Half Full

I was sitting and doing some stitching, and all of a sudden it dawned on me that I am half way through this year’s Challenge! I’ve been on the ration for 6 months and I have nothing but good things to say about the experiment so far. Having limits has helped me make some good, careful decisions and also has given me that extra push to try new things. I don’t think I would have tried soapnuts, for example, if I wasn’t faced with soap rations. I’m so glad I did, though — I think they are terrific! The Challenge has also unwittingly prepared me for my husband’s layoff. I already have some really great habits and workarounds in place, and it gives me strength that I can incorporate even more when the need arises.

In the funny way that things happen, the day before my husband was notified about his layoff I received my tuition reimbursement at work (it comes out to be a little less than 50% of tuition and fees once everything is said and done). I earmarked some of that money to replenish my sad and tired warm weather wardrobe. I only purchased a few things before I got the news (and of course, I then stopped. I put the rest of the money toward getting ahead on bills and stocking up on dry goods such as beans!).

Here is what I got, for coupon resolution purposes:

Diamond Days Cap Sleeve Top



Twilight Mandala Dress


7 CLOTHING COUPONS! (I used the lesser of the coupon amounts because the item is fair trade & benefits a charity — which, according to Snopes.com, actually does the work it claims to do).


3 yards of a small polka dot poplin to sew a dress:



I also got this pattern to use to sew the dress — but patterns aren’t on the list as needing coupons — I just wanted to show ya 🙂


I have some other fabric in my stash that I can use for additional dresses with this pattern, too. Love the comfy shift dresses!

…and last but not least, I’m sad to say that my home made deodorant is not making things pleasant in this 95 degree and humid weather. I broke down and purchased:



It is only a 1 on the concern scale at EWG, doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, and thank goodness — it works. I can go back to the home made stuff once autumn returns.

So that was my shopping spree. I think I got good value for the amount of coupons spent — even though I will be wearing these things in the summer, I will only need to put a cardigan over them and can wear them in the winter. I would have loved to have gotten a new pair of yoga capri pants (mine are faded and worn) but I’ll make do.


Clothing: 34 out of 66
Soap: 28 out of 36
Tea: 3.5 out of 10

I’m thrilled that I’m half way in and still have just a wee bit over half of my clothing coupons, and way over half of my soap coupons! I’m a little concerned about my tea coupons, but I’m going to try my best to make my remaining purchases for the year in a strategic fashion!

Happy six months of Life During Wartime Challenge. I am seeing the glass as half full, for sure.

P.S. If you are interested in the clothing, I purchased from the Greater Good network of stores:





  1. You *are* doing brilliantly Jackie – well done. And the clothes are lovely (and ethical!) You’re also being very strong in supporting your husband through his layoff and I hope things turn around for him and you and something new comes up. He’s lucky to have such a support in you- good luck!

    1. Thanks for your well wishes 🙂 I have great faith in my husband — he’s so smart and hardworking — but not so much in the job market. Things are tough out there. One day at a time.

      I am laughing to myself that I feel like a wanton spendthrift and here I haven’t even used half of my coupons. How much stuff do regular people buy these days? Wow!

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