I believe that one of the most important things we can do to be sustainable is live a simpler life, one without so much disposable stuff. Now I’m putting my money where my mouth is and joining the I’m Not Buying It challenge at Greenhab. I think this challenge will not only be good for the environment but also good for our bank account. We’re pledging to not buy anything new for the next six months! Here are the exceptions:
- Food: Of course we need to buy food. However, I am going to try to limit packaged foods more than I already do, and I’m also going to limit us to one meal out per month, which I think is more than we’ll actually go out.
- Gifts: I’m not going to limit myself for Joshua’s birthday!
- Seeds/plants or other items that will make us more secure and independent
- Chickens and associated purchases, but we’ll try to use salvaged materials to build their coop.
- Baby: Joshua needs gdiaper refills, disposable diapers for daycare, and I may need to pick up membranes for my pump, etc.
Here are some of the actions I’m taking to make this pledge work:
- Get back to the library. I’m a total book hoarder, and there’s no reason for me to purchase every single book that I read. If it’s just a fun, quick read that I won’t want to reference later, it makes much more sense for me to go to the library. Plus, our town library just re-opened after a major renovation, so it’s really nice. I just discovered that I can reserve books online and though I actually did enjoy using card catalogs back in the day, I’m excited that the process has been streamlined! I reserved a book yesterday and picked it up today!
- Visit second-hand stores. I’ve only dabbled in them before. I’m quite confident that Ed and I can both go without getting new clothes for the next six months, but Joshua will need new clothes. There is a great second-hand baby store so I’ll have to hit it up. Plus by the time summer’s here, Joshua can just wear a diaper!
I’m not really concerned about reining in our spending elsewhere. We’re actually pretty good at living frugally, but I like that this challenge is going to push us further.