Cheerful Frugality

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In these days with so many losing their jobs I think we all think more frugally. Ladies, I know for some it is a hard thing to do and not complain. Some of you have not been forced to make changes yet, at least not to any big degree, but why wait?

For us, my husband had to change jobs that resulted in over $100 less per week pay. Until the January he was able to make some of it up with some overtime and we could also make a bit of it with my cleaning job. First, his overtime was cut and then they cut the extra’s on my cleaning job. This has left us hurting.

When the handwriting was on the wall that the US was going to have a real turn in the economy and things began shaping up for a set back I began to make more changes in our budget.

Right here I would like to say that attitude makes a big difference. Your husband feels bad enough about things when he loses his job, or takes a cut. Or you, if you are the one bringing in the income. Don’t complain and make things worse. Make the changes silently and with a smile.

What changes?

  • Think waste not. I try to have as little waste as I can. Now, I am not one to waste to begin with, but I checked to see where I was wasting, how I can use things for another purpose and can something that really will not make another meal be used for part of my dog food. (yes, that helps cut down the food you need to buy)
  • Make from scratch. I am not a box person, or a ready made meal person, but there are some things that I would buy. HOWEVER, sometimes the box will work and the price will be less. For instance, mashed potatoes. The price of potatoes here went up and the packaged was on sale. I made potato soup with some boxed and a few fresh thrown in.
  • Toilet paper rolls. Yes, those brown cardboard things inside your toilet paper or paper towels.  They work well to make small pots to start your garden seeds in. Save them up, the collect fast.  pack together in a tray, meat tray or something, fill with dirt and put in your seeds. Planting time you just stick them in the ground and they fall apart. Green, cheap and works!
  • Craigslist and Freecycle. I have freecycled for some time, and have done the craigslist before too. However, I do not always think of it. Now I do. We needed to get a buck for our goats. I found one on Craigslist for free and he is a sweet (but stinky as all bucks are) goat. BE CAREFUL! But, free is good and many things can be found for nothing.

This is just a handful of ideas, I am sure you have more and I would love for you to share them with me also. I do want to stress again, attitude. Be cheerful and build up your husband as well. We are all going through a lot as a nation and need to stick together and get through.

For more ideas on being frugal check out Life as a Mom for the Frugal Friday edition.

3 thoughts on “Cheerful Frugality

  1. Great idea about using toilet paper tubes for starting seeds. I’ve been using containers from cottage cheese, sour cream, etc., but transplanting the entire paper tube sounds like a great alternative. I’m just guessing, but I would imagine that the decomposing paper adds some nutrients to the soil, as well.

  2. I love your idea for the toilet paper rolls! Definitely gonna play with that one.
    My husband and I are working together to find a solution to heavy debt. It isn’t from being frivolous, but from letting interest pile on interest on top of fees on top of…well, you know, credit cards aren’t much better than legalized loan sharks. I have health problems that make it hard for me to work more than a few hours a week. I’ve been living frugally for years now, but only recently have we decided to check into the ‘big guns’ to be debt-free (ie, a home equity loan or a second mortgage.) Mike said, “it’s going to be hard for a while,” but I told him I didn’t think so. Why? Because I already cook from scratch, shop thrift stores and use up and make do. I’m an avid couponer and have built up a good stockpile. For anyone starting out, I’d say it’s going to be hard for a while, but before you know it, you suddenly don’t miss the things you ‘had to have’ before. Then the whole thing becomes a game!
    BTW, not to be a pest, but this reply is coming out in yellow and it’s very, very hard to read.

  3. Sorry about the yellow. I am trying to change it, I did not realize this. I read the comments in email, so did not know of this problem. Will get it worked out!

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