It's been 6 months since I started The Compact and I'm here to write a review of what I've learned thus far.
1. Buying used saves you TONS of money
2. Buying new is sometimes okay
3. Talking to other people about what I'm doing usually makes them roll their eyes
4. It's fun to shop at thrift stores
5. I've discovered all the thrift stores in the Valley and like most of them.
6. The Hubbs still rolls his eyes at me when I suggest buying something used instead of new.
7. The Hubbs likes when I save him money
8. When Miss A gets a new shirt or dress she says "Mama, did you get this at the Army?" *Salvation Army Bargain Center*
9. In my "crowd" that I hang around with (read: fellow crunchy mamas) they are stopping by the thrift stores more and more :)
10. I get to write about my scores here on this little blog
Here is a refresher of what I've purchased new thus far:
A twin bed for Miss A & a pillow
A king bed for us
Shoes for the kids (Stride Rites, See Kai Runs, New Balances, etc)
Fabric to make a few things
Underwear and bras using Kohl's free $10 gift cards
Maintenance items for my Mitsubishi & The Hubbs' Suburban
These are the items I stated in January that I would allow myself to buy new:
Safety items (Car seats, child safety items)
Vehicle maintenance items (however we do shop at the junk yard for certain items)
So, what are you thoughts now that I'm 6 months in???