In 2012 I'm going to re-challenge myself not to pay to eat out anymore. We were doing so good there for a while and then things got busy and I just like eating out !! I have a bunch of things I want to pay for, things I want to pay off, and money I want to save, (and gazillions of recipes I want to try), so my re-forray into the world of not-paying-to eat out is coming at a much needed time. We're often living beyond our means, but also beyond the way I'd like to live. Pare things back to have more time. Stay in more. Be with myself more. Bake more. Grow more. etc.
Even if things turn around financially, I don’t think I could stomach going to Whole Foods (except maybe for olive oil) because my biggest revelation in terms of self-sufficiency is this: It is no big deal. You can tell yourself anything is too difficult, or you can just do it. And you do not need to reconstruct your worldview or take issue with others.What are your plans for 2012? How will you get closer to being "Back to the Land"? Happy New Year!