Mar 9, 2010

Compact Update

I can't believe it's already March! At the beginning of the year, I took on a personal challenge to abide by The Compact and buy nothing new for a month. Well, January came and went, along with February, and I am happy to report that (which a few notable exceptions like personal care products), I am still going strong. Here's a few simple times I've learned along the way:

1. It's much easier not to shop when you stay out of commercial establishments.
2. It's also much easier not to shop when you don't own a TV or watch TV. No commercials = less temptation.
3. It's also easier to get over those desire-to-buy-something urges (if you, in fact, have these urges) if you have a good, local thrift store to stop by every once in a while.
4. Most things are not as hard as seem at first... especially if you tackle challenges in small, reasonable steps.

Want to know more about The Compact? I think Angela does a great job of explaining it here in her first post.

Want to join me? Jump on in. Commit to buy nothing new for a week, a month, a year. Reflect on your progress along the way. I can almost promise you that you'll see some unintended positive results in the process.

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