Frugal Friday-A Thrifty Attitude

“A thrifty housewife is better than a great income.

A good wife and health are a man’s best wealth.”

~ Charles Spurgeon

Imagine that? Charles Spurgeon placed great value on a thrifty housewife! Let’s think of ways we can be that thrifty housewife and be a blessing to our husbands!

It all starts with attitude. First, let’s be thankful for what we have! Many of my blog readers have running water and western toilets. Most of us have a roof, four walls, and some sort of heat and air conditioning. In fact, we have even more luxuries like properly fitting clothes, food on the table, and books to read. We have entertainment in the form of games, puzzles, and projects. We have friends and family with which to make merry. If you’re looking, you might find that you’re already very well off!

Use what you have. Do you have a broom but want a fancy vacuum? Use the broom for now. Do you have a vacuum but want a Dyson? Use what you already have until the time comes when you can replace with a nicer one. Try the low tech solution to problems, like a rake instead of a leaf blower. Sewing by hand was done for centuries, and no one died from not having a sewing machine!

Save your pennies. The change jar can be used for all sorts of long term savings. Save for a yard sale sewing machine. Save for Christmas funds! Save for something like a new computer, or next week’s grocery bill so you can pay something else off! Save to pay down your debt, or any number of other things! Between your savings jar and thrifty shopping, you can really make the most of those pennies!

Save on grocery. Any time money is especially tight, I go into thrift mode on grocery. Our grocery budget includes many frills, things that don’t necessarily have to come home with me from a trip to Aldi. If I cook from scratch, and make inexpensive meals, we save hundreds of dollars! The grocery budget is a little like an accordion. It can grow or shrink as needed!

Spend wisely. Sometimes we can’t get around it. We need an item from the store. This is the moment that I suggest buying wisely. Know your need, as well. If you need a high quality item, know how to get what would be best for less. If your item can be less quality, know that going into your purchase. Often when I need something that I cannot make, I will first look in my own closets with a creative eye. Then I move on to yard sales and the thrift shop. Having some patience will pay off in the long run!

Research your prices. My mom and dad taught me this important principle early in life. I remember being very small and hearing my dad repeat the make and model of our car with the part needed. He was making phone calls (using the phone book) to different auto parts places to see where he could get the best price on the part we needed. This step is definitely simplified today where we can look up the price and compare online. Still, I’ve made some phone calls lately for pricing!

Research the items, too! With a little research, you’ll find some interesting things about each item you’re wanting. For example, when we’re talking low cost sewing machines, you’re far better off buying an older model from a yard sale than you are buying the least expensive one on the market today. Today’s version is mostly plastic, and the older machine is made of metal. A metal machine can be serviced, or you can learn to clean, oil, and adjust the machine, saving lots of money in the long term!

When the money isn’t there, don’t buy. This is a simple concept, but sometimes so hard in practice. Make do. Do without something. But don’t spend what you don’t have!!!

Tough times don’t last forever. You get through them, and you rebuild!

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