Feeling much better this week, thanks to a lot of sleep, hot water, and Thanksgiving dinner! (Thanksgiving dinner is good for everything, right?) I’m late posting the tally this week because Michael and I went for a bike ride yesterday which left me so exhausted, I fell into bed and slept for 14 hours straight. But, Michael tells me, we have a rule in our house that no one ever has to apologize for sleeping too much. Wouldn’t you like to live here?
So, here we go. Plastic used up this week that was purchased before the plastic project began:
- 3 credit & membership cards. Chase VISA, expired; Cala foods card, expired. One fan club membership card, kind of embarrassing. I’ll send a prize to whomever can figure out what fan club is represented by the card in the lower left corner. Certain people are not allowed to answer: Mark, Red, and possibly Michael (although he might not know the answer.) I used to be a crazed fan of this person and collected every magazine they ever appeared in… which were many. I wanted to be this person when I grew up. And you know, in a way, I have. In my own mind of course.
So okay, I’ll send a prize to the winner… my choice. And since this is a silly contest, it will be a silly random surprise. Are you up for it?
- 2 prescription bottles and 2 lids. Prescription strength generic ibuprofen… NOT MOTRIN… and another drug I took for anxiety. Have given up all anti-anxiety meds now. No more emotional crutches. Learning to cope through meditation and mindfulness and occasional bouts of therapeutic crying. Works for me so far.
New plastic waste:
- 3 plastic envelope windows. AT&T promotion, which I’ve requested be stopped; Annual Social Security Statement; New Chase credit cards. I get all my statements online, but the cards themselves come in a plastic window envelope.
- 2 plastic ties attaching my new metal bicycle cup holder to the backing card. This cup holder rocks. It fits my travel mug perfectly and keeps it upright. I know it might seem silly to some serious bicyclists, but my bike is about getting around town, running errands, and having fun… doing the things that people in cars would do. And you know how important a good cup holder is in a car! This is a Felt brand aluminum cup holder I got at Tip Top Bike Shop in North Oakland yesterday. It’s simple functionality makes me really, really happy.
- 2 more plastic ties attached to the new tire pump I also bought yesterday. I couldn’t get the hang of squeezing my tires to check the pressure. I wanted a pump with a gauge to let me know when the tire was full. This was the original reason I went into the bike shop… that, and we had a coupon that expired yesterday.
I have a feeling I won’t be buying too many more new things in the coming weeks. The economy is scary right now. Saving money seems even more important than ever.
Are you guys affected by the recession and credit crunch? Fortunately, Michael and I have never carried credit card debt (actually, when we first got together 8 years ago, I was heavily in debt and working my way out. Since getting rid of my personal debt, we’ve been able to pay off our cards 100% each month and put money towards retirement, money that’s taken a nose-dive in the last few months, but I’m told by my financial advisor not to worry about it since it’s long term investment.)
I know we have it easier than most financially since we don’t have children or home or car payments. Our biggest expense is food. But this financial stability all rests on our keeping our jobs. Who knows how secure we are really?
Are you guys worried? Have you taken steps to ensure that you and your families are taken care of if you were to lose your job? Have you cut back on expenses? Have you found ways to be frugal AND green? Your comments are welcome!