I spent some time chatting with my eldest about our Spending Fast experiment and thought I’d share his thoughts. I love hearing the ideas, understandings and assumptions of kids and figure it will be interesting to hear his thoughts at the beginning and end of the month. After our little “interview”, I’ll add a few things that have come up for me this week.
- Haircuts at the new place we got a coupon for and gum from there
- Coloring and art
- Play in the sand box
- Play on the playground and at the park
- Bike riding
- Friends’ birthday parties
- Flu Shot at Target (my personal favorite!)
- Mom? Make up
- Dad? Phones and buying jackets and nice clothes. Dad is a NICE dresser.
- Drew? Books and In and Out French Fries (luckily we can just make them….I like yours better anyway)
- Happy Hollow
- Yosemite or the Beach
It has been an interesting six days so far. I don’t see any drastic effects yet, but subtly, the fast is requiring creativity. Last week I packed a disposable cup and tea bag on a trip to Peets. Hot water was free and I pilfered some sugar and soy milk.
We have had multiple trips to the Library which isn’t out of the ordinary, but I did pick up a creative book called Obsessive Consumption by Kate Bingaman-Burt. Here’s the wonderful book description from Amazon:
Our daily lives are filled with consumption—$1.50 for a cup of coffee, $5.95 for a magazine, $17.99 for headphones, $1.79 for cough drops, $36.00 for a haircut. Whether bought out of necessity or indulgence, purchased alone or in a group, everything we buy has its own story to tell. We buy art supplies while feeling inspired, CDs while shopping with friends, and a new pair of jeans to give us a lift when we are feeling blue. Yet, these powerfully emotional experiences can be fleeting—quickly erased by the pull of the next “must-have” acquisition. In Obsessive Consumption, Portland-based artist Kate Bingaman-Burt holds up a mirror to her own obsession with shopping and acquisition. Faced with a mounting pile of postgraduation credit card debt, Bingaman-Burt concocted a unique artistic response to this all-too-common dilemma. She picked up a pen and began drawing her monthly credit card statements, painstakingly recreating every last ledger line and decimal point, vowing to continue serving her artistic penance until her debt was repaid. As a relief from this project—turning the idea of “retail therapy” on its ear—Bingaman-Burt began drawing one of her purchases from each day, losing herself in the items, patterns, simple lines, and typography.
We also picked up the latest Caldecott winner, announced just last week, This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen, while at the Library. It was a wonderful story with themes about stealing and truth-telling—it hit home for eldest who went through a phase of “borrowing” last year! And rather than buying new workout DVDs, I borrowed a rear-kicker Jillian Michaels CD from a friend. Sadly, having it in my possession doesn’t mean I have actually USED it!
And as is typically the case, I never leave home, if I can help it, without snacks for the kids. There is NOTHING like being out on errands or in a busy, public place with a thirsty or hungry toddler or preschooler (or spouse!). In desperation, I have ended up buying $4 bottles of water and $3 packages of M and M’s to appease them and it just isn’t healthy, good for the pocketbook or wise. Snack-Trap’s unite!!!
For the Superbowl I juiced over 12 lemons for making fun beverages. Sadly I was so distracted by the 49ers’ torture, and FORGOT to serve the drinks! Oh, well, free lemons from my friend’s tree meant POTENTIAL yummy refreshment.
No doubt there will be more updates to come, including tomorrow where I am going out to lunch for a friend’s birthday. Luckily it is at Boudin Bakery and I can bring one of my coupons! (reminder….yes, remember I’m the “breadwinner” of our family?!? post here). Also looking forward to sharing about a new venture being a contributor for a new blog called Practicing Families. My friend Mihee shared about it today and it officially launches on Monday. More details on that soon!