Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The "Buy No Crap Resolution" Status Update - Week 1.

So far so good. I have made it three days without buying any crap. Impressive, no? I think I'm still in the honeymoon phase of this resolution though (think new year's work out resolution - the first few days of hitting the gym are pretty easy, it's week 2 where you scratch your head and question just how drunk you were when you made this wacky get-in-shape promise to yourself).

I will say that this "buy no crap" diet has many similarities to an "eat no crap" diet in that the moment I told myself I was not allowed to buy something, I thought of many, many things I would like to purchase. Like a glass pitcher for ice tea, really good double bed sheets for my guest room, all the Pyrex food storage containers I can carry...see what I mean? I am updating the list in the right margin daily, in case you are interested in my passion for consuming.

I may have slightly cheated in that I have been coveting some stainless steel water bottles (we are attempting to rid ourselves of the Evil Plastic touching food/beverages we ingest). Instead of buying these myself, I asked my father to get us some for my birthday. I think that this doesn't count, but perhaps you can weigh in? I know it appears that I am adding rules as I go along, but we're only three days in, so I figure there is still some wiggle room.

One last note - I think I am going to have to unsubscribe to a bunch of email newsletters that land in my inbox on a daily basis offering me great deals on all sorts of tempting crap. It's just too easy to surf and shop to get my fix. For now I'll have to fill the void by shopping for groceries (oooo....avocado!) and sunscreen (oooo....coconut scented!). Wish me luck.


  1. I think the gifts of the water bottles are fine! They're useful, safe, and you aren't spending money on them. And they won't even add to house clutter if you get rid of the plastic water bottles you were using before.

    And I'm with you on the food-buying thing. It's amazing to me how much of the shopping bug is just a craving to putter around looking at stuff to get. And puttering around looking at food is totally fine!

    I also sent my "Buy This From J Crew" newsletter to my "trash" folder automatically. At least for now.


  2. Anonymous2:49 p.m.

    I agree on the water bottles... I think the "no crap" should be limited to items which aren't necessary to keep you and family healthy and safe... and plastic needs to go!

    I too have been really noticing how much money I save by not even stopping at stores when I drive by just to "see what deals they have"... even when I know full well I need nothing!! Anyway, after all of the bpa plastic trauma in the news, I decided a few weeks back to switch away from plastic and after tons of research landed on some stainless bottles which still have beautiful nature designs, but without the inner coating or aluminum fears, and as far away from anything plastic as possible. I decided my health is really worth the investment... so I would have to vote that the bottles don't apply to your "no crap" rule!

    BTW, here's a photo of my cute bottle I bought myself with a pretty old tree on it:


  3. Plus, I'm not longer buying cases of bottled water, so I'm saving on money and not adding to waste. See, I can justify anything. Now, about that purple ostrich...