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Not Buying It! Part 12

By on March 26, 2017

This is Part 12 of my 90-Day “Not Buying It” Challenge.  Inspired by Judith Levine’s book Not Buying It.

You can read my previous posts here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11.

Here are my rules for the 90 days:
* No shopping except food and essential items
* No new books, clothes, or music
* No eating in restaurants or buying take-out
* Try to use up food items that are already in the house
* I’m still allowed to pay for dance and yoga

Progress to date, I’ve paid off my credit card, my car payment, and my student loan!  I’m feeling very proud :)  Now my goals are to start some savings, and to not accumulate more debt!

Day 78: My birthday was two days ago, but it’s still my birthday weekend, and I have more celebrating to do!!  I’m going to Brooklyn for an epic House Dance party named Shelter.  I debate whether I should take the bus, or drive.  In some ways taking the bus would be so much easier, let someone else do the driving, and it leaves right from my neighborhood. But it would only bring me to Manhattan, and I would still need to get to Brooklyn.  Plus, didn’t I just spend a over a thousand dollars to fix my car and buy new tires?  In the end I opt for driving, which is definitely the cheaper of the two options.  And the party is AMAZING.  There must have been two thousand people there!  And on a Sunday night!!!  There were about 12 friends from Boston that went.  So fun!

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Day 79: I cheated.  I stayed with a friend in Brooklyn, and in the morning he wanted to go out to breakfast.  What could I do?  I supposed I could have brought some oatmeal with me from Boston if it had occurred to me…  I was proud of myself for packing a dinner when I hit the road yesterday, and eating at my friend’s house before I went to the party.  But that was as much planning as I managed.  And I didn’t want to be a difficult house guest, so I went along with the suggestion.  Honestly the coffee was terrible and there weren’t any good vegan options.  Oh well.  But the company, conversation, and hashbrowns were awesome :)

Day 80:  I don’t like to admit this, but I’ve gained a few pounds since I hurt my knee and haven’t been as active.  I’m used to eating whatever I want to not worrying about it, but I suddenly realized  the pounds snuck up on me and I needed to make some changes!!  You may have noticed I’m a very lazy cook.  Well, I’m just as lazy about dieting.  If I can avoid measuring portions and counting calories, I will.  So this week I cooked up two huge batches of vegetable soup.  My plan is to eat as much soup as possible, which will decrease my appetite for other things.  I’m also avoiding sugar, which I do anyway.  And, I bought some Tofu Shirataki noodles.  What’s that?  You don’t know about Shirataki noodles???  Let me tell you, they are a dieter’s best friend.  Also good for anyone avoiding carbs.  Here is a link if you want to check them out.  I bought mine at Whole Foods.  They are made with a yam starch that has zero calories.  That’s right, ZERO.  I like the tofu ones because the texture is better.  I think they have 20 calories.  This is going to be my lunch all week:

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Day 81: I’m not supposed to be buying clothes during this challenge, but somehow all my socks have disappeared.  I later found a pair on my daughter’s feet.  And also later found a pair in a basket of clean clothes that I hadn’t put away yet.  But on this morning, I couldn’t find a single pair.  Late for work, I gave up and on this 18-degree day, went to work with no socks on.  I went to CVS on my break, and bought four packs of socks, they were buy one get one half off.  I am so excited to have an abundance of matching socks! This is going to make my mornings so much easier.

Day 82:  I cooked up stir-fried rice.  Used some leftover brown rice, and added onions, garlic, mushrooms, broccoli, peas, and tofu.  Usually I add a lot of sesame oil and soy sauce, and it’s delicious.  But this time I only used a tiny bit of oil to saute the onions and garlic.  It was still pretty good.

Ah, it’s Thursday, which means it’s the “Circle of Truth” at my studio.  The highlight of my week!  Only $5, and I get to watch AMAZING dancers doing all styles of Street Dance. And I get to hang out with my friends.  Money well spent!!

Day 83: I’m still debating if I’m going to join a gym, or just stick to yoga…  I need to be more active, and can’t dance as much as I want to until my knee heals.  So I get a free pass and go to my old gym.  I actually really like it there.  It’s beautifully designed and reasonably priced.  They have a ton of new equipment, and really good classes.  BUT, will I go??? That’s the question.  I do thirty minutes on the bike, and have to admit it is way better than doing it by myself at home.  I lift some weights for upper body strength.  It’s weird.  I’m not used to pushing on machines.  Still thinking about it.

Day 84: Only one week left of my challenge!!!  My daughter wants me to keep going with it, because she’s going off to college in a year and a half, and knows I have no savings.  My son on the other hand, has been begging me to end it early, and during this entire three months has never stopped asking me to buy him take-out for dinner instead of cooking at home.

I already have a dinner planned for April 1st.  I’d like to take the kids to a Japanese restaurant that’s a few blocks from our house.  It’s really good, and a little expensive.  Definitely a special treat.  Also on my list for April 1st: I still want a new nose ring!  Still want some new house plants.  Probably won’t buy the Beats headphones…

And, I’m thinking about my next challenge!!  I’d like to do a new one starting April 1st.  What should I do??  I’m thinking about either 30 days of yoga every day, or 30 days of decluttering…

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Amber
Cambridge, MA

From nine to five, I am a Senior Program Officer at a small non-profit working in International Public Health. In the rest of my hours I am a yoga and meditation teacher, a health enthusiast, an aspiring vegan, an amateur photographer, and most importantly, a mother of two.

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