so here we are.
we are off!
after discussing THE COMPACT ideas together, and figuring out what that looks like in our family... we are ready and going.
2010- this house is going with a simple form of "nothing new" for a year.
These exceptions are subject to change- we reserve that right....
What are the exceptions?
~anything that is necessary for health or safety reasons (Therapies, ingredients for homemade cleaners, hygiene or safety) As a rule there must be a few attempts at freecycle, craigslist or thrifting first.
ie. carseats, helmets, athletic shoes. (things that you CAN buy new- undergarments.)
~foods! (that is obvious.... but we will keep our food purchases to under $70 a week (including our Noris Dairy, CSA and the basics/ this also includes seeds for our garden) I will keep making breads, butters, condiments, cheeses, etc. to keep the waste and cost at minimum. This is cutting our weekly costs another $25-30 from what we are currently spending.
~house repairs or improvements ( we are in the middle of some replacements, and our deck is rotted out.... plans to be replaced this spring)
~Bryan's hockey dues/ and replacement of overly warn sticks, wheels, and gear. (Bryan has played hockey for years- and he needs this athletic outlet.
~Family activities- limited to no more than two a month, and must be active! (ie. bowling, ice skating, golfing range, camping) These activities are fairly cheep and the boys need that outlet- especially in winter.
~California vacation- one theme park, no souvenirs.... no hotels.
~one date night expense a month (this is important to our relational status as a married couple, trust me on this.)
~my crafting. the only exception is for specialized gift (and I must have a coupon). ie. a themed quilt, or a special request. other than that- I have plenty of yarns, fabrics, papers, pastels etc. to keep me going for a while.
After talking for hours last night, this is all we came up with..... I cant think of anything other areas to cover? Did I miss anything?