Being frugal does not have to be painful. There are many ways to cut back and one way is to do a reverse home makeover. You need to make changes to your home to help you go back to basics. You need to discover the possibilities of your outdoor space and you need to research the old fashioned way of doing things.
Our Great Grandparents, Grandparents, Parents, Aunts and Uncles would tell us stories how things were when they were growing up, how hard times were, how they lived without electricity or running water.
Never did I know while listening to those stories that one day I would find myself needing to know how they did survive those times. I am glad that I listened to what they said and also that we have elderly neighbors across the street that lived before and through the Great Depression.
We are going through difficult economic times now and many families are struggling. $$$ Many are finding themselves running out of money well before the next payday is due.
Listed below are some of the changes that we have made at our house and I will make different pages for "How to” as I have the time.
* We shop with re-usable cloth bags and allow a few plastic bags so we can use them for garbage instead of the expensive ones. I placed a small bucket in the bottom of our regular kitchen garbage can and place the store plastic bags inside the smaller can. This way our little dogs will not get into our garbage.
* We keep a rotating pantry so we do not have to rush out to buy groceries and buy in bulk what we can being careful to not overbuy so there is no waste.
* We eat our leftovers which makes us more careful about cooking smaller portions otherwise we will be eating the same food day after day.
First worm bin
Our new old recycled barrels
Installing faucets to barrels
Hoses were connected to the bottom of the barrels. The rainwater runs out into the garden.