Whenever I think of “living frugally”, I always think of my grandmother. In her days, people didn’t waste anything. There weren’t any yard sales or Goodwill Stores in those days, simply because people used their things until they were worn out! I still remember my grandmother cutting the buttons off worn out clothing and saving the buttons so she could use them again! (Oh how I loved that jar of buttons)
In grandma’s day, flour came packaged in printed, cotton “sacks”. The sacks were fairly large, and grandma washed the flour sacks , took them apart, then used the cloth to make aprons, curtains, quilts, or other things. If you think about it, doesn’t that make good sense?
Back in those days, boxes of “Breeze” laundry detergent came with bath towels packed inside– a little reward for buying their product. I remember the towels were either blue, pink, or yellow striped–and they were paper-thin! ( Of course, they’d have to be thin to fit inside of a box of laundry detergent!) I also remember the smaller boxes of detergent had wash cloths in them, to match the towels. Grandma would let me open the little boxes that came packed inside of the detergent, and it was so exciting to see what color towel was inside!
My granddaddy was a farmer, and I remember my grandmother spending many long, hot, summers canning and freezing vegetables and fruit of all kinds. Nothing was wasted. Preserves were even made from watermelon rinds, which I, personally, always thought were gross. What did grandma use to can her fruits and vegetables in? Recycled mayonnaise jars, and reusable freezer containers, of course!
The other night my husband happened to mention that he could still remember when his parents got their first roll of paper towels. I don’t remember that, but I do remember our parents using old paper grocery bags to put under fried foods to soak up the excess grease, especially during a fish fry! I also remember Ed’s parents saving used aluminum foil…
I proudly recycled my first piece of aluminum foil the other evening! Ed’s been trying to get me to do this for years ( like his parents did), but I always scoffed at the idea in the past. With the price of aluminum foil getting so ridiculous, I’ve recently begun to rethink that decision! I’m not to the point of wiping food off used foil (yet), but if the foil is clean when removed from a bowl, I’ll fold and save it for future use.
Times are changing… I’m hanging onto things I once would’ve discarded without a thought, in days gone by. You never know when something just might come in handy! Prices on merchandise certainly aren’t getting any cheaper! Recently, I’ve heard commercials on the radio from Goodwill Stores, begging people to donate. Apparently, I’m not the only person hanging on to my stuff!
I’ve also begun to rethink my decision to stop canning and freezing in recent years. Canning had gotten to be such a hassle in the past few years, I’d all but stopped canning or freezing anything other than a few peas each year. I even threw out all of my Mason jars, and got rid of my canning pot! With food shortages on the rise, as well as higher prices at the grocery stores, putting more food in the freezer or jars is sounding like a wise decision!
How about you, does the economy have you living more frugal yet?