Learning Frugality

Learning FrugalityI have always been a pretty frugal person, but I'm finding later in life that I don't need as much as I once thought I did. Notice I said the word "thought"? When you are young, you are led to believe that those pretty new shiny objects you see on TV or someone is wearing is something you just can't live without. You went out and bought them and enjoyed the fact you have one too. Later in life, you realize that all the money you spent on that shiny new object either was not good for you, or not worth the money you paid for it. And on top of that, you don't even like it or it is worn out and out of date or you gave it away years ago.


There is one thing I have learned that you can have, doesn't cost any money, and when you give it away it benefits everyone. That something is knowledge. Learning how to make something yourself instead of going out and buying the commercial version is so much more rewarding than just handing over hard earned money for it. And when you share the knowledge of a craft, recipe, or information and ideas to save that hard earned money you share a gift far more valuable than what money can buy. You enable someone to make that product again and again. What is the old saying: "Take a starving man a fish and he eats for a day, but teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime". This is true in everything we do. This is what I have learned through my lifetime.

I enjoy life more today than ever. I am a crafter, I sew, I make my own convenience mixes and spice mixes. If there is a way to make it as opposed to buying a commercial version, I will make it myself! This is not from a book, this is experience talking. I encourage everyone to make something.


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October 9, 20140 found this helpful

I loved your post! You are so right, we'll buy things we think we need, then realize we didn't need them at at all. I totally agree that homemade gifts are better than store bought as well. I hope you win, you are one smart cookie!

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October 14, 20140 found this helpful

You are so right! Great advice!

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October 14, 20141 found this helpful

I sew, mostly for therapy, but I've found that in the last 20 years or so, I can buy my clothes more cheaply off the rack than I can make them. The price of patterns, fabric, notions, etc., plus my time, adds up. I buy from catalogs and watch for sales.

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November 24, 20190 found this helpful

I sew for a creative outlet. I never have liked sewing clothes. But, I don't like shopping either. I do not spend a lot on my wardrobe. I look in my closet. If something is not getting worn because it doesn't fit, is uncomfortable, or for any other reason, I assess whether to alter, refashion, or use the material to make something else. I also try to donate as much as I can that someone might use.


I have received many nice things from people who are doing the same. I believe my desire to do this comes from my depression raised parents (now deceased). I hate seeing things go to the trash and the landfill that could be better put to use in other ways. Too much waste, and waste is expensive.

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November 21, 20142 found this helpful

A wise lady. With age comes wisdom. I spent many years accumulating "things". At a certain age we downsized and retired and I gave away mostly all those 'things'. Who needs a china cabinet full of dishes that are never used but still need to be washed.


Now I spend my leisure time enjoying slow paced things like reading, music, visiting, and reflecting on how those 'things' were so unimportant.

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April 21, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks for sharing, I agree!! I would like to ask you if you have ever found a nice mixture of spices for meat,when you want to make homemade sausage! I would love to hear from you. I like the idea of sage but what else I'm not sure!!

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May 9, 20161 found this helpful

I am also at the age I must downsize. I put something in the Goodwill box, only to go back out in the garage to bring it back. I have given away things that the very next day I wish I had it for a good reason.


But it feels so good to see a room with only a few pretty decorated items instead of dozens that need dusting. If you don't have adult kids that need your things, it is a good idea to start giving then to friends and neighbors now, because your kids will just toss everything in a dumpster. I've seen that happen. Good post Sandy.

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April 22, 20180 found this helpful

For years we bought reasonably I thought then we lost so many things. I started to have fun with what was left and now 10 years later still having fun by reuse repurpose or recycle with the help of using a computer. Today I will make doggie biscuits with peanut flavor as my great grandkids have a dog.


He waits at the door with the kids to see his treats too. Things no longer get thrown just because they are Xmas toys or others. Now they help me repurpose and are discovering another way to life.

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November 13, 20181 found this helpful

When I think of the people I knew, who have passed, I don't remember what they had , but how they treated me. I remind myself of that frequently. Great post.

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November 18, 20190 found this helpful

I think that you are right about sharing a skill which is so valuable. When I was newly wed and didn't know how to cook a friend taught me how to process food. Since that day I have been able to make canned vegs and fruits. The list goes on. I still think of us canning with her antique boiler and how she patiently taught me something that I would use for the rest of my life.

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August 13, 20200 found this helpful

You are so right...I was taught how to live on one small paycheck by my frugal parents. Ive always lived this way, and now Im the one small paycheck. Now if I could just teach my non-working husband how to live within our means......

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October 10, 20210 found this helpful

Awesome post. We have all been there and done that. Im 76 and have more stuff than I possibly need. Now its time to downsize but find things arent selling as good as they once were in my area.

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