17 December 2007

Getting ready for some frugality

So, I've been getting ready. I've been thinking a lot about the cost of things and plans and reducing my expenses while reducing my inpact on the environment. I started selling things on ebay- so far I made a whopping 15$- and I'm trying not to go nuts on Christmas presents so I don't have extra unplanned-for bills to deal with come January.

I've also been thinking a lot about packaging and buying things in bulk. For example, I bought applesauce in a ginormous glass jar instead of the little plastic cups. Yeah, its a PITA to pour them out instead of just flinging the cuplets at the kids, but those little things aren't recyclable, and I believe the glass jar was cheaper per ounce. But the best part is, when I'm done with it, the jar will be good for bulk food or plants or something.

I'm operating with this theory that we have enough things in our house at this very moment to keep us entertained for the next year. Between the unopened crayons and coloring books, the puzzles wrapped in shrink wrap, and the mish mash of reusable craft materials like tp rolls and the like, I think we can make it through the next year without even noticing a thing. Its like how I have enough food to last us a week or two just in the pantry and freezer, yet still buy food every week. Add the cool stuff we have with the things that I plan on selling, and I think we should have a pretty decent operating budget. We'll see.

Okay, back to work. I'm staying here for lunch so I don't waste gas driving around to stores where I will spend money. Total cash output today- $0. Awesome.

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