(Or why I sometimes wish I could get out of my own head.)
I needed spinach for a recipe this week. No big deal, right? Just grab some spinach and get on with getting things off of the list for the week. But no, I couldn’t make it that easy on myself. Wegmans finally has bulk spinach again, but it isn’t organic (though the field greens are–WTH?). If I get the bulk spinach I can get the amount I need and no extra, but I have to get it in a plastic bag. Now, I take the produce bags back to the store each week and reuse them (because I still haven’t gotten around to making myself some, I’m such a slacker!), so at least it isn’t totally a waste to have to use the plastic bag. The organic spinach is packaged in these hard plastic containers. The containers are recyclable, but I would be purchasing far more than needed. But it’s organic…. so I stand there debating with myself about which to get. The bulk, even though it isn’t organic, because I can get just the amount I need, or the organic with the recyclable plastic container? You’re all waiting with baited breath to see my decision, aren’t you?
I got the bulk. In the end I couldn’t stand the thought of the waste if I didn’t get to use all of the organic spinach before it starting getting all wilty and soggy (even though I could compost it). I found solace in the fact that I can soon avoid the dilemma completely by picking my own organic spinach from the garden. In fact, I planted spinach seeds in the unused side of the cold frame this evening. Now I just have to hope that they grow. I don’t have any luck with spinach at all.
On the topic of purchasing, I thought I’d give an update on how that is going. Since joining the challenge on April 2nd money has been spent on:
- gas (essential, unfortunately)
- oil filter (ditto)
- a new bike tire and tube for L1 (we’re putting this in the essential category because it will allow L1 to ride his bike to work again now that the weather is warmer and thus reduce items like the first on the list)
- drip irrigation parts for the garden (essential–Crunchy Chicken said people could get things for gardening, at least food gardening. So still good)
- swing for L4’s birthday
- This is the confessional part. We tried getting a swing used or from the seconds hardware store, but no luck. We went to Lowe’s this afternoon and got the girl her birthday present and L1 hung it up. She was busy saying “bend…. straight…. bend…. straight” soon after. 🙂
So not too bad, really. I have two other gifts to purchase this month that will not be essentials. L3 has a birthday party next weekend and I have a bridal shower to attend toward the end of the month. We’re going to put together an art kit for the birthday next weekend and I’ll make something for it all to go into. I might be making some place-mats and napkins (to go with the plates she wants) for the bridal shower rather than buying something from the registries (Umm, Pottery Barn, Macy’s, and MacKenzie-Childs?!?!). I can’t avoid the gifts for those events. Other than that, however, I think I can avoid buying anything but food/gas for the rest of the month. I’ll do another update on how it is going next Sunday.