We started 21 days ago
We have kept our grocery shopping to once a week...except once when Sri had to run to the store for emergency pizza sauce.
We have not bought anything new with the exception of a car tire. Next time we will price out used tires before jumping at the new one....we didn't even think about it. Oh, and we chipped in $10 for fireworks this weekend.
We have NOT eaten at a restaurant or had take out
We have been able to go to Costco without buying items not on our list ....that is a huge feat!
We have chosen to walk instead of drive much more than in the past
I have been able to avoid paying for parking. I did pay 50cents at a meter when I could have parked around the corner for free....oops!
I have started to dabble in bartering. I babysat for my sister and received a few cans of baby formula in return. I took those cans and used them to pay for PWYC (pay what you can) events at Welcome Inn (they have a food bank in need of staple items). Bartering this way feels very natural to me and I much prefer it to money...although I know that is not realistic. I should spend some time investigating if it is feasible to start a bartering system here in Hamilton.... let me just add another thing to my list!
I have to say that while I am not missing buying "stuff" I am missing the ritual of shopping and the relationships that I have built with shop owners/employees. I haven't really been able to start window shopping or browsing yet in the stores that I love because I feel like I would fall off the wagon so to speak.
I am really proud of the way my family has taken up this challenge and am looking so forward to June where we might kick it up a bit by starting to make more and buy less at the grocery store!
BY THE WAY... I am really sad that I haven't been able to buy the spring edition of Hamilton Magazine. I've heard this issue is amazing.
Thanks to an overwhelming response I have a copy of Hamilton Magazine in my hand right now. Thank you to everyone for your offers and suggestions!