As the days speed by, I find myself wondering what I can do ... for myself, my family, the world. It's been theory up until now. I recycle. What else? What do I do now that is leading my family to a better way of life?
1. I recycle. Which I've said. I try to reuse and I have more than enough reusable shopping bags (despite the fact that I forget them a lot). But, I need to do more.
2. I make our own soap. I haven't bought hand, body, shower, etc soap in over a year and a half. I would like to reopen my Etsy shop next year, but we'll see about that.
3. I make our own laundry detergent. I also haven't bought store laundry soap in the same amount of time.
By this time next year I am hoping that we have had our fill, or are still having our fill, of veggies and fruit from our garden. By the following year, I am hoping that we are spending almost nothing on produce from the store.
Almost immediately, we will have our composter up and running so that we are greatly reducing the amount of garbage we are sending to a landfill, while also providing all of the great dirt we will need for our garden.
Chickens. Still debating on how and what we'll be doing with chickens. I need to research more to see if this will be a viable option for us to cut back with. Will having our own eggs be financially advantageous or not? Will we be able to barter/sell the surplus, if any?
I'm also hoping to learn about bartering over this next year. I'd like to really be able to reduce the amount of money that we spend on things that people around us have a surplus of.
I think it will be interesting to look back next year to see how far we've come!