Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Frugal Thoughts

     It occurs to me that one of the very most important things that a homemaker needs to do is to wisely manage the finances of her home.  Today's economy makes that even more important--even crucial.  They say we are now in an economic "Recovery."  If you believe that you must have graduated from the same insane asylum that "they" did.  We are more likely in a Depression.  There are now 8.5 MILLION less people with jobs in America than there were four years ago, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.  And the bad news is, it's going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better, with the inmates running the asylum in Washington.

     But the Good News is this--you can opt out of the way most folks live and choose to live much more wisely, sanely, and frugally. As Samuel Goldwyn once said, "Include me out." We can choose NOT to participate in the world's economy.

    Step number one in our quest for frugality is to stop the spending.  Or as Rick Santelli famously ranted, "Stop spending, stop spending, stop spending, STOP SPENDING!"  No longer do I shop for entertainment, or to satisfy my boredom, or to meet friends and just walk around.  I have met the enemy, and the enemy is Me! I should start a Spenders Anonymous club where I can join everyone like me in admitting, "I am addicted to Spending.  I am powerless to stop myself.  I must stay out of stores!" 

    Step Two? Make my own home financially sound. Spend less than we earn.  Spend more wisely.  Waste Less.  Be satisfied with what I have. (Even better, be Thankful for what I have!) And make what I already have last longer.  Towards that end, I am going to start posting my latest frugal efforts, no matter how seemingly small or insignificant, on Fridays.  Because "A penny saved is a penny earned," and I'd rather see that penny in my pocket than  wasted. 

 I hope you, my friend, will help me out by leaving a comment about what you, too, have done to "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without." 

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