Now don't get me wrong, I'm not going to all of a sudden go green ... the environmental comment was more from my friend Barbie who lives in California and is into the green movement but she does have a point ... I need to consider the impact of what I do.
For example, a trip to Hobby Lobby (now as everyone knows, I'm a Hobby Lobby addict so this is just a quick example but you could substitute Walmart or any other place you go regularly) would be broken down into the following:
- Paper/time to print out the 40% off coupon or figure out what's on sale that week (we do get a coupon in our Saturday newspaper but I never think to cut out the coupon and it's easier to print one out).
- Time to actually go there (15 miles 1 way).
- Gas to get there (15 miles 1 way).
- Time spent looking at all the stuff, finding what I want and then waiting to check out (our HL is quite slow and it usually takes more time to check out than it does to shop.)
- Emotional impact of having a bunch of craft stuff or decorative stuff that I really don't need.
- Money spent even with coupons on stuff to make more stuff.
- Time spent on pinterest to find more ideas and make the return trip to HL.
Looking forward to seeing how the year of simplifying goes ... who's with me?