Cut those expenses in half, redirect your disposable income, decrease your stress, change your spending habits, live a thrifty fun life well below your means and budget now to be financially free later. Recently I have been trading thrifty and fun ideas with many families that are struggling to regain control of their money and allow it to work for them instead of always working for it. Most of these ideas, we learned in school. But when applied to our grown-up lives, they can and will make a difference.
Try to remember why it was, and is, so nice to go visit good ol' "Grandma"; worn comfortable furniture, fresh local produce, homemade meals, real tea or coffee, photo albums, time to read and plenty books to choose from, family art on the walls, comfy quilts/afghans, real sugar, places to hike, sled riding, ice skating, bible studies, mushroom hunting, wood to whittle, picking wild flowers, clipping coupons, picnics to enjoy, kites to fly, people to chat with, board or card games to play, crafts to make, cakes to bake, photos to take, leaves to rake, habits to break, birds to watch, and not to forget, those local events; fairs, cook outs, fishing holes, quilting bees, church potlucks, softball, pool parties, campfires, and family reunions. So here is a large list of things that each of us could/can change in order to be more like the place we remember and save lots of money in the process.
Staci from Amanda, OH
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Sounds like the old days when not have t.V. computer. Wonder if any one hangs May baskets anymore?We use to hang at one at least twice a week.
Good advice! Many of us have forgotten the simple pleasures that a trip to "good ol' Grandma's" can bring.
I like your money-saving tips and follow many of them already.
This is my favorite way to live. Many suggestions are already done here and the others are appreciated. One big reason this lifestyle is satisfying is because it relies upon activities that have sustained people for millenia. Many of today's hobbies were once necessities but the activities continue to satisfy.
I get lots of ideas from thinking about how they did things in the old days - Old-fashioned solutions can be adapted to modern times and spark your thinking along those lines....
My grandmother was my inspiration...have you ever noticed that when you decide to run out and buy a cake (or something like that) the time and money you spend to get there and come back you already have it made? Convenience food isn't really that convenient when gas is $3.40 a gallon and you live x miles away!
I enjoyed this story. Great tips!
Staci,thanks.I do remember being loved and comfortable at Gram's.The furniture worn&comfy,white tea(one dunk of her tea bag)we sang,listened to stories of the old days.My kids,are always too busy..what a shame..
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