Duane Hoffmann / msn.comWell, it looks like things might be getting better at my day job. A few days of being really short-handed and a couple of people quitting seems to have made all the difference! I have also made it known that I want to be back working with my "dogs". I know that most people would rather sit in the air-conditioning and not have make-up run down their face. They would rather have their hair stay stylish than to have it frizz and twisted up on their head.
They would rather have their padded rolling chairs than to be out in the heat scooping up poop. But that is not for me. I've had jobs like that before and I always felt like I was playing a role. I need to be true to myself, but I also need to pay my bills.
So I've decided to start "Frugal Friday!"
Every Friday I want to give a frugal tip and/or ask for frugal tips.
Or maybe I will find a Frugal Blog and talk about that.
But I hope to make it informative and REALLY helpful.
I see SO many tips like:
Stop getting Speciality Coffee on your way to work or
Get rid of Cable or
Buy in Bulk.
These are no help to ME. I don't ever get drive-through coffee and I don't have cable and I am only one person so buying in bulk isn't always the solution.
To me being frugal doesn't mean to go without the important things in life. Things like Art, Pets, Flowers.
I think it's better to buy one delicious cookie than a whole bag of funny after-taste off brand cookies.
I think it's silly to cut the pocket off of a pair of old jeans and make a handbag with a piece of discarded ribbon as the handle....
unless you are really into that style. I think it's better to haunt the garage sales or Goodwills in the "rich" neighborhoods and pick up a beautiful crafted discarded handbag for $1 or 2.
I mean REALLY, when you figure the amount of time spent making your jean bag, well..... don't you have better things to do?
Suddenly the FREE homemade bag isn't so free anymore.
And then there's price comparison deals. The other day on a morning show they were talking about bathroom scales. One was over $60. and the other one could be found at a competitors for $20! Such a deal! Or as my Dad would have said..."What kind of deal is that!?" He would have said, "What do you need a scale for? Are your jeans getting tight?"
"Then cut back on the food! What do you need to see numbers for? Look in the mirror!" Yep, my Dad was very frugal. He had nice things and he believed in buying quality items that last. He didn't hang on to much but he used everything to it's fullest.
I remember when he got new carpeting. There were left over pieces and he cut it up into smaller pieces. He lined his toolbox and his tools didn't rattle.
He lined the shelves in his work room and I came home to find he had stopped by and lined my dog's kennel with a piece. And then he discarded the the rest, he wasn't a packrat. He was a frugal tidy man who grew up in the Depression. He would use the card board roll left from a toilet paper roll and fold up his extension cords and slide them into it.
Nice and tidy. Everything in it's place and not much wasted.
I think that I rebelled from that upbringing because he got rid of so many of my things. Now I find myself hanging on to "things" and spending money on silly useless items. I think that after all these years of living paycheck to paycheck and never having enough. Always needing more money...
I think that I need to try to be even more frugal than I have been. And that's why I'm starting Frugal Friday!
So? Do YOU have a frugal tip to share?!?