This last week has been the SNAP/Food Stamp Challenge all day, every day. Or so one would think from reading my blog. In actuality, lots of regular non-consumer activities filled my days.
- I worked two full days as a labor and delivery nurse.
- I spent an afternoon cleaning one of my mother’s guest cottages.
- My son and I visited at the main Goodwill, where I picked up a pair of $3.50 black velour yoga pants for and a 99¢ pastry cutter. (I had no pants that were not jeans, and my pastry cutter had lost two of its blades and had become utterly useless.)
- I brought home an adorable yet beat up curbside antique table that I plan on painting up all cute.
- I took my older son to the mall to get his ears pierced, (A huge Compact exception!) which was a reward for getting good grades. Our only other purchase was a lollipop from See’s, where we each enjoyed a delicious free chocolate.
- I picked up a loaf of free oatmeal wheat bread from Grand Central Bakery, through their Tweets for Treats program.
- I happily accepted two big bottles of shampoo from my neighbor, who said they bothered her dry scalp.
- I hung countless loads of laundry on my backyard clothesline, including all my reusable shopping bags who took a well-deserved trip through the washing machine.
- I got my kids acclimated to using the city bus to get back and forth to school.
You know, a regular week that did not include anything expensive, wasteful or frankly, all that exciting.
Just the way I like it.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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