Well, October was an interesting month for the households taking part in the ‘Buy Nothing New Challenge’. Here’s some of the things we did and some of the challenges we faced:
•Shona & Sebastien
o Other than food and petrol I don’t think we have bought anything new, apart from four bags of compost and some tomato plants.
o I got some glasses to replace broken ones from Trash Palace.
o I fixed my old leggings.
o I found an old ballet costume for my daughter’s show but I had to buy a new wig so that she didn’t get traumatic having a different wig from everyone else for her first ballet experience…and tights.
o I am cleaning out mum and dad’s garage so lots of things found there. I used our old chicken wire to go around the garden but I may have to get some new as the old wire seems to not be chook proof. I also found some new work trousers for Sebastien in Mum’s garage.
o I got a new fantastic outfit for a formal party from Trash Palace for $25! Bargain!
o I bought a fantastic second hand push chair and lovely op shop baby clothes for a friend’s baby shower.
•Vicky & Rob
o On the 1st October my kitchen scales broke. Previously I would have bought a new set at the Mall but instead went on TradeMe and the nice lady selling her old set and even included a battery for them (so better than buying new).
o I managed to buy my son’s Birthday presents second hand. In fact a lady (on TradeMe) wanting to get rid of her kid’s old toys, and so clear up her home, actually sent more than paid for (bargain)!
o A few of us used news paper, brown paper and recycled paper for kids Birthday present wrapping.
o I discovered you had to avoid going into the Mall or you end up ‘tantrum prevention’ buying – so it’s been a more relaxed month … once I’d made the mistake a couple of times.
o It turns out I’m an emotional shopper (ah, who knew) so after one particularly stressful event I ended up buying veggie seeds to try and fill the ‘need’. I ended up getting runner beans, which I wouldn’t normally buy, but those ‘emotional’ seeds have sprouted more than any others.
o I did try some clothes mending on a pair of pants – not a huge success but will do for a while longer.
o I’ve hired equipment for Byron’s party and upcycled the decorations.
o I’ve continued to upcycle all month and these can been seen on my Blog, https://www.facebook.com/WasteNotUpcycling
o My biggest challenge was buying Birthday presents for people outside of direct family. I found it really hard to stick to the challenge here, which I think may have been my perception of how the recipient would feel about the ‘used’ gift.
•Carolyn & Pete
o I spent the month trying to consider if I really needed what I did buy.
o Although I looked for Pete’s Birthday gift second-hand I ended up going to a specialist shop and as a result I hope it will now last for many years and as it’s a fishing kit I hope it will hopefully be a gift that will keep on giving ….. and maybe in time reduce our need to buy as much meat!
o We got a couple of cool things on the FB page, Paekakariki Trading for the girls, a bike (free!) as she was getting too big for her first bike and a little table and chairs which they are really enjoying.
•Natahsa & Nick
o I found this a real challenge as we have several family and good friend birthdays in October.
o We had my home laptop die on us – I was very keen to run out and buy a new one, instead, we dug out an old one that had its’ keyboard ruined a few years ago. It’s terribly slow and we have had to plug in an old keyboard but it works well enough and when I need to do more complex things I can wait until Nick gets home with his work one in the evenings.
o It did make me think a bit more about my daughter’s birthday party. We made Jandal decorations out of cardboard and ribbons and rather than give a whole lot of little gifts to the kids I made biscuits as a thank you gift instead and packed them in brown paper bags.
o Mainly it just made me aware of how often have been shopping in the past.
•Megan & Francis
o My family know to expect food presents from me these days and here’s one idea, https://cheapncheerful.jux.com/1118615. Its heartfelt, upcycled and homemade!
o Speaking of Chrissy pressies, I’m going to have a go at making this for the ladies in the family this chrissy, http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/homemade-lotion-recipe-hand-cream-lotion-recipe/.