* cost effective to drive there to save 50 cents on milk! lol.... I think i actually might start a price book, between our co-op, factoring in my 15% discount, the other natural food store, and the regular grocery store. I too have been thinkign about what is important to buy organic or not. For me, produce is important. For those of us who have lived in agricultural areas, the pesticide spraying is intense (this was when I lived in California, i worked in watsonville, which is where most of hte country's strawberries are from, and a lot more). Plus, beyond the environment is the health of the farmworkers. But, while I used to buy all natural chocolate chips, spices, etc.. I think I am willing ot let that stuff go. I really appreciate with the YMOYL program that it encourages you to spend where your values are- it makes the extra money for organics worth it- again- looking big picture rather than the individual receipts. But, its hard when you get the total at the check out.
Regarding the craft fairs... I just did a google search for Maine Craft fairs- so, obviously do a search for your state. Calling Chambers of Commerce will get you the information as well. Some of them are juried. The ones we are doing are not. Cost only $40- to join the organization and I get access to 8-10 fairs.
This week I am going to tackle our phone service. Angel- i'm in Maine, but our daughter is not on mainecare... I am not sure if we could get it or not. I looked into Talk America, but I coudl only get long distance, so i'd need separate local. I don't want to pay taxes twice. I am thinking about doing just local and pre-paid calling cards for awhile to really see how much long distance we use and go from there.
You know a cool thing is about all this though? I actually feel my desire to spend decreasing- for the first time i can really remember! In the past its been brief and out of the fact that I really *did not* have the money to spend. I feel like now its a real change of outlook and goals. i am starting to look at things and see their broader impact, environmentally, socially, and on our big economic picture. Its actually kind of exciting! (wish I felt that way with no debt though...)
take care, mamas.