Sled Dog Skippy

The Compact, Days 5-7

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 there are some boots and jeans screaming “SKIPPPPPPEEEEEEH. WE ARE SUCH A GOOD DEALLLLLLL. BuuuuuuuuuY UUSSSSSSSSS. IT’s ALLLOOOOOOWED.” Do I NEED them? Nope. Do I WANT them? Oh yeah. Real bad.

Here are the numbers.

Day 5

Nada. Not one red cent left the bank.

Day 6
Payment on hospital bill: $50
Payment on medical clinic bill: $85 (this is part of The Voltron project and is DONE! First one finished!)

(I hate not having insurance. Really, really, really hate that.)

Day 7

Groceries: $27.99
We got 2 onions, some white mushrooms, a big box of organic salad greens, and bag of mozarella for that chunk of change.

Gas (Ryan): $37.00

Ryan has to drive a lot for his business; at least he has a pretty fuel-efficient car.

How are your Compacts coming along?

2 Responses to “The Compact, Days 5-7”

  1. Kim says:

    Hey Skippy, sounds like you’re doing great. I really love when you post your compact updates because it gives me a fresh wave of energy and excitement about the whole thing. Makes it feel more like a project and less like deprivation ;-) So far, my Compacting is going well, however I’ve decided to purchase aluminum water bottles for me and Richie, because otherwise we just buy lots of little plastic water bottles here and there when we’re out. So, it violates the rules because they are new, but I think it sticks with the spirit, because its better for the environment etc. I have also felt guilty about a couple of take away cappuccinos I’ve purchased. Plastic. Bummer. I don’t want to be responsible for the death of any polar bears or seabirds! So, no convenience coffee any more.

    Okay, keep on kicking ass! Smooches!

  2. Skippy says:


    It sounds like you are doing great! I think buying Sigg-type bottles for water is great–less plastic and less purchases in the future. I know you said thrift stores are also non-existent in Turkey, basically.

    Also, there are lots of “rules” to The Compact, but I say that purchasing a device which holds clean water and keeps you hydrated & healthy while also minimizing the impact of plastic waste in the environment classifies as a “need” under “health and safety.” :)

    I’m so happy you are doing this, too! Thank you for the update!

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