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Subject: The Compact
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 3:56 AM ET
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 Some amazing people came up with The Compact, and in short it means no buying anything new for a year, except food and health things of course.

 This means no new books for me this year as my husband and I thought it would be good for us on many levels. So here I am. One more green step forward but goodness it seems like the hardest!

I am sure I am not alone here as I am new to this. Care to say hello others following the Compact?

Date Posted: 1/9/2009 10:44 AM ET
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Never heard of it, but have been doing this sort of thing for a long time.  What a huge challenge, though...not to feel like you can buy something if you need it!  I'm certainly not willing to do that this year, as my list of needs is too long.  I NEED a new organic mattress...I've been on the same organic cotton futon for 9 years now and it bites the big one!  My problem is that I don't want to buy it online.  And I've never been anywhere I can actually try one.  But I'm pretty sure that I'm not going to get one used!

Well, I am amazed and proud to know you, Kim!  I'm always amazed when I meet someone more extreme than me - I love to be inspired!  Wow, I hope more people will be inspired.  I know that I am AWARE of every new purchase I make and that I do make every effort to postpone it as long as possible...for several reasons...many purchases are so unimportant, that if you postpone them indefinitely, they never need to get made!  I've wanted a slip that is, hmmm...like culottes, for 10 years...but only in natural materials.  Anyway, that's one that I've only been frustrated not to have about 5 times in 10 years...sure it would be nice, but is it necessary?!  (and I don't own any slips...oh, well!  get over it people!)

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Date Posted: 1/12/2009 6:59 PM ET
Member Since: 5/13/2006
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Thanks so much for the link,  We have curtailed all extra spending during Lent before.  It is a very provactive expericence to stand in the store and question every purchase.  What is need?  Is prepared food okay?  Does buying used mean that we by more?  If I'm so aware of my spending then how come we have so much more than we need? 

I've signed up, we won't be curtailing all of our spending but I bet it will help be more conscious how we are in the world.

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 5:21 PM ET
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did I miss the link?  I don't see it.

I will probably try to follow this as much as I can.....I hate shopping anyway

Date Posted: 1/17/2009 4:32 AM ET
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Here is a few links:

News Story: www.goodmagazine.com/section/Features/what_happens_when_people_stop_shopping_and_join_the_compact

And the Blog that started it: sfcompact.blogspot.com/


 When looking at the blog, be sure to go to the very first page oh so long ago!

I forgive myself for not doing it perfectly and for the exceptions I feel I need to make for things for my children.

I caved for the first time so far and went into target and my older two children spent their allowence on two toys that where maked 75% off and I picked up a few cloths for them also marked 75% off as they where cheaper than I could get them used at that point. I felt and still do, sooooo guilty. Thankfully on the way home, my 9 year old remembered the mommy and daddy plan to not buy new this year and she then felt bad for her own purchase, but I asked her to forgive herself and to forgive me and that we will do better! I do not expect her to live by what I want to do this year, but it is nice that she wants to. It is a change we need as a family. You should see my over stocked craft room and all the money I have spent on new books the last few years!


 There are people who have done the compact for years and I am sure most do it better than I will. But we are going to try and I hope it will change how we think about what we buy and where those items end up. We have cloth diapered our youngest two children, use un-paper towels, try and eat organic and or local when possible and freecycle but it never feels like enough, this might change that as it is a true challenge for us.