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Frugal Frustration

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

I am so frustrated with looking for ways to be frugal. In this time, there are hundreds of "save money" lists online. Too bad they all start with "stop buying lattes." I don't buy coffee. I don't have cable, buy clothing only when absolutely necessary and use generics. They obviously didn't make these lists with me in mind. ;)

I do have frugality goals.

I'd like to grow and can my own veggies. My parents are homesteaders, so I know how to garden. Now that my husband and I have a home with a yard, a garden is within my reach. We had to prioritize this spring and summer, so other must-do's came first. But next year is the brass ring! I admit I don't remember how to can, but I can't wait to get back in. I don't own the supplies. That - and the lack of plants - is a hurdle. But I'm trying to barter for some or all of them. Even if I have to buy some things, I consider it an investment.

I am working to be more energy-conscious. All of our lightbulbs are CFs or LCDs. We run fans and open the house when we can, but when the temperature gets extreme, the AC or heat has to come on. Even though I could stand being hotter or colder, my dogs can't. I want to take steps to keep track of the juice our other appliances use also. Every little bit helps!!

I want to try harder to get and give things through barter and Freecycle. While I don't spend much on things, it would be great to get nice used clothing. The resale shops in my city are horrible. I've avoided ones in unsavory neighborhoods where I don't feel safe. The others seem to be closer to garbage dumps. I miss my hometown shops sometimes!

I've begun to clip coupons more regularly and hope to make the most of that. (We don't get the newspaper because we're online, so I don't get regular coupon sections. Still, where there's a will, there's a way!)

Here's to a new, more frugal me!

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You Came to the Right Place for Answers
Thursday, October 07, 2010 | By begonia

There are lots of places online to go for coupons. You can Google on coupons or read Pam's blog, Pam's Penny Pinching with Style, right here. She has a lot of good tips for where to shop to get products cheaply and is also the Freebie Queen--Pam, I am not worthy!

Check out my blog, My Little Farm in Town, for getting garden stuff cheap and cold framing, do-it-yourself, and substitutes for stuff you might otherwise buy. I've also written about bent and dent food shopping and cheap local food sources that are a tad below the radar but can still be found if you know what to look for.

Check out the more recent posts because some have concerned winterizing and ways to save on your heat bill (besides just lowering the thermostat). Some of the women contributing are at least 60 years old and have a lot of experience to share.

Sounds like you have the right attitude. I am sure that you are going to be successful. Begonia

Thanks, Begonia!
Monday, October 11, 2010 | By pamphyila

Yours truly is flattered that you are saying such nice things about me - being a Freebie Queen & all. It's a nice little hobby to have that yields benefits. I have all these free magazine subscriptions thru - & now I am even getting a limited free subscription to the WALL ST. JOURNAL (which I used to read when I worked in ofcs.) this, for a inveterate reader, is super. I even got a free box of Hamburger Helper last week! Altho I don't go for the food freebies much - just the free coffee samples....Oh, dear, we have been doing this for a long time & we did learn different sorts of thrifty habits from OUR mothers...It's an amazing journey. Welcome!

A happy gardener!
Monday, October 11, 2010 | By MzScarlett

Am so delighted that you will be able to have a garden next year! I LOVE to garden; and am now using my dehydrator as we speak to dry some things from my garden!;,;; are some of the sites I love; I glean all I can from articles AND readers tips; and then use whatever I can to help me! I love going to SOME of the various goodwills and thrift stores here in the area; many times you can find brand new clothing with the tags still on them, for far less than you can elsewhere. My neighbor and I find quite a few things at the Goodwill As Is store for FAR cheaper than in the stores themselves!
Keep a list of things you spend $ on; then see if you can find ways to do it cheaper; if not, you are doing well!

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