Thursday, May 6, 2010

What Have YOU Given Up?

Fabulously Broke posted her yearly What have you eliminated that you do not miss? list this week. Every time these lists roll around I don't know what to add because if I truly didn't miss them, I probably wouldn't remember giving them up - right?

Another issue with giving things up is that I enjoy couponning. It takes discipline, math and a perverse pleasure in minimal balances but that's me! So while FB gave up buying batteries I am debating eBaying my surplus of free batteries.

Another issue with giving things up is that some folks do it to protect the environment. I'm all for cutting out fancy air freshners if they immediately impact my life (sneezing sucks) but am less inclined to give up a practical convinience that would affect my lineage five generations down.

Sorry unbegottens!

So let me go down her list and see what we've both given up and why I've done it:

Fabric softener - breaks down towel absorbency, kills clothing fibers
Buying lunch - snackers like me prefer a motley of randomness
Bottled water - I can't believe people still pay for this
Books - heavy, heavy clutter that doesn't support my local library
Paying for GPS in Car Rentals - I just drag mine along

A lot of her items are usually free in the United States. Here are things she's given up but I haven't paid for since college:

  • Paper towels

  • Magazines

  • Fizzy pop

  • Gift wrap

  • Cleaning items

  • Shampoo

  • Conditioner

  • Hair styling products in general

  • Feminine products

  • Dishwashing detergent

  • Laundry detergent

  • Tissue Paper

  • Pens/Paper/Pencils

  • Paper Towels

  • Fancy flavoured chemical creamers

  • Batteries

  • Body Lotion & Hair conditioner

Please don't take this as an attack on FB or her list. I really admire her. She lives a truly minimalist lifestyle and could easily pack and move. She's also Canadian so doesn't have access to all the fabulous deals and coupons Americans have.

I'm just more tied to convinience (especially at USA prices) than conserving the earth.


FB @ said...

I am so jealous of you Americans.

FREE? *chokes*

It's incredible to me that all of that on my list is free for you!!!

So lucky :)

And I didn't see it as being an attack at all.. until I read and re-read the last paragraph haha.

BF gave up paper. Buying, using or writing on it. He's truly a league above me in minimalism and eco-friendliness :P