Living the non-consumer life is rarely impressive. The times that I’ve thrifted brand new hand-knotted oriental rugs for $40 are few and far between. And more often, it’s about what I didn’t buy. It can get frustrating for journalists when I give interviews, but such is my mostly unimpressive life. (When recently asked to name items that my family does without that everyone else has, I drew a blank.)
Want examples? Well then, you’re in luck! 😉
- My sons have been busy preparing for an anime convention this weekend. My older son needed a thick grey belt and a pair of grey Uggs boots to complete his costume. We were able to find exactly what he needed at the very first thrift store that we visited. Yay!
- My mother, who is helping to sew my younger son’s costume has eaten dinner with us the last two nights. The first night I prepared chicken enchiladas which beautifully emptied my pantry of a large number of somewhat neglected canned goods, (tomato sauce, black beans, refried beans, kidney beans, jalapeños) as well as a half jar of chipotle peppers, the last of a brick of Tillamook cheese and a hodgepodge of frozen corn tortillas from the freezer. The second night I baked tilapia fillets from the freezer, which I marinated in olive oil, rice vinegar, lemon juice (which I had brought home from one of my mother’s rental cottages) and fresh oregano from the garden. Both meals were worthy of guests, yet both were prepared using the miscellaneous supplies in my freezer and cupboards. (My freezer is seriously chockablock with whoknowswhat, and needs some serious attention.)
- My son got hungry while we were out and about yesterday. Instead of going to a restaurant, we stopped into Trader Joe’s, where he chose a wedge of brie and a box of crackers. Me? I bought a container of fresh figs, which I proceeded to eat all by myself. Yes, we both enjoy less than traditional meals.
- My younger son decided that he wanted a different version of the video game Rock Band. We walked down to the CD Game Exchange store in our neighborhood, where he was able to find exactly what he wanted for $5. Yes it was used, but my son is no fool. He knows $5 trumps $60 any day of the week. And the best part? He paid for it himself!
- The weather here in Oregon has been sunny, breezy and perfect for working that clothesline. So every day, you know my backyard is decorated with a double line of towels, sheets, underwear and pajamas. HGTV may not be featuring stylish laundry lines yet, but I sure am!
- And of course I didn’t buy an SUV, a timeshare or any elaborate hobby gear. But I did take a nice long nap yesterday. And it didn’t cost me a thing.
Now your turn. What non-consumer activities have been filling your days? Please share your stories in the comments section below.
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