1. Given how many kids’ birthdays you have, do you get them gifts you buy and if yes, will that have to follow the rules? I can’t imagine a 5 year old getting too excited over new underwear…just wondering how this will work.
Chris says: Well, I have until February 29th to figure this one out. I am not sure. I strongly feel that the kids have a voice in our family. I am hoping to get them on board with a fun family outing as a present. For example the aquarium that they have all been wanting to go but is rather expensive. Or maybe some sort of art, music lesson, or some needed sports equipment.
2. What about cravings for something? I know you have food allergies, but I myself know that the incessant thought about chocolate on the way home from someplace will have me stop somewhere specifically to pick up the chocolate if there isn’t any at home. So where would I draw the line here? Do I really need the chocolate? Or is this a want? Frankly, if I hadn’t stopped tonight to get the chocolate I may have been a tad irritable, so is prevention of irritability with said chocolate a need or want? Just wondering.
Chris says: Hmmmm, I don’t know.
3. What about other people’s gifts? If you get invited to a wedding, funeral, birthday party, anniversary, will a gift for them follow specific rules?
Chris says: Do you need to bring gifts to funerals?
And at this point, I do not think that I would have to follow any sort of rule regarding gift giving to other people. I usually give money. I am not trying to save money or be frugal. I am trying to stop the mindless accumulation that clutters my house and mind.
4. Is diet coke a want or a need?!
Chris says: I gave up regularly drinking soda awhile ago. But I think it would have to be for each person to define on their own. Coffee for me is a need. but I drink it at home with my French Vanilla non-dairy creamer, also a need.
5, Do I “need” or “want” that under-sink shelf system I saw on Amazon.com? The cabinet under my sink is an utter mess, and completely unhelpful. I think the shelves would help. But would they really? is it a want or a need? I’m not sure.
Chris says: This is why we have all pedestal sinks. No crap to collect under them.
6. Do I “need” or “want” those books? I meaning, reading is awesome, and all…. but is it possible to get them from the library? what if the library does not have the book I want to read?
Chris says: I have decided not to buy any books for myself. Most of them I don’t need to own. I am looking towards my library now for books and trying out that crazy interlibrary loan thing.
7. What if it is something I could use over and over again for the kids in our homeschool? hmmm. where is the line?
Chris says: Do you know this was one of the first questions that my kids asked? School supplies are necessities. I tend to think of them as tuition. If they were going to a private school I wouldn’t suddenly stop paying for it. I have almost everything that we need to get us through the school year, so maybe I’ll have to get back to you.