I want to talk about frugality today.
Boring, I realize, but since 70% of the the gene’s in my body scream frugality that is mostly who I am.
We won’t talk about the other 30% of the genes that was born a Princess, and at times drowns out the frugality and makes me want large diamonds, a professional Viking stove, a Nikon 300D, and some new lens’s, pounds of fabulous Guittard, Valhrona, Scharfenburger, and Belcolade chocolates, expensive perfumes, a jacuzzi on my back deck, and a filled walk in closet the size of my bathroom.
Welcome to my kind of crazy.
Americans are spoiled.
I am spoiled.
I think of the pictures I saw Sunday of some Somalian refugees that live in wall less shacks, sleep on the ground and are eating boiled leaves because they have nothing else.
Just laying in my king size bed with 1 pillow and 4 blankets I am richer than they.
Yes, we are spoiled.
Frugality = effort and we as Americans don’t want to do ‘effort’ anymore.
Conserving water takes time and effort, but I save over 300 gallons of water a month just by flushing with gray water. That 300 gallons saves us $20+ a month or $240+ a year.
Gardening takes time and effort, but it provides those wonderful ‘organic’ veggies for my girl and saves us $200+ a year.
Cooking supper takes time and effort, but in doing so, I don’t have to eat all those extra fast food calories, and it doesn’t take long if you plan…but the planning…it takes the effort.
Grocery shopping to find deals takes time and effort, but the money I save by doing this is so much cheaper than eating out…even on the dollar menu. By shopping at Aldi, and using coupons at Stuffmart, I spend on average $350-400 a month on groceries and household stuff.
Hanging laundry on the line takes time and effort, but by doing that I save $20+ a month or $240 a year on my electric bill aaaannd my clothes don’t wear out as fast which = less clothes shopping, much to the dismay of the girl and my secret desire to convert my loo into a walk-in closet.
There are other things that I do that some (mom) might think is a bit radical but the savings…oh! it adds up.
Just in these few ways I can save almost $1,000+ a year.
Could I do more? of course I could, but these things that bring our home the biggest bang for our buck…and my Diva might overthrow my Frugal and upset the delicate balance in my brain.
What could you do with that extra money?
Is a $1,000+ a year worth a little bit of effort?
I wonder how much chocolate $1,000+ could buy…