Can I "not buy anything new for a year?"

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Post: #81844 Millymollymandy
Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:50 am

I've stickied it :lol: although you could have done it yourself Hamster (edit your original post).

Carry on guys! I can't think of anything much I've bought this year apart from 2 very cheap T-shirts in the supermarket, although I'm going to a garden centre tomorrow to get some buckets of fatballs for the birds, espcially as I have a €5 voucher from my fidelity points. Do fatballs count as 'something new' or a necessity? I know what my blue tits would say!:lol:

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Post: #81847 QuakerBear
Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:05 pm

What's a sticky?
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Post: #81850 Millymollymandy
Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:14 pm

If you go to the top of this section you'll see that all topics that are sticky are kept at the top of that section no matter when the last posting date is.

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Post: #81852 QuakerBear
Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:18 pm

Thank you 'Oh Wise One'. That sounds like a good idea.
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Post: #81858 Millymollymandy
Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:26 pm

My pleasure! :lol:

Oh and sorry Hamster - just noticed you were not the originator of this thread! :roll:

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Post: #81859 ina
Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:45 pm

Millymollymandy wrote:Do fatballs count as 'something new' or a necessity? I know what my blue tits would say!:lol:


Food is essential and has to be bought new... whether for birds or for humans!

But I bought three new (and one used) books yesterday. Oh dear.
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Post: #81860 hamster
Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:33 pm

Millymollymandy wrote:My pleasure! :lol:

Oh and sorry Hamster - just noticed you were not the originator of this thread! :roll:


Oh good! Thought I was being really dense cos I couldn't work it out... Thank you for stickying it!
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Post: #81865 red
Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:07 pm

I bought some books for home ed.. for my son.. but I don't think i can count these.. they are essential.

did buy some wool, to go with some wool I already had to make a jumper for my son. but childrens clothes might be essential too as they do grow!

but I have had a meal out... that was not very essential.. friends birthday....can we count meals out as food :mrgreen:
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Post: #81869 ina
Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:24 pm

red wrote:but I have had a meal out... that was not very essential.. friends birthday....can we count meals out as food :mrgreen:


I would say yes. I think this should only be about "proper" possessions, i.e. stuff that stays with you for a while.

It's not about spending as little money as possible, but about creating less waste - as everything you don't eat or drink will end up as waste sooner or later!

OK, I just thought - loo paper? It's essential, but it still ends up as waste... I think we'll have to make an exception here! :mrgreen:
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Post: #81875 red
Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:29 pm

sorry but I regard loo paper as essential.. mybe old fashioned of me...

if i am really allowed off a meal out.. then so far... apart from essentials (food, childrens clothing, educational materials, animal feed, vet bill,)

the only thing I have bought is a new wall. as it was holding up the joists.. that wwas essential too... so ... nothing so far.
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Post: #81947 ina
Thu Jan 24, 2008 9:20 am

red wrote:sorry but I regard loo paper as essential.. mybe old fashioned of me...


So do I - don't want newsprint on my bum! :oops:
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Post: #81983 Millymollymandy
Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:38 pm

Oh Ina! That's not very self-suffish - you should be using grass or leaves! :lol:

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Post: #81989 ina
Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:08 pm

Millymollymandy wrote:Oh Ina! That's not very self-suffish - you should be using grass or leaves! :lol:


All too cold and wet at the moment! :mrgreen:

At least it's recycled - and no, I don't mean it's been used as loo paper before!
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Post: #81992 hamster
Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:13 pm

Hehe, I once had a friend who said, 'I don't mind recycled paper, but I refuse to use recycled loo paper... it's disgusting!'

I could barely contain myself....
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Post: #81993 Wotta Wally
Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:13 pm

Mmmm, if you didn't want to get rid of loo paper but wanted to be a bit more frugal, you could always make sure you use both sides..... ! :shock: :lol:

I've seen this type of thread quite a few times and must admit, that I think it is a great idea, just not sure I could do it! It is Amazon books for me - but I tend to only purchase educational ones with an "ish" theme to them.

Even so, think what I might do is keep a note of what I do buy that is non-essential and review it. I might shock myself. I started keeping anote of my electricity consumption and was so shocked, started taking measures to reduce the consumption. Reduced it by about 25% already.


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