Well now that I am debt free, I am still a frugalite as I am saving for a one year emergency fund. Here are a couple of the ways which I am doing it. I hope that you will be able to apply a couple to save a little money.
To begin with let's begin with the limitations, of which a major one is that I live in an apartment, so I can't do any structural changes such as adding insulation to decrease my heating bill etc. But other than that the sky is the limit. So here we go:
I hope that these were of benefit to you and please keep sending in these Frugal Life stories. I love reading what others are doing.
By Lovejoy from Dallas, TX
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I've read at several places and have even seen a few magazine articles where people will get several different sweaters, cut them apart, and construct new ones that are a sort of patchwork design. Horizontal bands are sewn in for length, the patterns are "blocked," and colors and designs are matched. Some look really nice. I've also seen rag rugs constructed from old sweaters. I've really wanted to try this, since I can imagine how soft they must feel underfoot.
Maybe where you live, turning the furnace off isn't a problem, but for those of us who live in the mid-west and colder climates that would not be an option since our pipes would freeze and if that were to happen and they burst, not very frugal getting them repaired and the damage that could cost. I work to pay my bills, but also to enjoy some comforts. I think sometimes we can get a little carried away with frugality. It's a fine line. But, if it works for you, go for it. I will enjoy my furnace during these cold winter months set at a reasonable temperature.
Very nice article! We do a lot of your ideas, and you've sparked me to get going on some projects I've been procrastinating on. I need to make more blankets! We hang blankets over the rock walls in our house, in addition to the windows. We shut off the heat too, and to save from burst pipes we have lots of shut off valves.
I live in the Dallas area, too, and I can't believe anybody needs thermal underwear more than a few days a year. My elderly aunt wore it, but she was in her 90s and cold all the time. Most of the time, it's hot, though we will have some cold spells. I think we have some thermal underwear, packed away with ski clothes.
I do like the idea of replacing elastic rather than buying new, and when my son went from waiting tables (white shirts only) to working in a bank, I dyed his white shirts blue so he wouldn't have to buy all new clothes, and he was sick of wearing white shirts.
We invested in an electric blanket a year ago and it's been wonderful at night. The heat goes way down automatically, but we stay warm, and we usually switch off the blanket after it's warmed up the bed.
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