California is essentially bankrupt. We can’t pay our debt and so no one will offer us new debt. Which I think is pretty smart of them. I don’t lend money to people who can’t or won’t pay me back, even if I’m friends with them. But it’s going to suck for a lot of people when the lack of money catches up. Like everyone who is having their tax refund put on indefinite hold by the state of CA. Or worse, people who depend on state checks for things like food and medical. (I haven’t quite figured out which people are getting IOU’s and which are getting benefits, but it doesn’t seem to be all disability and welfare checks that are being suspended.)
So, in a show of solidarity with our bankrupt state, and in an attempt to feel some empathy for people who can’t get by without state aid, I am going to pretend for the next month or so, until March 1st, that I am also completely out of money. I will buy nearly nothing. Well, except for a few fresh veggies here and there. And gas since I have to get Rebi to school.
But, until March 1st, no new clothes, no toiletries (I have a good supply, Don’t worry, the family won’t stink), no fast food (whimper), no books (cry!) and no to all of the other crap that keeps finding it’s way to my house. Where does it all come from anyway?
We’ve done it before and while the cooking every night gets a bit labor intensive (read: I am spoiled) and the dishes are enough to make the entire food service industry weep (what? I’m a messy cook!), it was a good challenge and very rewarding.
Anyone want to join me? I even promise to fess up when I fall off the wagon! And anyway, it’s only 4 weeks. Come along for the ride and then we can whine together!