General ramblings

My predictions for the year ahead..

August 10, 2012

I thought it might be quite cool to make some predictions of problems I might encounter, what I think I’ll find hardest, what I won’t miss, etc before I start, and then I can look back on it at the end of the year, and either laugh at my naivety, or marvel at my amazing foresight, depending on how accurate my predictions are!

Things I will miss:

  • magazines (and to a lesser extent newspapers, but I know the lovely hubby will miss his newspaper)-I LOVE magazines and have a bit of a habit! My favourites are ‘Mollie Makes’, ‘Homes and Antiques’ and ‘Good Food’-if anyone wants to forward me their used copies I would be forever grateful…!
  • stationery-I don’t mean printer paper and the like (which according to The Rules, I can still buy, as this qualifies as a necessary consumable), but pretty notepads and lovely things!
  • the instant gratification thing. I think my generation is the start of the ‘have it now’ generations, and we (forgive me for generalising, maybe it is just me!) have never really had to wait or save for anything, since the advent of credit cards, HP, and shopping online. For the next year, if there is something I really really need/want, I am going to have to be a little more thoughtful about how I procure it, and this may involve having to wait until I find the right thing-this isnot going to be easy for someone whose husband sometimes refers to as ‘little miss instant pants’…
  • Christmas present buying the easy way!

Things I won’t miss:

  • the inner debate and grappling with my conscience/bank balance I have whenever I purchase something I consider to be slightly frivolous, like a new pair of shoes for example.
  • having to spend good money on crap for the Smalls-BigSmall loves children’s magazines, you know the ones, themed to a TV programme, and complete with ‘free’ plastic crap on the front that is either of no discernible use, or breaks within 2 seconds. It is not the magazines themselves I object to-some of them have quite good material inside and are usually quite educational, but it is the price (some of them are nearly £5!) and the crap ‘toys’ that come with them-when I start to think of the energy that has gone into making these and then shipping them in from China, wrapping them in yet more plastic….sorry, rant over! Now I have a readymade excuse not to cave in to the pester power!!
  • Christmas present buying and all the money, and packaging and stuff that goes with it. This year it will be Make Do and Mend all the way…!

Potential problems

  • the first and most obvious one being, if something big breaks, like the computer, or the boiler, or the freezer. Having to try and source a secondhand, goo-quality one, could potentially be a nightmare.
  • little things you don’t even think about, like wrapping paper and birthday cards-all of these will have to be handmade now…
  • if one of the Small’s wants something really specific for birthday/Christmas, it might be hard to find it secondhand-although I’m sure  E-bay can usually be relied upon!
  • time-finding the time to research alternative sources for things that are needed/wanted, or to make something, is going to be tough.

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply CookaholicKate August 31, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Have you discovered FreeCycle yet?…Im amazed at the things people give away…you can put wanted on as well….so you could ask for craft mags or used wrapping paper, craft stuff, wool as well as anything big like a freezer!…I get regular updates as to whats available in my town so I don’t even have to look…Im sure you wont ever have to buy anything again!….oh and pretty stationery..use some of the printer paper, cardboard cover from cereal packs covered in pretty paper or old fabric, decorate with buttons, ribbons etc…great for pressies too!

    • Reply Jen August 31, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      Hi
      This post is one I wrote before My Make Do and Mend Year even started-just re-capping some old posts! I love Freecycle. As you say, lots of brilliant stuff on there and a fab way to save resources and things fro landfill. I have a post with a whole list of similar sites here http://mymakedoandmendyear.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/free-stuff/
      Thanks for reading 🙂

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