Our two month embargo on purchasing has come to an end, and I have to say that we’ve saved some money. After driving out to Washington and back (sleeping in hotels because camping with a baby wasn’t working out for us) we had racked up a little credit card debt. It’s nice to see that go down.
However, I must confess. Here are the things we did go ahead and purchase in the last sixty days:
- Space Heater for the Baby’s Room
- Warm Clothes for the Baby
- Books (a few on the Kindle, a few for Coraline)
- Vegetable Peeler (we bought apples to make crisp and realized our old one was broken)
- French Press (it was a replacement when the original broke)
- Miscellaneous Home Depot Items for Home Improvement (less than $10)
So really, I think we did quite well. This was the implementation of the Give it a Month idea. Simply put: whenever you feel like buying something (any material item) sit on it for one month and see how you feel. In most cases, you probably won’t buy it. In other cases, you’ll allow yourself time to research and purchase the right one. Exceptions to this rule include:
- Food & Bills, obviously, because these are not material items
- Essential Baby Things (this one is super gray because sometimes you don’t need something that seems so essential)
If you’ve already downsized so that you only own things that are vital, then you’ll need to replace it right away when it breaks or wears out. I’d suggest buying something that won’t shatter into a million pieces when you knock it over on the counter top. My new French Press has a rubber exterior.
Here are the things we waited for:
- New Dog Leash (the current one is pretty worn out, but still functional)
- Winter Coat (ended up getting last year’s version on sale for half the price)
- Larger Car Seat for Coraline (wouldn’t have waited if we really needed it earlier)
- A Few Clothing Items for Sunny
- Fence Parts for Back Yard
- Tree Removal
I knew last year that my coat was on its last legs. It was something we got rid of during our MinsGame month. So far layering has been working, but it will get real cold real soon. If it came down to it, I could justify buying a new one under the “Replacement” clause. But you have to be careful with clothes. It can get out of hand.
Now that the embargo is over, we’re still Giving It A Month for each item we decide to purchase. We are now in the month of Buy Nothing Day.