Stephanie and I made a commitment to each other, and to the Lord, that throughout the course of the next year, we would buy nothing brand-new, with the following exceptions:
- expendable things (toiletries, light bulbs, pens, etc...)
- this year's Christmas gifts for the kids (too late to plan for this year - maybe next)
Anyway, I am deeply convicted that we weren't being good stewards of 1)our money and (more importantly) 2)our environment, so we made the decision, and we are working toward it.
Now, the real problem for me is what to do about music purchases. Since I was 16 (and before), I have had a tremendous appetite to buy music. All my allowance money as a kid went toward buying 45s at K-mart, and money from my first job went toward buying CDs at Target. Even as a grown up, I still probably buy a couple CDs a month or more - usually new releases.
My only choice is to either buy music in digital form (which we have both agreed is OK - within the budget of course), or by used CDs. I see pros and cons to both. I still hate the DRM prison (and lack of art and credits) that come with digital, but if I buy used, I am not going to be on the cutting edge.
Anybody have any suggestions?