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My Frugal Life - My Scottish Ancestors

Being frugal probably started with my Scottish ancestors. I wasn't married long when I discovered that my husband's paychecks were much smaller in the winter. He drove through the Okanagan and brought me a lot of produce. I was canning before I was 20. A good size garden helped once we had children. I sewed most of their clothes as well as my own. One learns much by taking apart used garments to remake as other things. Worn sheets have good edges and make excellent pillow slips, crib sheets and tea towels.

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When things were really rough for me, after the children were grown and my husband gone, I learned even more. My job hours were cut and I felt that house payments were vital. Laundromats are costly so I only took bedding to it, the rest I washed in the tub with a scrub board. You wouldn't believe how clean clothes get. I still do white socks sometimes. Everything was hung to dry, outside in summer and on a rack in winter.

When I became too ill to work at one point, I cancelled the TV cable and parked the car for most of a year. I loaded up on books in the summer at garage sales and traded with friends. So much better than going bankrupt and losing sleep over unpaid bills. We really must learn to stretch money and sometimes do without if we are to survive without a heavy debt load.

Siris from Northern Canada

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September 6, 20060 found this helpful

Thank you Siris-- The more young folks read stories like yours-- I hope they will learn that everything does NOT have to be bought-- RIGHT NOW!-- for that matter-- everything wanted doesn't have to be bought at all.

Appreciated your insight.

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September 7, 20060 found this helpful

I also wash our clothes in the tub, (smaller items in the kitchen sink and sanitize afterwards). Our finances get tight quite often and when clean clothes are needed, you have no other choice. My sister said to me "I dont know how you do it", and I told her you do what you have to, when you dont have a choice, and they do come out quite clean. And you can scrub the "stains" more efficiantly than the washer can at times. I do go to laundromat when money permits tho.

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October 27, 20060 found this helpful

I don't do my laundry in the tub much any more but I sure do light washing all the time. While traveling, I do it in the shower or tub. Hang the clothes from the shower nozzle.

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