Our first Buy Nothing week was a success. I wrote about my plans here, and they went well. We managed to eat at home all week, pack snacks, and find all kinds of free fun.
I managed to inventory the pantry, clear out and donate some food that we weren’t going to eat, and did a toy purge and gave away some toys that no longer held the kids attention.
We tried it again this week, and well, it didn’t go so well.
Wednesday night we went to the Lego Store at Fashion Valley for a free Lego Build (it was a cute platypus), but while we were there, we picked up a few blind bags and Lil’ Man’s Birthday gift. Mr. is part of the Lego Club, where you earn points for every purchase. It is double points month, so we earned enough points for $5.00 off. Since Legos seldom if ever go on sale, we took advantage. Then we had dinner at CPK. I used some money I had earned selling some stuff on Craigslist.
I also had to go buy milk, but I had figured that I would need to, so I set pulled out a few dollars in change from our change jar.
But then again, I had a few successes:
We tried some new recipes and improvised using what we had on-hand.
I ran out of tape while packing up a box to mail, so I borrowed some packing tape from my parents.
We played a lot, and did some fun crafts. We also discussed how we could have fun at home and in the neighborhood without spending money.
Yesterday a friend shared her food Co-op bounty with us, so that helps keep me out of the store for a few more days.
Overall, I am pleased with how the week turned out. We were more conscious of spending money and used work arounds and more careful thinking to use what we had, relied on neighbors and family when we needed help.
We’ll be doing it again, but probably not for a month or so. This next week is Lil’ Man’s birthday, and we need to prep for his birthday party. We’re doing a Lego themed party, and I’ll be posting about it next week.