Buy nothing new challenge – days three and four
My first shopping trip was on day three of the monthly buy nothing new challenge. I learnt that essentials and necessities can easily blur into one another, so it takes a lot of self discipline.
What we needed were tea bags, milk and butter.
I have to admit, I resented buying the milk and tea bags because we don’t use them. I needed them because someone was coming over. I toyed with the idea of ‘we only have coffee and soya milk or herbal teas’, but my social etiquette demon kicked in and told me I should provide ‘normal’ things. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this. Do you keep things in the house solely for guests or are you more of a ‘take us as you find us’ person?
In the shop there were a couple of things I wanted. Kitchen towel was one of them, but I thought it would be an interesting challenge to see if I can get through a month without it. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time, but always procrastinated about.
Little Miss Green picked up a tin of her favourite soup, but I have all the ingredients at home (it was lentil and carrot) to make some. No doubt it will be more wholesome and half the price of shop bought. This does require ‘effort’ however, and I like to have a few ‘convenience’ items in the house for those moments of time constraints, lack of organisation or sheer Can’t Be Arsed days.
Batch cooking will be order of the day then, with some standbys in the freezer for such times.
I was thinking of the lovely Melissa bartering her eggs for dairy produce and realised that we wouldn’t be able to do anything like that around here. I would be thought of as weird (well, weirder than already thought of) or totally off on one. Also, I’m not sure I have anything I could barter – cakes, biscuits, bread and chutney perhaps; but do ‘normal’ people really value those things when they can buy a loaf of white pap for 50p in the supermarket or a packet of digestives for less than a lb of carrots?
I love the idea of bartering but I think you need to live in the ‘right place’ for such things. What is the area like that you live in; do you barter items or services?
I needed to post something too, but I put that down as ok – I can’t not post things for a month. This was a book I had sold through Amazon, so for my 98p postage (free packing; I keep everything that comes into our home for reuse) I made a profit of about four pounds.
All in all I’m pleased with the first few days. I have spent 89p on teabags (I bought reduced Fair Trade ones from the Co-Op), Mr Green bought the other two items as he will use them most and the postage was 98p which is not much at all.
If I had bought one or two books on Amazon when Mr Green bought his GPS, and added a couple of things to the shopping basket today I would have spent about 15 pounds by now, so I’m very pleased 🙂
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