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What Frugality means to me

August 1, 2009

Frugality is much more to me than saving money or reducing debt.  It’s my quality of life.  It means spending a little extra time getting things done and just stepping back and enjoying life in simpler terms.

Yes, I do love to save money but saving is really relative person to person.  We all know the person that “saved $40” while buying that $100 purse.  My version is can I pick up a purse from the local thrift store, Craigslist, Freecycle, WalMart, etc under $10.  There really are nice ones to be had from these avenues and who cares what brand name it is.  When people use brand names, it always bothers me.  It really does.  Who cares!   

Frugality to me means taking the time to do very simple things like line drying my clothes.  It only takes a few minutes but I find it relaxing and I just love to do this.  It is my time.

Frugality to me means accepting other people’s versions of what is frugal and deciding if that would be acceptable to me.  Some things are and some are not.  I don’t have to tell anyone that I won’t be following their example.   It is only about what would work for me  and my family.

My husband and I make a very good living but I know we could weather any storm if our circumstances changed.  We are pretty quiet about our finances but when we pay bills, we keep track of the amounts going to different utilities.  Just because we can afford to pay our electric and water bills doesn’t mean we want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on them every month.  Why work so hard to pay the utility companies?  

Forget peer pressure.  It doesn’t make you happier.  Usually miserable.  I like what I like and you can like what you like. 

Sometimes I think people’s version of the “good life” is money, fame, material items, drinking, traveling, cars, boats … you get the idea.  Is that really the good life?  I would beg to differ (for us).  The good life to me is spending time with my family, making homemade items that are good for us and more nutritious, not impairing my senses by overdrinking, enjoying local events, enjoying good reading material (romance novels just don’t cut it), waking up early every morning and enjoying birds singing and the day beginning.  I could go on and  on. 

Many moons ago, I was the type of person, rushing to work, always working late, spending money always eating out, never seeming to get ahead, never able to put money away or have time for myself.  All I can say, I will NEVER let myself become that person again.

I do my work and leave.  My personal/family time is more  important that my job.  I cook at home, bring my lunch, have no debt because I refuse to get burdened by that beast again, have a savings, live simply and really don’t care what other people think.  

It took awhile for me to get it but I am much happier and at peace with my life.  If I died today, I could honestly say … I don’t know what I would say.  I love life!  So let’s not even go there.  🙂

Yes, it is important to me to remember those in need, locally and worldwide.  We volunteer our time every month and it just helps us to keep things in perspective and keep things real.

This truly is our frugal way of life and it is the real “good life.”


Homemade Accomplishments

July 15, 2009

Here is a list of things we make at home.  These are fun to do and although my husband and I both work FT, we spend quality time together replenishing these items.  It helps keep us grounded and lets us enjoy the simple things in life.

I will send time over the next few weeks posting about each item but if you are interested in anything in particular, let me know and I’ll respond.

Homemade accomplishments

  1.  alfredo sauce
  2. apple plum butter
  3. bagels
  4. baguettes
  5. bread
  6. brown sugar
  7. butter
  8. cheddar cheese
  9. coffee creamer
  10. cranberry chutney
  11. cranberry juice
  12. cranberry sauce
  13. cream cheese
  14. cream of … soup
  15. English muffins
  16. extracts (various)
  17. fermented veggies
  18. ghee
  19. ginger ale
  20. goat cheese
  21. granola
  22. extracts (lots & lots)
  23. hot sauce
  24. hummus
  25. infused oils
  26. jerky
  27. kahlua
  28. ketchup
  29. kefir
  30. kombucha
  31. marshmallows
  32. mayonnaise
  33. mozzarella cheese
  34. mustard
  35. nut butter
  36. parmesan cheese
  37. pasta
  38. pickled eggs
  39. pickled watermelon rinds
  40. pita bread
  41. powdered salt
  42. powdered sugar
  43. preserved grapefruit
  44. preserved lemons
  45. pretzels
  46. ranch dressing
  47. ravioli
  48. relish
  49. ricotta cheese
  50. roasted coffee
  51. roasted garlic
  52. roasted peppers
  53. roasted tomatoes
  54. roti (Indian bread)
  55. salsa
  56. soda
  57. sour cream
  58. soy milk
  59. syrups (various flavorings)
  60. tomato sauce
  61. vanilla bean paste
  62. vanilla extract
  63. veggie stock
  64. vinegar (apple cider, wine, various)
  65. wine
  66. yeast (sourdough)
  67. yogurt


Non food items

  1. all purpose cleaner
  2. deodorant
  3. glass cleaner
  4. hand soap
  5. laundry detergent
  6. lotion
  7. pantiliners
  8. shampoo
  9. shaving cream
  10. toilet paper
  11. toothpaste

 To do

  1. Tea
  2. Jam/jelly (grape, etc)
  3. Dosas
  4. Bubble tea
  5. Soy sauce
  6. Miso
  7. Tofu
  8. Tempeh
  9. Ice Cream
  10. Soap