Is it working? I sure hope so. I have certainly cut down on my clothing. I have definitely cut down on my ‘laying around’ stuff. We don’t own a lot of gadgets and we don’t buy a lot of toys for the kids.
My last major purchase was the car and my last minor purchase was a bra. Both fairly necessary for a variety of reasons. My next major purchase that I am planning on making is a new sewing machine. I have been waiting for a year to save up the money from my allowance to replace my 25 year old Pfaff. This isn’t a need but most definitely a want and a useful want at that as I can mend clothes, make new clothes and make other things such as curtains and quilts and such like. I don’t know when I will be purchasing it but it won’t be until September or October.
So what is the Eco Challenge all about? I have joined up for an Eco Challenge on Crunchy Chicken’s blog (no URL at the moment) to not buy anything new for a month(August) outside of necessities such as food and gas. If I must buy something, then I must buy it used or barter or do something along that line. I make the caveat that I am not responsible for my husband’s purchases. He wasn’t interested in the challenge and I have little to no influence over how he spends his money. So far I have failed just once…. we purchased KFC for our aborted picnic. I was willing to purchase food from the grocery store but he really wanted KFC so we purchased it. I think restaurant/take-out food will be our downfall as we do occasionally indulge. Outside of that? I don’t purchase much in general as a frivilous consumer so I suspect this Eco Challenge will simply turn out to be every day life for me. We shall see.