Ganked from fairorianahttp://www.bankrate.com/bos/news/pf/20080603_new_necessities_a1.asp
Here's their list of the 12 new necessities... how many do you fall into?
1. Daily latte -- nope. MAYBE I have one on the weekend, but since I gave up dairy (mostly) I just don't like them anymore. I don't really care for soy lattes either. I do generally have an iced tea daily, but I often make it myself or have it with my lunch.
2. Cable TV -- Yep. And we definitely get our money's worth. The ability to skip commercials alone probably saves us hundreds of hours and dollars of missed child begging.
3. Manicure/pedicure -- Hmm, I had one on my anniversary last year and I took Bob for one with her friend last fall. I think the time before that was when my brother got married about three years ago.
4. Botox -- Heh. Um, no.
5. Bottled water -- We do buy the large 2.5 gallon containers for the fridge. We're in the process of deciding which filter system to have installed on our kitchen sink though, so that will soon be a thing of the past. I have a glass and carafe at work which I refill several times daily with the filtered tap water. Trying to reduce my family's ecological footprint as well as our exposure to plastics.
6. Second car -- Yep. And we need it, because we work different hours and have two kids to shuttle in two different directions.
7. Cell phone -- I admit, I could not survive without it.
8. Lawn service -- My condo complex has lawn service, but I'm on the board and we've reduced watering and banned chemicals.
9. Clothes -- I never buy ANY clothes full price EVER, except for the Circo brand at Target for the kids, which is super cheap already. Edgar wears about 95% hand-me-downs from her sister, and I still have shirts I bought in college. We probably spend about $500 on clothes for all four of us annually. The only thing I spend money on for me is shoes. With my foot problems over the last year, I've been trying to find a pair of shoes that will help or at least will not make it worse. Payless just doesn't cut it anymore. KEEN, Teva and Propét seem to be the ones.
10. Private school -- Nope. One of the reasons we live in such an expensive-property town is because the schools are world-class. Bob's school is everything I'd ever hope for in an elementary/middle school and Edgar will go there as well.
11. Childhood parties -- We have only ever done one that wasn't at a park, a relative's house or our home. Usually we just go to the park and have a BBQ and a piñata.
12. Pet grooming/walking -- Luckily, cats don't require walking. They play enough Kitty Racetrack (tm) every day that walking them would be redundant and annoying. I groom them with the Furminator and am constantly amazed at how much fur I get off of them with that thing.
Also ganked from Oriana : which other things do you think belongs on a list of newly invented necessities but which you, personally, are doing without?
Energy drinks, vitamin water, flip-flops