Monday, March 21, 2011

The great debate

The other day, while explaining my year of nothing new to Mother May, she declared I simply can not buy a used couch. Like any good child I asked why. Her reply: It's simply gross. Does she really think I'd buy a gross couch?? While the giant pile of laundry in my room would prove I'm not neat freak, I'm no slob. Sheesh. 

While I agree a good couch is a good investment you'll keep around a while, There are plenty off good couches for great prices out there on that list of Craig's. We debated and yes it would terribly easy to go to ikea and buy the couch I saw and loved down there. But with there being 3 major colleges in my neck of the woods, Kids are selling their stuff on craig's list after only owning it for a short amount of time. I've already found that exact couch 4 different times on craig's list. I'll have to do is simply go to ikea and get a new slip cover and wa-la! good as new. I'll have to buy a couch one day soon so check back in. Any one out there buy a used couch?? thoughts? Tips??

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

So far so good.

Well I've decided to go a year of buying nothing new. NOTHING. Ok new underwear and bath towels but I had to draw the line some where people.  Now I'm not doing this to cure some horrible shopaholic lifestyle, save money (not that I'm rich) or save the environment, but more as a challenge for myself. Others may run a marathon, bike across the country, climb Everest. But I've decided to see how creative I can get with decorating and reusing things. I think it will be fun and who knows what adventures it will lead me on. 

Now I have come to my first road block/ shopping lesson. TARGET. While I could easily spend my life savings in that store, I did well not buying anything. My solution, simply to not go to the parts of the store (clothes, home decor) that tempt me. I did not stop and collect my two hundred dollars, I turned a blind eye and buried my head and kept going! Tough? yes. Impossible? no. I can't imagine if I were a true shopaholic. I'll have to think twice about just waltzing into a store these days to look around and kill time. Might just have to carry a good book around with me. Feel free to suggest a good book.