The Crazy Suburban Mom: Living off your own fat for a year

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Living off your own fat for a year

This isn't Retro Tuesday although it is remotely related because it has to do with Retro Toesday.  The last Retro Tuesday I posted was delayed because I had to visit my doctor due to an ongoing toe thing.
Nothing came of the visit.  Well, not nothing.  Eventually I was told  to go to a foot doctor which is the same as nothing because I'm so not doing that because the last time I did that he tried to take my spleen out through a Plantar's Wart.

Anyhoo, when I was at the appointment I found a Good Housekeeping Magazine from September 2009 and flipping through it I found a fascinating article :  Could You Survive a Year Without Shopping? How my family and I weaned ourselves from the "goods" life — and found a richer one.

It's online ( here ) and you should take a look.   I would love to try something like this although I don't think I could talk anyone into diving in to living off the fat of their previous purchases for a year - I mean, seriously -  I think I would have to have an ambulance with oxygen on standby if I brought this up but I wonder if my family would be willing to give this a go for maybe two months?

I ripped out the article and left it around.  Here.  Then there.  Then here again.  I think I might have to be more direct and actually broach the subject.

Do you think your family would be willing to do something like this...  And if so do you think it's feasible?

 An update

**Okay -  I need to clarify ...  This doesn't include food or disposables.  And every family would need to negotiate.  Some families would include say, batteries and not buy them - others would buy them.  Some people would buy cotton balls.  I believe from what I recall this family was running around pulling cotton from medicine bottles!  What would be consider consumables varies with the family. **                                          


Vonlipi 12/14/10, 7:42 AM  

I could not do this! EVER! I know of someone who did this and she scavenged everything from the trash, yes food included! What about toilet paper? She used wash cloths that she washed, sanitary supplies? Sea sponges...probably from the trash too.

I'm all for cutting spending and just buying what we need...and I buy a lot of second stuff but not food!

You would have to be very prepared and garden a lot.Oh and someone from the household has to be full time on this; no 9 to 5 job and then dumpster diving for supper, not bying anything is a full time job!
Now tell me how the spawn would feel eating food from the trash?

So not for me baby!

The Crazy Suburban Mom 12/14/10, 7:51 AM  

I clarified. There is some negotiation here. It never means food and there is some play involved and negotiation. What people will and won't buy is decided before starting.

I have a feeling a lot of things can be gotten from freecycle where freecycle is available. Or things like that. Possibly bartering as well for things you have a large stock of.... but omg - not maxi pads - never them.

Vonlipi 12/14/10, 8:12 AM  

Ok so no food! LOL!

Ok it's feasible then, even easier if you don't have kids, or if you have small kids (they don't care about brands).

We we the need/want thing a lot here, even whit food.

Maureen 12/14/10, 10:25 AM  

First of all, I truly LOL'ed about the spleen!

I know I could do it for a while but can't say for sure that I could do it for a year. Maybe once you're in the groove....

Babes Mami 12/14/10, 12:31 PM  

Could be interesting!

Lin 12/14/10, 11:16 PM  

You know, if they made things to last, I could do it. I dare you to find a good bra that doesn't need to be replaced within the year. I could do it, but it would NOT be pretty.

I didn't shop much when the kids were younger--we didn't have a lot of cash to buy new clothes all the time. We bought what we had to and that was it. Nowadays, they don't make jeans very tough or durable.

Richard @ The Bewildered Brit 12/14/10, 11:30 PM  

I'd love to try it, but I suspect I'd crack after about a month!

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