Why I’ve Choosen to Buy Nothing New for 8 Years

 

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Guest post from Katy of The Non-Consumer Advocate

I like keeping my family’s expenditures down as much as any Money Saving Mom reader, so when I read an article in my local newspaper about a group of San Franciscans who’d just completed a “buy-nothing-new” year, I got excited. Their Compact allowed exceptions for a few items such as food (duh!) and safety equipment, (whew!)

I wanted in.

My husband thought I was insane to suggest such an extreme challenge, but I felt compelled. “One month,” I explained. “I’ll try not to buy anything brand new for one month.”

That month was January of 2007.

One month turned into two, and before I knew it I’d completed my own “buy-nothing-new” year. And when December rolled around, I saw no reason to stop. Not only had I saved an enormous amount of money, but I’d also put the brakes on the never ending influx of cluttery stuff that makes housekeeping an unwinnable war.

I began blogging as The Non-Consumer Advocate.

It’s been eight-and-a-half years since I joined The Compact! Yes, there’ve been times when buying used has been a huge pain in the tuchus, but mostly it’s been a breeze. My husband thinks that used shoes are disgusting, so he chooses that as an exception. (The Compact is very individualized, as each person decides their own exceptions.) My exceptions include personal care items, bras, underwear, books written by friends and harmonicas. Yes, harmonicas . . . think about it.

Here’s how my family makes only buying used a possibility:

We examine wants vs. needs.

So often the urge to buy something new is a fleeting impulse. By having to find a used version, it sets up a built-in lag time that often kills that gotta-have-it-now desire.

We repair instead of replace.

Whether it’s a piece of clothing or a broken household item, we do our best to extend our belongings’ lives.

We borrow and lend.

Whether you call it a sharing economy or simple neighborliness, there’s simply no reason for everyone to buy, store and maintain their own infrequently used household items. (C’mon folks, when was the last time both you and your neighbor needed a post-hole digger at the same time?!)

We shop to thrift stores, garage sales, and consignment shops.

Even my style conscious teenagers go to Buffalo Exchange to satisfy their trendy needs.

We give experiential gifts.

And yes, we even give used stuff as gifts.

We no longer shop as entertainment.

Strolling around the mall or even browsing a street of local shops is an unnecessary temptation.

I also think about the environmental and societal consequences of unnecessarily manufactured goods. I want no part in sweatshop labor!

Of course there have been times when buying used was impossible. But those purchases were few and far between. No one is going to be 100% perfect in anything they do, but if I can avoid 95% of new purchases, I call that a win.

For my wallet, my home and the environment.

Katy Wolk-Stanley lives in her hometown of Portland, Oregon and both works as a labor and delivery nurse and blogs as The Non-Consumer Advocate and for The Huffington Post. She describes herself as a laundry-hanger-upper, utility bill scholar, library patron, teenage wrangler, nap enthusiast and citizen. She has featured in The NY Times, USA Today, The National Enquirer, The Happiness Project and The Today Show.

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Educational Deals & Freebies Round-Up

Here are some of the best educational deals and freebies available right now from Katie who writes at Cincinnati Cents:

ZOOB 75-Piece Building Set for $15.90: Amazon has their ZOOB 75-Piece Building Set on sale for $15.90. This set features gears, axels and joints that snap, click, and pop together for endless building possibilities. The set also includes 4 instruction guides to design over 25 creations including a Dino Bunny and a Space Bird. There are several other ZOOB Sets on sale as well with prices starting at just $13.20, and you can find the full listing of sets on sale here.

4-Way CountDown Game for $11.40: Purchase the 4-Way CountDown Game for just $11.40. This fun and educational game will challenge kids’ addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills by simply using the numbers on the dice.

T.S. Shure 4-Puzzle Set for $12.13: Amazon has their T.S. Shure Country Farm 4 Large Puzzles Set on sale for $12.13. This set includes 4 different puzzles, each with 24 large wooden pieces, as well as a wooden box with a lid for easy storage.

Free Math Activity for Minion Fans: So, what do you get when you combine minions and a free offer together? A totally free and fun, minion-themed math activity! These cute and fun minions are the perfect character for these engaging math centers. This packet includes seven different math centers or resources, such as addition, subtraction, making ten, measurement, money match, number cards, and more.

40% Off Clearance at DaySpring: DaySpring is offering an extra 40% off their clearance items when you enter the promotional code 40CLEAR at checkout. With this promotion, you’ll be able to pick up some great bargains such as a Peanuts Advent Calendar – $2.39, Perpetual Calendars – $2.99, VeggieTales Color Wonder Set – $3.29, 4-Pack of Journals – $9.60, and more.

Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit for $12.88: Amazon has their Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit on sale for $12.88. This 20-piece kit enables young scientists to explore and learn the basics of science from chemical reactions to the use of science tools, and it embraces STEM principles to help children construct, engineer, explorer and experiment with science. There are several other Scientific Explorer Kits on sale as well including the Scientific Explorer My First Dino Kit – $12.67, Scientific Explorer Perfumery Science Kit – $13.20, Scientific Explorer Disgusting Science Kit – $13.20, Scientific Explorer Magic Science Kit – $12.80, Scientific Explorer Meteor Rocket Science Kit – $13.20, and Scientific Explorer Glow-In-the-Dark Fun Lab – $11.65.

1st & 2nd Grade Curriculum for $19.99: Educents is featuring their 1st & 2nd Grade Curriculum for just $19.99 this week. This set retails for $71.98, and it features 12 different units, including 2D Shapes, Addition with Regrouping, Argh Adjectives, Back to School All About Me, Comprehension Detectives, First Grade Garammar Nouns, Listen Up Science, and many more.

8 Early Elementary Writing Freebies: Making writing fun for kids can be a challenging task, but these 8 freebies will give you a nice jump start. Choose from 100 Random Acts of Kindness, Sight Word Practice Worksheets, Opinion Writing, Ending Marks, Plant a Garden, and many more. You can find all the free writing activities included with this offer here.

LEGO City Mobile Police Unit for $31.99: Amazon has their LEGO City Police Mobile Unit Set on sale for $31.99. This set typically retails for $44.99, and it includes 3 mini figures (2 policemen and a crook) with assorted accessories such as a control room, 3 surveillance screens, jail, detachable trailer with support legs, a road barrier storage compartment, folding antenna and satellite dish and a hidden city map and coffee machine.

Fisher-Price Easy Stack ‘n Sound Blocks for $4.99: Purchase the Fisher-Price Easy Stack ‘n Sounds Blocks Set for just $4.99. These blocks are regularly priced at $9.99, and they feature bright colors, fun sounds and interesting textures stimulate baby’s senses of sight, sound and touch.

Spirograph Set for $18.19: Amazon has their Spirograph Deluxe Design Set on sale for $18.19. With Spirograph’s distinctive interlocking gears and wheels, kids and adults alike can draw elegant, spiraling designs. The 45-piece set includes 19 wheels, 2 rings, 1 rack, spiro-putty, 3 pens, a 14-page guide book, design paper, and a carry-along storage case.

12 Free eGuides from Craftsy: Craftsy has 12 FREE eGuides available to help you tap into your inner creativity! You can choose from the following topics – Fabulous Fondant Toppers, Save Those Scraps: A Scrap Quilting Handbook, Knitting Stitches You Need to Know, Understanding Exposure for Better Photos Now, Drawing the Human Face, Success with Container Gardening, Beginner’s Guide to the World of Watercolor, The Beginner’s Guide to Crochet, How to Draw with Perspective, Woodturning Basics for Beginners, and Drawing the Human Body. This is a great way to pick up a new hobby or learn a new skill – for free!

Melissa & Doug Sweet Hearts Bead Set for $7.28: Amazon has their Melissa & Doug Sweet Hearts Bead Set on sale for $7.28. This set features over 120 wooden beads, 5 color-coordinated cords, and a handy wooden tray. Not only is this set fun for creating jewelry, but it can be used for pattern activities as well.

World of Disney Eye Found It! Card Game for $5.99: Purchase the World of Disney Eye Found It! Card Game for just $5.99. This game typically retails for $9.99, and it’s ideal for promoting observation skills and attention to detail as well as object identification and matching skills.

World Map Poster for $4.62 Shipped: Amazon has their world map poster on sale for $4.62. This poster measures 24-inches by 36 -inches, and it’s a perfect supplement to any school curriculum. Plus, this offer includes free shipping as well.

33% Off Violin Starter Set: Educents is featuring 33% off their Violin Starter Set! Perfect for beginners, this Violin Starter Set contains everything your child needs to play the violin. Available in 3 different sizes, this set ensures that children as young as 5 years old can learn to play the violin. An animated character named Val the Violin guides students through lessons by the New York City Ballet violinist Sabina Skalar. The eMedia My Violin walks students through the core elements of violin playing in over 160 lessons. The set includes a quality violin with bow, carrying case, rosin, cloth, and eMedia My Violin CD-ROM (compatible with Windows or Mac). Plus, this set includes free shipping as well.

Katie is a wife and homeschooling mother of four who writes at Cincinnati Cents about saving money and having fun as a family without breaking the bank. She enjoys sharing new recipes, ideas for frugal family fun, and tips for spending less at the grocery store.

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Rite Aid: Deals for the week of August 2-8, 2015

Here are the best Rite Aid deals this week, with thanks to Shannon for her help in compiling them. If you are new to shopping at Rite Aid or have questions about their coupon policy, click here.

Dial Bar Soap, 3ct, Tone Bar Soap, 2ct, or Dial Liquid Hand Soap – 2/$4
100 ($1.00) points wyb 2
Limit 2
Use $1/2 coupon from the 8/2 RedPlum insert
$1 each after coupon and points

Colgate Total Advanced, 4oz, Max, 6oz, Total, 4.2oz, or Kids Toothpaste, 4.6oz, or Kids or Wave Toothbrush, act – $2.50
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Purell Hand Sanitizer, 8oz, or Wipes, 40ct – $1.99
Use $1/1 coupon from the 7/26 SmartSource insert
$0.99 after coupon

See the full list of deals at Rite Aid this week here.

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Walgreens: Deals for the week of August 2-8, 2015

Here are the best deals at Walgreens this week, with thanks to Passionate Penny Pincher for her help with compiling these:

Buy 1 Got2B Hairstyle at $3.99, Get $1 Register Rewards
Use $2/1 coupon from the RedPlum insert
$0.99 each after coupon and Register Rewards

Buy 3 Crest Toothbrush, Mouthwash or Oral B Toothbrush at $4, Get $3 Register Rewards
Use $1/1 printable
$2 each after coupon and Register Rewards

Buy 2 Crest Mouthwash or Fixodent at $4.50, Get $2.50 Register Rewards
Use $1/1 printable
$2.25 each after coupon and Register Rewards

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Wexford Mini Highlighter – $0.14 Limit 7; 7/$1 with in-ad coupon

Wexford School Supplies Mix & MatchWexford 2 Pocket Paper Folder With Prongs – $0.14 Limit 7; 7/$1 with in-ad coupon

Wexford Memo Book, 50 – 80 page – $0.16 Limit 6; 6/$1 with in-ad coupon

Wexford Pink Eraser, 2 pk – $0.25 Limit 4; 4/$1 With in-ad coupon

Wexford Cap Erasers, 15 pk – $0.25 Limit 4; 4/$1 With in-ad coupon

Papermate Eagle Ballpoint Pens, 10 ct – $0.29

Wexford Index Cards, 3×5 inch 100 pk – $0.29 Limit 4; With in-ad coupon

Wexford Protractor, 6 in – $0.29 Limit 4; With in-ad coupon

Wexford 2 Pocket Folder – $0.33 Limit 6; 3/$1 with in-ad coupon

Wexford 2 Pocket Portfolio – $0.33 Limit 6; 3/$1 with in-ad coupon

Wexford Pencil Sharpener – $0.39 Limit 4; With in-ad coupon

Wexford Glue Stick, 3 pk – $0.39 Limit 4; With in-ad coupon

Wexford Compass – $0.39 Limit 4; With in-ad coupon

Wexford School Glue, 4 oz – $0.39 Limit 4; With in-ad coupon

BIC Pens – $0.99 (Limit 4)
Use $1/2 printable
$0.49 after coupon

Wexford Index Dividers, 5 pk – $0.49 Limit 4; With in-ad coupon

Wexford Sheet Protectors, 10 pk – $0.49 Limit 4; With in-ad coupon

Bic Cristal Pens, 8 – 10 ct – $0.99 Limit 4; With in-ad coupon
Use $1/2 coupon from the 8/2 SmartSource insert
$0.49 after coupon

Wexford Poly Binder, 1 in $0.69 Limit 4; With in-ad coupon

Wexford Composition Book, 80 sheets – $0.69 Limit 4; With in-ad coupon

Wexford Construction Paper, 96 sheets – $0.99 Limit 4; With in-ad coupon

Expo Dry Erase Markers, 2 pk – $0.99 Limit 4; With in-ad coupon

Sharpie Highlighters, 4 pk – $0.99 Limit 4; With in-ad coupon

Wexford No. 2 Pencils, 20 pk – $0.99 Limit 4; With in-ad coupon

Wexford Dry Erase Markers, 4 pk – $0.99 Limit 4; With in-ad coupon

Crayola Classic Markers, 10 pk – $0.99

Crayola Colored Pencils, 12 ct – $0.99

Bic Atlantis Pens, 3 – 4 ct – 2/$3
Use $1/2 coupon from the 8/2 SmartSource insert
$1.16 each after coupon

Sharpie Permanent Markers, 8 pk – $3.99
Use $0.75/1 coupon from the 7/26 SmartSource insert
Submit for $0.75/1 Ibotta Rebate
$2.49 after coupon and Ibotta rebate

Papermate Mechanical Pencils, 4 or 5 pk – $1.99, includes select Disney and Marvel
Use $.55/1 coupon from the 7/26 SmartSource insert
$1.44 after coupon

Papermate Write Bros. Mechanical Pencils, No. 2 30 pk – $1.99
Use $0.55/1 coupon from the 7/26 SmartSource insert
$1.44 after coupon

Pilot Pens, 2 pk – $1.99 Includes: G2 and B2P

Scotch Tape – B1G1 50% off Includes: Select varieties

Mead Binders – 40% off Includes: Select varietiesWexford Binders, 1 – 3 inch – B1G1Includes: Select varieties

Viva Paper Towels (6 pk) – $5.99
Use $2/1 coupon from the 7/12 SmartSource
And use $1/1 Walgreens coupon from August coupon booklet
Submit for $0.75/1 MobiSave Rebate
$2.24 after coupons

New to shopping at Walgreens? Be sure to head over and check out Walgreens 101 where I explain in detail how to maximize the mileage of your money at Walgreens. See the full list of deals at Walgreens this week over at Passionate Penny Pincher.

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