While I was reading some other green blogs yesterday I came across this great site called "Mamas on the Compact". It is basically a group of Moms who have pledged that they will buy nothing new for a specific period of time ranging from two months, right up to a year. When I first read this I was thinking it to be near impossible, but you know what I think that I am going to take it on! Obviously there are certain things that have to be bought new like perishable items, toiletries etc, but most other things, well, they can most certainly be bought second hand! It may not be easy at times, but definitely do-able, and it ties in so much to the philosophy of my blog, and the way we are trying to live these days. I have made significant efforts over recent months to reduce the amount of "stuff" I buy. I have been buying mostly second hand, but I do still get those weak moments when I see items on sale at Target.
In order to get started with this, (once I have emailed the lady running it), I need to compose a pledge statement that outlines a few exceptions to the rule of not buying anything new. These are personal to each person, and I already know that one of them will be to buy new shoes for the girls. I am very particular that they get shoes that fit, and that last until they grow. I have a few other things to add as well, and will spend the rest of the day thinking over my pledge. I am excited I love a challenge like this!