So many of us are in need of tightening our belts so to speak. Save some dough. Be thriftier, cut back on spending. At first look it doesn't seem fun, something that we want to do. However, I believe it is all a matter of how you look at it. I have been thinking about this forced frugality that so many of us are under. I was trying to list all the positives here are a few:
- Learn new skills - how to bake bread, tortillas, sew, garden are a few.
- Less waste.
- Actual belt tightening when frugal practice promote weight loss.
- Practice thinking out of the box - which also help your mental health, better than crossword puzzles.
- It is oh so earthy crunchy and green. Oh such a lovely color! When you buy less, waste less, cook from scratch, drive less, make your own cleaning products, replace paper towels with rags, use a family cloth, handkerchiefs instead of tissues just to mention a few you are being oh so earthy crunchy and a good steward of God's gifts to us.
I have also noticed that by staying home I have the time to try the many activities that will save me money. I have a little more time to try and make those tortillas from scratch or make homemade cleaners. Gardening is another pastime that is so much healthier for me in numerous ways than my shopping hobby is!
A few more ideas to help you down the frugal crunchy path:
- giving up soda,
- using The Keeper (girls only)
- rip your dryer sheets in half or maybe even fourths.
- make homemade popsicles.
- don't preheat your oven if it isn't necessary
- make your own flystrips
- don't waste any food not even the crunchies at the bottom of the box or that half an avocado!
- make your own dinner rolls
- give up paper towels - use cheap bar rags instead.
So what are you doing to tighten the belt? How are you being both frugal and crunchy?
Added to 11th Heaven's Homemaker Monday. , Works for Me Wednesday.