Who am I to talk about thrift?

I am a self-identified spendthrift. I’m working on it though. I have wasted thousands over the years on things we didn’t need and didn’t use for long. Meals out, movies that we could have rented but I bought instead, books that I only read once, clothes that didn’t fit for long. Yes, I’ve done it all. As I said, I’m working on it.

Now, I buy used. I sell books to used bookstores for credit. I try to stick to lists when I shop. I started meal planning (again).

The thing is, I stink at sticking to things. For many years I have been concerned about the environment in a nebulous way. I recycle because the city provides a can for it. I teach my kids to do it. I turn off the tap when I’m brushing my teeth. Little things that didn’t amount to much when I only did them once in a while. But, over the years, with many false starts, I have made some progress in going greener. I buy products made with recycled materials when I can. I put up pictures of what can and can’t be recycled so the kids know for sure. I’m getting them all used to turning things off or unplugging them when they’re not actually in use. Little by little I’m getting there.

This blog is partly a way of keeping me honest. I want very much to live a greener, thriftier life. I want to be out of debt, healthy, and leave a small footprint on the Earth. I’m hoping that we can give each other encouragement and ideas along the way. You have my word that I’ll share my failures as well as my successes. Some things may fall by the wayside as life gets even more hectic (two growing boys and some graduate classes alongside my regular undergrad courses), but I will do my best to keep up the greener, thriftier trend that I’ve started. It’s about fun and living better, having more time and money to spend on the things that matter, and bringing joy and love to those around us. (Boy does that sound like the soundtrack should be Kumbaya, or what?) OK, my goals maybe aren’t that lofty, but I sure would like to have more time and money, and help the planet along the way.

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