My Frugal Life: Save and Use Everything

I went through a divorce several years ago, due to not being emotionally mature. I turned to drugs and, in a matter of 8 months, I found myself in a homeless shelter. I had lost my children, my home and myself. I was unemployable, due to not finishing school and thinking I knew it all! My Frugal LifeI had to relearn everything I knew and then change it to make it in this life. So I started slowly and I started paying my bills, even if it meant a letter and $5.00 dollars a month! I had to show people that I was responsible. Well, that was in 1998!

I've come a long way and the things I was taught back then I still do today, so here are a few I do: any container can be reused for something whether it be garbage or bath salts or beads or whatever, reuse it! Dinners become leftovers and go to us, the neighbors and, last but not least, the dogs. Bread is used for sandwiches, then toast, then put in freezer for garlic bread made in toaster and, last but not least, saved for the birds in winter. Garbage can be used to start fires in our fire pit (don't use plastic), food is saved in old milk containers in fridge and put in the ground to put back in what I took out!


Clothes are bought in thrift store and yard sales and worn, then turned into rugs that I sell or give as gifts or use as material to make something else. Plastic bags are used as totes and wrappers for gifts. Junk mail is turned into beads for bracelets and necklaces. I could go on and on! I use to do all of this to save money, now I do it because it is the right thing to do. I am thankful for another chance and I show it by helping Mother Earth rather than destroying it. By the way, I also believe I've been blessed for my effort because I've learned to pass it on and I now own my property and home in full, no loans. Wow, what a blessing! Thank you for letting me share my story.

Denise from McRae, GA

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April 19, 20070 found this helpful

Congrats on getting your life back on track and thank you for the helpful hints,I jotted down several and appreciate that you know where things come from and to give back to the Earth from which it came. God Bless you and yours.

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April 19, 20070 found this helpful

Good for you! You've shared some valuable info.

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April 20, 20070 found this helpful

How wonderful for you that you were able to turn your life around! Congratulations! I hope that now somehow you are able to see your children. God bless you!

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April 20, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks for sharing, my daughter is 21 and has a baby and was an addict she is living here and trying to work and pay bills. With counseling I have learned that I was enabling her by helping pay things. Its always nice to hear someone has gone on and done ok. and is still doing ok. Its hard to find people willing to talk about theirselves. Thank you again...

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April 20, 20070 found this helpful

thank you to all who posted and yes my youngest son now lives with me and my 2 older boys have moved up and on and god bless to all of you also denise

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April 21, 20070 found this helpful

I'm glad you told your story here. You sound so appreciative of what you have now, and I think that's the key to living right - being grateful for what we have today. What a journey you've had.

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July 25, 20080 found this helpful

Wow! Thanks so much for sharing your story! I went through a VERY similar experience in the '90's. I've got 6 good years under my belt, and I learned many of the same lessons you did, it seems. Thanks so much for making me feel 'not so alone'! Keep up the good life! I know I am!

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