I thought today was never going to get here!
I have been on the Compacting Quest in our house. I told everyone my plan last night. More like my vision with it. My 14 year old wasn't happy and left the dinner table in a sour mood.
Again, I told them about everything going on and how there is LOTS of room for improvement in our house. I talked about the difference between WANTS and NEEDS. Yes, you need a new pair of jeans or socks--no problem. You see a neat top with 40 at home--no, you can do without. I know it's hard from them to understand. We all need to be in this together. My husband admitted he wouldn't be able to not buy magazines and books for a year. Maybe make a magazine book budget and stick to it. Which is okay I guess because there are things I wouldn't be able to do without as well. Like my Blackberry. It raised our cell phone bill an extra 30.00 a month but I am able to spend less time on the computer than before. However, I do have to update my blogs on the big computer.
I joined freecycle yesterday and once I get my ducks in a row I will be posting somethings on there and craigslist. There is so much in our basement that can go bye bye. I am all for giving away. I want to go through the house. Using the clean out the closet method.
"Will I use this in 6 months? No, then LET IT GO!"
Sounds kind of catchy huh?
So right now, this very instant, I am going to set an example to my children and my husband.
~I will no longer buy buy and buy some more. Not that I ever really did. I promise to not buy anything on a whim. If I really need something--then I will find the lowest price.
~I will not go to Target to just have something to do. I can just get out the play-doh and let the kids play at home.
~I will work on my meal planning and work on a cheaper way to prepare foods. I will not give up organic though. We are firm about that. I can make our food budget last longer.
~Eating out. No more eating out due to being tired and not wanting to cook. There is always something to cook in this house. It may take a joint effort and everyone joining in to prepare an easy meal. I will not say NO MORE EATING OUT. It is a treat and should be treated as one. I do think that ALL lunches should be at home. Sandwich, soup or leftovers from previous meal.
Okay, I am going to make a cup of coffee and plan on cleaning house. Tomorrow is Game Night and I have so much to do. Tomorrow I am going to get up and clean the house then make the Spinach Artichoke Dip and Snack Mix. I am excited to see everyone. :)
Have a lovely night and fabulous weekend.