You are about to mix it for me again, I know this. You gave me some straight answers as soon as I started to even WONDER. I know you are listening and providing. Help a girl out again, please.
Dear Sled Dogs,
I wuv you. I miss you. I miss your craziness and kooky sounds. I [...]
I’m in the home stretch of The 31 Day Compact. I have resolved to go longer. How much longer, I am unsure. I don’t want to pick and date then just go back to my consumer-y ways. I think that this project will prevent me from going on a buying spree the day after I [...]
Forgive me Compactors, for I have sinned. It has been, um, 28 years since my last confession. This being my first.
I bought something new. And expensive (for me, anyway). I bought some boots. Not needed winter boots, but badass, made in America by America’s oldest boot company boots. There is really no reason for this [...]
The Compact is still going okay in the Baker-Ridge house. I think that it helps that we have: 1) a budget; 2) debt to pay off (goal); and 3) vacation goals. Knowing that every little bit we don’t spend on extra crap that will just take up space translates into more cash being applied to [...]
Hold me back….I’ve got the “shoppies” BAD. This happens each time I try to set up a budget (check! using the Envelope System over here) and stick to it (doing okay on that part). I see this little wad of leftover money and I want to spend it.
I have not bought anything, even though [...]
The Plastic Project
Here, in all it’s horrible petroleum-based glory, is the plastic that was brought into this house in 30 days:
HOLY FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU$%. That’s a lot of plastic. 209 items, 25 of which were not shown because they were already pitched (yucky saran wrap, baggies, plastic ends to water filters, etc).
A couple of disclaimers:
1) I started [...]
Ryan came up with the name for this one!
This is all about paying off debt, people. Whoooooo boy. This is actually a combined strategy from my Dad, who is not a financial adviser, but is a really smart guy, and Suze Orman, who is a financial guru. Here’s what ya do:
1) Make a list of [...]
I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback on The Compact! For all of you joining, good luck! It does sound a little easy at first and then whamo! You’re putting stuff back on the shelf and not trying to cry. It’s hard to break habits.
I am going to be really honest here… I think that [...]
So, if you haven’t heard of The Compact, head over here and here for some primers. If you are lazy or hate to follow links, basic premise: People not buying new stuff. There are some exceptions of course (groceries, medications/medical things, toilet paper, underpants, essential & recreational services). You get the idea. One can thrift, [...]
Ah, reflection. I ganked this from The Spectrum. Laura is a most hilarious writer and very honest about her life struggles. More “R” words later. The dreaded…..resolutions.
1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
I quit 2 jobs.
I led a Passover Seder.
I tried to buy a house.
I backpacked with my [...]