Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Toronto Star

Wow!!
I am feeling completely intimidated right now! What started out as a simple family challenge to not buy anything new this year is turning into so much more. When we first mentioned our challenge on Facebook a few weeks ago we never imagined that our story would end up being featured in the largest newspaper in Canada - The Toronto Star!!
Being interviewed prompted us to make a blog of our journey; the first journey for me was figuring out how to do that! I am not too techno savvy, but with some help from friends I muddled my way through it.
Since the interview, and now that it is published, and the blog has been created I feel a real responsibility, hence the intimidation! haha
We plan on doing our best this year. We don't profess to be radical by any means, just a family reevaluating the 'stuff' in our lives. That being said, there are a few things that we will get new this year - brakes for the truck... and underware! haha
So I hope you check in with us as the blog progresses to get ideas and keep us honest! It has already been quite the ride!

14 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your journey! I read about you in the Star this morning, and applaud your efforts. You mentioned Kijjii and EBay for finding thing. Another great resource for finding (and giving) is Freecycle.org This is a network where you can offer your unwanted items to others and keep them out of the landfill.

    Good luck, I've subscribed to your blog and look forward to reading about your challenge.

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  2. Congratulations! I will try this with my family.

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  3. This is Such a good thing. Keep up the fantastic spirit. I read about your blog from the Star's web page - front page!!! More parents should teach their children not to be materialistic like this!

    Super work to you all!

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  4. Thank you for your share to save the earth.
    All those hypocrite Green Taxes, green projects. Just change the society and consume less. Control the population, consume less and less brain washing advertisements are more effective means.

    Cheers
    Roger

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  5. I read about your journey in the Toronto Star this morning. Hats off to your endeavour. We have been on a similar journey and very rarely buy things new. It is a different, pleasant and liberating way to provide for the needs of your family. Please keep blogging your progress.

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  6. Congratulations --- and what a brilliant idea!!

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  7. What a brilliant idea! My husband and I frequently discuss how our parents re-purpose things and have less throw away stuff than we do... that's a terrific way to start shifting patterns! Good luck!

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  8. Hi! I just read your artcile in the Star this morning. What am amazing challenge. Best of luck. :-)

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  9. What a great idea. Can you talk about how you are planning on dealing with presents for family birthdays, kids birthday parties, Christmas, etc.?

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  10. It's great to hear more people are getting into this journey!! I try to live simple by giving out more and possess less as well. Enjoy!

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  11. Jess... I am more than happy to donate to the cause!!!! Knowing that you cannot BUY new goods, can you be given them? I guess it would be ME repurposing my old stash that has not been used so it is all good, right?! I have a PLETORA of scrapbook goodies that you can use to create your scrapbook pages or use as something to create gifts with. Let me know the next time you are in town and you can pick them up OR if I go to Calgary anytime soon, I will bring them (just remind me!). good on ya girlie... what a brave gal to take on a challenge like this but if anyone can do it... YOU can!

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  12. Read about your story in the star today! What a fabulous idea and a great way to teach your children about some important lessons. Best of luck in your journey! Very inspiring.

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  13. I'm so proud to be your friend!
    When we decided 2 Christmases ago to buy vintage and pre-owned only, it was our best Christmas ever! Kids actually love this -- they can get a lot more with their money when they buy used. Way to go!

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  14. Wow. this is great! Good luck on your journey. We're a family with two kids aged 3 & 5 and I started a blog this year too dealing with not spending money and learning to enjoy what we already have... but this is so much more - congrats! :)

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