Challenges are popping up everywhere. I see it on all my favorite blogs. Hey, I even have a couple myself. But lately I have experienced something I am not too happy about -- moral envy.
My challenges were proposed to save money. But the wonderful ones I see on other blogs are more inspirational. "Eat Local", "Buy Handmade", "No Shopping", "Energy Reducing". They not only benefit their immediate household, but those of others, as well.
I wish I could do some of these things, but I cannot figure out how to fit these wonderful ideas into my ever-shrinking budget. We are basically to the point where we only buy 1/2 gallon of milk every 10 days or so. Sometimes we even skip a week, so we are generally down to one gallon a month.
I guess, in a way, I do get to eat local produce, without shopping -- through the generosity of friends and family with over abundant gardens. However, I cannot plan a week's worth of meals on squash and tomatoes.
Envy may not be the right word, because I loudly applaud all of you who commit to these inspiring ideas. And, if you wanna share how to do that on my budget, sign me up! Except for the non-shopping one -- I just can't let go of that one.