I'm no longer buying:
~Paper Towels. Microfiber cloths work great, and are easily thrown in the washing machine.
~Paper Napkins. Cloth napkins add a touch of elegance, and they too are easily washed. My one concession in this area is cute cheap napkins for CJ's lunch box. Of course she needs a napkin & I'm afraid I'd never see my cloth ones again if I sent them.
~Laundry Detergent. I finally decided I can make laundry detergent. But I'm not giving up Tide Stain Release tabs. Truly a miracle worker. I only buy them on sale & with a coupon, and I use them sparingly. (I've found a recipe for fabric softener, too...we'll see how it goes!)
~Books. Honestly, I don't think I've purchased 5 books (other than Bible studies) in over two years, unless I had a gift card. I have an Amazon wish list a mile long, so I'll still use gift cards when I get them. But I've found that my local library is more than willing to purchase any fiction book I request.
~Floor cleaner. I don't know how many half-empty containers of different floor cleaners I've got in my cleaning closet...too many! I've never found anything for my laminate floors that wowed me. But I'm loving the steam mop I got with a Christmas gift card. It requires only water, and does a great job.
We rarely eat out. We've also said goodbye to our gym membership, and are this close to cutting the land line (your thoughts?).
Life is different, but it's also very good. Just as we're saying no to some things, we're saying yes to others. More to come on that next time.