Frugal Friday #1

Frugal Friday KOMH

It’s Frugal Friday! Here are just a few of my frugal accomplishments this past week:

  • Saved bread sacks – I made extra ice, filled a bread sack with
    My bacon grease in a Mason Jar!
    My bacon grease in a Mason Jar!

    the cubes and set it in the freezer so I have a reserve of ice.

  • Saved the lint from my dryer & empty toilet paper rollers – to make simple fire starters.
  • Saved used dryer sheets – great for scrubbing off soap scum!
  • Saved my bacon grease – delicious to scramble your eggs in!
  • Wore an apron – to further protect the rags I wear! (helps makes your clothes last longer that way)

    Vintage Apron KOMH
    Protect your clothes gals! Put your apron on!

Frugal goals for next week:

  • Save used chicken bones for stock
  • Mend my son’s shirt and britches

What frugal/thrifty things did you find to do or accomplish this week? What are your goals for the coming week?

Use it up Wear it out

Please share! And until next time…stay frugal!!!

Mrs. G

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Introducing: Frugal Fridays

Use it up Wear it out

We live in a disposable world. Everything is made to be tossed out or to break so we can buy new again. It’s a never ending cycle. No more are the days when things were made to last (but I’ll leave that for another post!) I’m sure this country has never in all its days been as wasteful as it is today.

waste not want not

I personally believe much of the problem with this generation is that we really don’t know what it’s like to do without. Sure, we’ve seen some struggles here and there but for the most part our basic needs have always been met. A few generations ago, that was not the case.  This country suffered through the Great Depression and it would seem that’s where true thrift and frugality were born. Not the trendy, look at me I’m cute and frugal kind of frugality, but the desperate, core-rattling reality that there was no money and no work and yet somehow you had to feed and clothe a family kind of frugality. The struggle for them was very real. They lived the “use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without” life and I think a lot can be learned from them.

worn out work boots

So without further ado, I introduce to you: Frugal Fridays! I would like to take some time on Fridays to share some things I’ve learned from this frugal generation. Many things I’ve watched my grandparents do and even my parents. Some things I do and others I should work at doing more often.

A lot of these things have been lost over the years. Too often, we take things for granted. We have our needs and wants in utter disorder. I want need to be a better steward with what God has so graciously given me.

Savings coin jars

Will you join me on Fridays (or every other Friday depending on my week!) for some frugal tips, inspiration and encouragement? I will report to you about any of the frugal or thrifty things I managed to do during the week. I encourage you to work at it too and come back and share with me! I don’t know a soul who couldn’t benefit from stretching those hard earned pennies to the max!!

Be on the lookout for more to come!…..

Mrs. G