Wednesday, May 14, 2008

organically inclined...

Hi! I'm Michelle Kennedy Hogan and I've been compacting for a number of years now. However, I decided to make it official and take the pledge (mine is here).

I'm about as frugal as they come, except in one area - our local convenience store. Because it's so darned convenient! I'll go in there for a gallon of milk and come out with a bottle of soda, a "treat" for the kids and, I don't know, some "thing" I forgot I "needed." We do live about 40 miles from any large town so buying our milk and gas there isn't unreasonable. But even with my very frugal habits in every other area of my life - I added it up last month and we spent well over $500 at this one freaking store! I was appalled. Granted, some of it was legit - gas for my truck and milk for the kids - but the rest - Oh My Freaking Word!

So - in addition to the rest of my pledge, I am taking on a "nothing but the milk and gas" clause. I do not need a 1/2 gallon of ice cream for the kids that costs $6.50. And I don't "need" the soda, just because I'm tired of iced tea and water. This will be the true test for me, because much of my overt spending comes out of kid-guilt. We'll see how I do...

4 comments:

meredith said...

welcome! hope you can give some tips to us newbies! :)

-meredith
www.mintgreenmama.blogspot.com

renae said...

Good for you. I'm thinking about creating a public goal of "waste no food" but I'm honestly scared by the idea that I will fail miserably.
I try really hard, and still I throw food away every single week.

Sarah @ Ordinary Days said...

I admit it. I'm an impulse shopper too! It's so hard to not treat yourself every once in awhile. But when that "every once in a while" becomes a few times a week, you realize how wasteful you are being.
Just found this site and can't wait to dig through the archives. Looks like fun!

meredith said...

renae,

you could always start a composite bin/pile. that way you aren't really wasting the food, just recycling. i have heard of a lot of people doing that.

this thought of making a compact to 'not waste food' is very compelling...with small kids it seems to be a daily thing to throw food away.

for awhile, i was eating it...20 lbs. later....;) i decided i need to stop doing that.

it's never ending, isn't it?