by Tammy Taylor~
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Five is not a large number, and 5 frugal things aren’t difficult for most households to accomplish. I’m hoping this short list of easy frugal things we did at the Taylor Household one day might inspire you to look at your own tasks and perhaps start tackling just 5 easy things to save money in your own home. As an added bonus, almost always those money-saving tasks are environmentally friendly as well, so without doubling your effort you’re able to double your effect! Gotta love it, right?? See what today’s short list of 5 frugal things are in our home…
- First if you Follow us on Facebook you know I repaired our bedspread instead of just tossing it and buying another one. You see, these days bed coverings have almost completely gone to comforters and while those can be beautiful it’s not the look we wanted. Do you know how hard it is to find an actual bedspread anymore?? Anyway, we bought this one oh-so-many years ago & I’ve always loved it, It reminds me of the ones I had on my bed as a child. But over the years the top suffered several torn / frayed places where we’d pulled it up to cover ourselves or make the bed each morning. Now back in ‘the day’ I might have simply shaken my head over the lost spread, tossed it in the trash and gone shopping for another to replace it. But over the past several years I’ve become very aware of my environmental self and it no longer makes sense to throw away this ‘whatsit’ to buy another ‘whatsit’ to replace it when I still LOVE this one. So I folded down the top & sewed several reinforcements along a very thick 6″ deep hem thereby reinforcing the top, stabilizing the frays and giving my favorite bedspread many more years of faithful service! Don’t you think it looks great with my grandmother’s handmade quilt folded at the foot of the bed?
- I made broth with wild pork soup bones returned to us from the meat processor. I’ll chill the broth overnight so I can skim & pressure can it for the pantry tomorrow. As a buy-one-get-one-free benefit, one of those bones only sat in the simmering water long enough to cook the meat a bit so that I could offer it to Bailey for a hog femur chew bone instead of those pork femurs you buy. I know cooked bones are iffy to give to your pets since they’ve been known to splinter when chewed after cooking so I didn’t leave in it long, just enough to make sure the meat clinging to the bones wasn’t raw since it’s wild game meat. I’m sure it would have been fine anyway but…
- I also took advantage of a warm sunshiny day & made sun tea. I use this large picante jar to make my sun tea because the hourglass shape just makes it easier and safer to carry in & out of the house. I simply place filtered water in the clean jar, add my tea bag & set it outside during a sunny day. Even though the temps only got to the lower 60’s the solar effect in the jar still brewed my tea for me. Tea is a very inexpensive beverage choice at the Taylor Household and the used tea bag simply goes into my *tumbling composter so there’s not even any waste heading to the landfill. Using a repurposed container & sending nothing to the landfill makes my crunchy green heart happy.
- RancherMan & I scoured our garage for still-useful items that we were no longer using and took them to the local auction. They will sell those items, take a small percentage for their efforts and we’ll get a check. Garage cleaned plus cash in the bank? Double win! (high fives all the way around, y’all!)
- I repaired the shirt RancherMan snagged on the barbed wire while he was running the rototiller in the garden in preparation for veggie planting. I am first attempting to repair it using a patch cut from a dryer sheet (similar to the way they use this type of patch for embroidery) and some fabric no-sew glue. I’ll see if this holds it and if not I’ll have to buy matching thread & try to sew the rip closed, but sewing it would make the repair much more visible. Fingers crossed that this seam-glue patch works!
There are many more things that we do in the natural rhythm of our days that can be considered frugal like cooking supper from scratch and putting on a light sweater instead of turning up the heat during the cool of the morning, but this is a quick list of 5. I figure five frugal things is easy for anyone to incorporate into their day and the more you do so, the more it just becomes part of life.
What frugal victories did you accomplish today? Are you finding it easier to incorporate frugality without giving it much thought anymore?