I think I’ve become an unintentional Compacter! For those of you who don’t know, Compactors are people who strive to reduce their environmental impact and increase their frugality by not buying anything new (except for food and health/safety items). I looked at my Excel document of expenses for 2007, and here’s everything I’ve bought:
- Gas for my car, 3 times (most Compacters try not to drive, but that’s impossible in my area, and I haven’t been driving very much)
- Clothes ($3.00 for the sales tax when I used a gift card)
- Netflix (one month, I signed up for it to get $20.00 back from CashDuck)
- Car payments (on my used car)
- Credit card payments
- Car wash (to keep the salt from the roads from eating my car alive)
- One garbage plate (it’s food… sort of!)
The new clothes, the Netflix, and the car wash might not fit exactly into the Compacting mentality, but then again, I wasn’t trying!
I think from now on, I’m going to continue my “loose compacting,” regardless of how much money I have coming in. Not buying anything new reduces my environmental impact and my clutter, and it leaves me more money to pay down my credit card debt. So, I’m going to Compact (sort of) until that debt is gone!