Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Compacting Challenges Already

Man, this is way harder than I thought it was going to be. Not the buying second hand part... not the being patient about my wants and needs part... although I almost had a moment of weekness at Target. The hardest part is the avoiding fast food places and junk food part!!!!

I have been selling some of our excess things, and feeling very proud of the money I've made. It's not much, but I've used it for new school books for next year, traded some things for a baby carrier (more about that in another post), and, well, used it for milkshakes from the drive through. And cheeseburgers. And... doh!


I have rationalized it that I am not really spending money on these things... that it is like I've bartered for them. But it's really just rationalizing. I know better.

And the thing is, I know it isn't good for me. I know we have food at home. I know... well I know what I OUGHT to do and it just isn't what I WANT to do.


I am not going to let this derail me, though. I will just keep doing better. I need suggestions on some kind of sweet treat I can bring along for myself to keep me out of the drive through window... something yummy that I can buy at the grocery store. Or something homemade and truly decadent (and compatible with eating in the car). Any ideas? And in the mean time, if you see me in the drive through line, yell at me :)


  1. Do you 'compact' on Christmas and birthdays too? I would be very interested in how you manage to do this.

  2. Our last compacting adventure started in Jan and ended in April, so it missed any birthdays and holidays. My plan so far is to make what I can for birthdays (my little ones are still young enough that they like the toys I make for them) and maybe buy one gift for each (I'll serach Craigslist and thrift stores first). For friends and family, if I can't make them something, my rules are to avoid plastic when I can, and try to buy gifts in locally owned places or from local momma businesses (like usborne books). We'll see how this goes in practice!

  3. Snacks - chewy chocolate chip granola bars are sweet, decadent, and storebought. Can't think of anything that's homemade...