Friday, April 30, 2021
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
- Avoid debt and charge cards if at all possible. IF you have debt - get it paid down quickly. We all have had debt at some point - but it is important to pay extra and pay down quickly if there is any possible way. The Amish loathe debt - and try to avoid it all. If they need a business loan - their first priority to pay it off quickly. When you owe others - your money is never yours!
- Grow, barter, glean whatever you possibly can. If there is any way to preserve it in some way - do it! Not everyone can have a garden - but perhaps look for ways to get fresh goods cheaply and use those. End of day at farm markets, road side stands, friends/family, glean, food banks, etc.
- Be as self sufficient as possible (I am not talking off the grid). Know how to do stuff!!!!! Take care of your own. The Amish can MAKE about anything - cleaning products, baking goods, cooking from scratch, gifts, making clothes, quilts, gardening, compost, great craftsmen, etc.
- They enjoy enjoy EXPERIENCES instead of stuff. Have a picnic, play games, go to the swimming hole, take walks, enjoy nature, etc.
- DON'T waste - and fix everything! Find new uses for stuff instead of putting it in the trash. Food, peels, etc.. can be compost or animal feed. Use leftovers in new ways. If something breaks, figure out how to fix it. We have become such a throw away society - it is pitiful. Either fix something or figure out something else that will do the job!!!! Heck if the tea pot sprouts a hole - you can heat water in a pot. No need for a microwave - use the stove. You get the idea!
- Don't pay retail - and shop at second hand shops. Look for sales and clearance whenever you can find it. Thrift stores and yards sales can be your friend!! Let someone else pay the high price and you get it for pennies!
- Buy in bulk when possible. The Amish do this a lot and they split the deals amongst family or neighbors when they can't use it all in a reasonable timeframe. This way you get a great price and you are also helping others
- KNOW the difference between wants and needs!!!!! HUGE You need basic food to live, but you want the expensive deli items. You need shelter for your family - but you may want a home that is too large. You need food - but you want fast food. See - we all have weak moments. Yes, sometimes it does the body good to get a WANT - once in a while it is fine - but don't over do it. If we always do without those wants - it is a chore and we feel discouraged - so splurge once in a great while
- Buy quality. Quality will last and last. It is better to spend extra to get a nice item than to replace it over and over.
- Stay healthy!!! Do all that you can manage to stay healthy. Use natural and herbal remedies if you can. Learn about these things. It may not be something that is realistic in your case - but knowledge is golden and can help someone you know. I have been very fortunate as I still take no medications and only take herbs and vitamins. I work on staying healthy - that is huge for me. Diets, lifestyle, herbs and vitamins are big factors to staying healthy.
- Make gifts and novelty items for others. I love getting something homemade - many do. It can be food, canning items, crafts, candles, you name it.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Sunday, April 25, 2021
- I mowed grass on Monday and snow started on Tuesday evening!
- A neighbor helped me cover the grape arbor to protect from the freeze. I also covered all the peonies and the poppies. The arbor is a good 12' high if not more and it was so cold and windy while trying to cover it. What a job! (talk about using muscles not used!!)
- Got everything uncovered by myself - another big job. I am not sure how much good it did to cover the arbor - a lot still froze. Hopefully it saved enough new growth to have some grapes this year. I know the arbor didn't die - but it may lack grapes again this year.
- I did a few little small repairs around the house
- I fixed the drier heat knob again. Last I fixed it was a good 2+ years ago and it finally gave out. Now it is fixed again!
- Did a lot of laundry - plant coverings (old sheets)
- Ran out one day - stopped at Big Lots and Kroger. I am anticipating what might be short in stock this summer and got plenty of freezer bags! Bought some fruit and veggies I also found 2 boxes of lids/bands canning lids. Pound of ground turkey for 1.19.
- Got a .20 gallon discount on gas while out
- Made a small pot of lentil soup
- Cooking from scratch and using what I have on hand
- Went to a celebration for my sister's 90th birthday!!!!! She is sure amazing. It was a wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman.
- Pulled up tons of poison ivy from flower bed - futile effort I know. It thrives in this community and is so hard to get rid of, since it is all around flowers.
- Just doing all the normal stuff
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Sunday, April 18, 2021
- I mowed and trimmed the entire yard. Trimming sure made a difference in the look
- I did more yard work - (it never ends)
- I fixed 2 finch feeders that had broken perches. Crazy thing - I have always bought the same type and have had several that had a broken port or perch. I kept them in a box in garage. Came across them the other day and it just dawned on me that the parts are all the same. I repaired the 2 hanging with new posts from old ones. Saved me about $30 from buying 2 new ones (which was on my list)
- I worked in the garage while my friend/neighbor worked on car. I got a huge bunch of stuff for recycle and trash. Did some straightening. So much left to do!
- I ran to super WM with neighbor. I only go to WM grocery/market once in a while - hadn't been in super WM in many years. I checked for cat food and they bunches!!!! I got a bunch of canned food - stocking my shelves. I will check again in a week or two for different flavors. I looked for canning lids - none - but they had tons of jars
- I used leftovers in new dishes
- I received $6 in coupons for dry cat food from a friend
- Inventoried and straightened the upright freezer. Found a few things I forgot about! I have it very nicely arranged for the moment! (we all know how quickly that can change). LOL. Now I know what I need to add to stock
- I inventoried my canning lids. I have bought many in past years on discount. I have bunches of wide mouth and many regular. I will get regular when I see them. Everything all together now (they were scattered every where). Still need to work on organizing jars (don't need any of those for sure). Also have pectin out the wazoo!
- Using what I have and cooking from scratch
- Did NOT go to the grocery this week as planned - didn't bother me a bit
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Clothes can be very expensive. Even if you buy from a thrift store - you want to them to last as long as possible. You want to be conscious of your funds. You can keep your look fresh and nice and still be financially responsible.
- Dress for the occasion - meaning only wear old worn clothes for working in the yard, nice clothes for dress up. Play clothes for play. Aprons when cooking - so as to keep grease splatters off your clothes. Grease can ruin more items.
- Wash in cold as much as possible. Cold water is not nearly as color fading as hot and it is more energy efficient
- Don't launder as often. Wear clothes more than once unless they are terribly dirty. When working in the yard I have old jeans to wear and I may wear two or three times while working out in the dirt before washing. Now, I wouldn't wear them any where else - but I plan. I know if I will be out 2 or 3 days in a row and sure don't want to get every pair dirty. Some people change clothes often and wash after every wearing - even if it was just an evening out. That seems wasteful of energy and you are wearing your clothes out faster
- Zip up all your zippers before laundering items. It keeps them from catching on other things. Fasten your bras as well - so hooks don't snag other clothes
- Be gentle with your undies - don't ever put them in a dryer. It wears them out and discolors & ruins elastic.
- Mend, patch, fix buttons, hems and zippers when possible. The more you you mend the longer you have your items in good repair.
- Dye faded jeans or dark colors. I have dyed jeans many times and they look great afterwards. You can buy denim 'color' dye.
- Wash your clothes inside out. Less color loss, less fraying and pilling, less cracking on T-shirt emblems, less lint.........
- Use deodorant/anti-perspirant to prevent sweat stains in under arm area. Some materials are hard to remove smells from - so keep the body odors at bay!
- Hang laundry as often as possible - whether outside or inside. The drier really does break down clothes (as does fabric softener). Hang in garages, on patios, on racks inside, out on a line - where ever you can
- Wash by colors. Whites, darks, light colors, etc. Keeps color from fading into others
- Make sure you buy easy care clothes. I do NOT ever buy dry clean only clothes. IF I did I would wash on gentle at home and hang to dry (I have done that in the past). I tried those home dry cleaning kits years ago and never again - the smell was horrible!!!!! Simple care means just that - easy is better!!
- Keep Tide pens or blue Dawn on hand for stains. Stains can ruin an item you love. Make sure you treat quickly. If that doesn't work - get creative with a patch or embroidery!
- Keep all those extra buttons you get with tops/sweaters. Keep them in a jar or box separate from all other buttons - that way you can find them easily if you lose one
- Place super delicate items in a pillow case to launder if you do not have a laundry bag. You can easily make laundry bags from soft nylon net or from an old lace curtain panel or tablecloth.
- Wash stuffed animals on gentle cycle
- Wear jeans until you can't - patch as long as possible. Once you can't patch - make shorts or a skirt or an apron!
- Use vinegar for softening clothes - in rinse. It is all natural!!!! (No smell once dry)
- Use baking soda and or peroxide to brighten and whiten - again all natural.
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Good morning to all my friends! Hope you are each well and safe.
It has been a lovely week here. Warmer temps all week and we had rain - lots of rain! It is still raining. The grass is so brilliant green and the trees are greening - it is very pretty! This coming week is supposed to be more 'normal' for this time of the year. 50's and low 60's for highs and nights in the 40's. Spring is here - just not the permanent heat of summer! That is OK, I do enjoy the different seasons.
- Picked a bouquet of tulips
- Cut my hair (it so needed it) and did a root touch-up
- Moving a few things around in the yard (yard art). Cleaned out the front flower bed - oh it it so full of ivy and Vinca vine it's crazy. None of it was planted by me - and most of it is a pain! I removed a huge trash barrel full of stuff. (can we say sore???!!!!!!)
- Mowed the yard 2X - yes I did. The rain is sure making things grow like crazy
- No heat or AC at all this week. Windows open and fresh air every day. I even slept with the window open a bit at night and ceiling fan on!
- I got the rain barrels out of garage and pretty much set up (spout isn't open yet)
- Changed out my handbag to a spring looking one
- Making a list of items I need to get at Menard's. Lots of little things. Also making a list of things that I need to accomplish outside this spring - work is never done
- I did go out to the grocery this week. Got fresh veggies and some fruit and milk and juice concentrate. I did get a couple bargains. 4 large cans of salmon for 2.19 each, and 2 bags of specialty chips for .79 each.
- Made up a jug of orange juice
- Doing all the normal things - eating from home, using what I have, normal cleaning and laundry, seldom turn on a light, using up leftovers
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
- Frugality helps reduce clutter (hopefully). We love to recycle and reclaim things and re-use items. We love finding new and exciting ways to use leftovers. We tend to not just buy to be buying - it needs to be a serious need
- Frugality promotes an environmentally friendly lifestyle - pretty much the same reasoning as above. Reduce, re-use and recycle and reclaim
- Frugality helps us learn creativity. There is no limit to our imaginations!!!
- Frugality seems to reduce stress, gives a state of peace of mind while gaining a greater simplicity in our lives. If you aren't spending a lot - you have less bills and more money to pay the ones you DO have. Living a simpler way of life is freeing!
- Frugality gives me a gratitude mindset. I am thankful for everything. The small things mean a lot and I have learned to appreciate and love things that God has given us that cost nothing. Nature is wonderful, taking a walk is wonderful, spending time with loved ones is wonderful, a child's laughter is wonderful.....
- Frugality gives you options and freedom. It helps you save more for things that are really important. Having a retirement account. Having an emergency fund. Having more for less. Making the best use of what we do have.
- Frugality helps reduce debt. Watching your funds and spending is a great way to pay off debt and get out of the grasp of lenders.
- Frugality helps you be more generous to others. Watching your spending allows you to donate to those in need, whether by funds or goods
- Frugality is a great hobby!!!! You learn new ways, you save, and you pay off debt. It becomes a game and a challenge to see just how far you can stretch a dollar.
- Frugality helps you realize your priorities! It isn't about stuff - it's about moments and security
- Frugality means WAITING and planning. It means no rash and sudden decisions. Think and plan your spending.
- Frugality is about being a good steward of what you have
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
We all have our pantries and our freezers. There are just some things we all need to remember for them to be successful for our family. Many of us strive to have long term pantries - being prepared for anything that happen. I hope you still see the need for that today.
- Don't buy things you and your family don't like or don't eat. I know an emergency situation can mean eating anything - but truthfully it should be something you like. (My only suggestion is maybe having things to barter with.)
- Have variety - carbs, proteins, fatty foods, veggies, fruit and meat. Also grains and dry goods. Being able to mix and match items gives you so much more flexibility with food prep
- Store your items properly. Keep dry goods dry and cool. Wrap freezer goods properly so as to avoid freezer burn. Now remember freezer burn does not make an item non-edible - it just really changes flavor and texture and makes it unappealing. You can cut off freezer burn and cook - but the best policy is to wrap properly before freezing
- Inventory - know what you have. Keep like foods grouped together for easy searching. Baking goods, soups, home canned, veggies, fruits, canned meats - etc. Both pantry and freezer should be inventoried on a regular basis. Best idea is to pantry shop - before going to the store. That way you can see what items need replaced or restocked
- Rotate, rotate, rotate!!!!!! So important. Use your oldest first. Always place your newer goods to the back and older items up front. REMEMBER - there is NO expiration date (except baby formula). Those dates are 'best if used by' dates and seriously just recommend for the freshest taste. Foods can be used many months and years past those dates!!!!! Dates are not mandated by the government - they are put on by the manufacturer in hopes of getting you to purchase more!
- Know of alternative ways to use what you have. For instance know what items you can use instead of oil in baking, or what you can use instead of eggs. Oats can be used in place of nuts and dry milk instead of fresh. There are so many alternate uses for items. Know what you have and other ways to use it.
- Know others ways to prepare/cook. You may not have use of your stove or oven - what to do? Propane grill, charcoal grill, wood fire, sun box..... check and know alternative cooking methods. Also have foods on hand that can be eaten without cooking - straight from the can. Many gas stoves today have the electronic start (that clicker spark) - many can been lit with a match. Just the stove top - not the oven - but it is worth trying. If only electric is out you should still have gas flow
- Pets - make sure you have inventory for your pets needs as well. They are family!
- Comfort food - this is truly important. If a situation gets grave , no matter what it is, a little comfort food can relieve a bit of stress. Maybe peanut butter for a good old peanut butter sammy, or cocoa for hot chocolate, or some pie filling or chocolate candy put back. It really can make a moment seem a bit better
- Have supplies of dry goods and health and beauty things as well. TP, shampoo, dish soap, body soap, laundry supplies, vinegar (so many uses), salt, OTC meds, etc. ** Another reminder - one soap can work in place of many in a difficult situation.
Sunday, April 4, 2021
- Sticks - oh my! Every day I go out and pick up so many sticks and limbs
- Mowed the entire yard for the first time! LOVE the smell of fresh mowed grass
- Aired the house a couple days
- Picked 2 more bouquets before the freeze - daffodils and hyacinths (oh the smell!)
- I ran to the bank to take care of some business (only day I left the house)
- Dropped off birthday cards at P.O. (had the cards in my stash)
- Stopped at 2 dollar type stores on the way to bank. Got some canned cat food. You get it where you can find it now days!!!!!
- Cooking from scratch, using all leftovers, normal house work, just all the normal stuff
- Renewed library books online
- Trying to figure out this years yard. Moved a few things around, making some plans
- No grocery store this week - figured it would be awful busy
- Did some fence visits earlier in the week