Do What Works for You

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I believe one of the very most important parts of frugal living is to do what works for you. I can sit here all day and blabber on how I save money by making my own bath products, turning my heat down, and consolidating trips to save gas, but those may be things that you aren’t willing to do for whatever reason.  That’s totally fine.  One of the best things about living life is learning from others and respecting their choices.

I do think that there are frugal alternatives to pretty much everything, so if you’re not going to be hardcore frugal, you can still save money in some way.

-Don’t want to use cloth toilet paper? You can buy your toilet paper in bulk, either at the grocery store or Costco or Sam’s. You will still be saving money.

-Does the idea of using baking soda as shampoo freak you out? Start playing the drugstore games to score some awesome deals on shampoo.

-Is your time limited and you can’t soak and cook your own dried beans?  Use a can of beans from the store.  They will taste just as good and you’ll save money over eating dinner out.

My point is: just because I do something to save money doesn’t mean that it’s going to work for everyone.  Time is just as precious as money.  It’s all about doing what works best for you and your family.

What is something that you don’t budge on when it comes to frugal living?

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Selling Yourself

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Day after day, I dream of selling my house, buying some land in the woods, and living in a cabin, yurt, or tiny house. Yet day after day I continue the lather, rinse, repeat that is my life. Wake up, go to work, work, come home, clean, go to bed.  Often times I feel like my life is unfulfilled; rather, my job is unfulfilled, but it pays really well and I know what I am doing (for the most part).

Sometimes I feel like the biggest sell out.

I think that one of the best reasons to be frugal is to be able to live on less and have time to do things we love, yet personally I am not able to walk the walk as much as I talk the talk.  I work this job that is okay, not something I’m in love with, but I do it for the money and the benefits.

I’ve been thinking about going part time for awhile, and then I sit down and figure out how much money I could be making rather than staying at home doing whatever. If I did go part time, chances are I’d take about an $8 an hour pay cut, plus the hours that would be decreased, and then I’d probably feel like I gave up something I shouldn’t have.  I’ve decided to make the best of it currently, and do my best at work and keep paying off debt and saving money for the future.

That doesn’t mean that I still don’t dream of my cabin in the woods, or living in an rv and traveling full time.  It just means that I’m working towards being able to do that one day, hopefully sooner than later.

Do you ever feel like a sell out?  How do you combat living your dreams versus being realistic?

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Where have all the Housewives Gone?

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Ah, remember the good old days of the Fifties? Nope, neither do I.  I have always been intrigued by that era though.  The soda fountains, sock hops, and relaxed atmosphere.  I totally believe I would have been a fantastic housewife during the Fifties.  I’d wear my cute little apron, hang laundry on Monday, have dinner ready by the time hubby came home, and make sure the kids were having fun playing outside in the fresh air and sunshine.  *sigh*

It seems that housewives are now extinct.  I, for one, am really sad about this.  I think there is a lot of value in housewives.  I know between working full time, keeping up with the household chores, and blogging I feel like I barely have time to rest!  I get tired just thinking about my days sometimes.  I think that if we could afford it, and I wouldn’t feel like a lazy buns, I could totally rock the housewife persona.  I’d be super organized and make a schedule.

My paternal grandmother went by a schedule like this:
Monday: Wash Day
Tuesday: Ironing Day
Wednesday: Sewing Day
Thursday: Market Day
Friday: Cleaning Day
Saturday: Baking Day
Sunday: Day of Rest

I’d have to mix it up a little and mine would probably look like this:
Monday: Wash Day
Tuesday: Blogging Day (LOLOL)
Wednesday: Sewing/Crafting Day
Thursday: Grocery shopping
Friday: Deep Cleaning Day
Saturday: Baking Day
Sunday: Day of Rest (another blog day!)

Seriously though, if I ever worked from home I really wouldn’t do that.  I’d make sure to take time to blog every day! 😉

I think one of the best things about housewives is being home makers.  I think homemaking is an art.  Homemakers make the house a home.  They transform ordinary houses into warm, inviting, safe havens for their families.  They manage the family’s finances, clip coupons, and ensure the household runs smoothly.  What an important job!

Do you know any women currently that choose to be homemakers? What’s your opinion on housewives?

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