Day one of the No Impact Project involves looking at consumption. In layman's terms, it means giving a second thought to every purchase I make. I've done a couple of things to combat bad spending purchases. I have a very thorough budget. I use Mint.com I keep an ongoing list of things I need to purchase and pretty much stick to that list. So even when it seems like I've purchased a ton of things....95% of the time its because it was actually on my list. This list included everything from asparagus, a paper shredder, black boots, or a book about the day of the dead. I'm very organized. Conscious about my spending. And particular about how I spend my money.
But...no matter where you are...there is always room for improvement. You can always push yourself. Today while grocery shopping, I passed by the tea aisle. Instinctly I grabbed a box of Mighty Leaf African Nectar. I was so excited for this tea. I looked forward to going home and making a cup or two or three or the whole box!!!!
However as I neared the checkout line, I looked at everything in my cart and started thinking about the things I didn't really need and could make do without. Then I remembered the box....
Truth be told, that's not even all of the tea. There's more in the cabinet above the sink. And this picture doesn't show the layers beneath of even more tea.
So I put the box back. I will not buy any more tea until this box is empty. I put a number of other things back too. And it felt good knowing that I had saved myself probably over $50 of stuff.