Happy New Year dear friends!
Last year was a year of challenges for us, and definitely was a stretching of the budget! As things are continuing on into this new year, I am trying to be even more careful and find ways to stretch our finances, and yet to have the Lord grow in me a generous and giving heart. It’s time for me to be more creative! I have spent some time reading the chapter on Economy In The Home ~ in an old book published in 1884 called “The Complete Home: An Encyclopedia Of Domestic Life And Affairs”.
“Practise economy as a Fine Art: make a duty and a pleasure of it…economy is a high Christian duty, that nothing be lost”.
Here are some of the ways I am thinking that I can try to economize this year:
♥Making do as much as possible ~ creativity in using what I have
♥Being diligent on meal planning ~ Crystal at The Family Homestead has a pretty monthly meal planning calendar that can be found here
♥Being quick to use up leftovers so that nothing is wasted
♥Drying clothes by the woodstove ~ Bill suggested getting this clothes rack out of the garage and using it to hang clothes to dry. No sooner did we get it out and had things drying when they issued a burn ban on our county! 😦 But it sounds like that may be over by Wednesday. 🙂 I am wanting to try dipping beeswax candles and I think it would make a perfect drying rack for that too!
♥Remembering to turn off lights in rooms that are not being used
♥Taking shorter showers & conserving water in general
♥Experiment with having some “reduced electricity nights” where we’ll use candlelight and maybe have some hot chocolate or tea with water heated on the woodstove
♥Planning trips more carefully to conserve gas
♥Making more homemade gifts & trying to be more purposeful in my gift giving ~ giving things that are useful & hopefully don’t become clutter for someone else ~ I guess I am wanting to simplify my gifts but still be a giver!
♥Making as many things at home as I can ~ last year was the first time in all my homemaking years that I have had success in making my own homemade broth ~ 🙂 I have made laundry soap, deodorant, lotion, and lip balm now; and homemade flour tortillas are one of our favorites!
♥Learning new skills & practicing some that need refreshing (like my crocheting) ~ things that could be used for gift giving possibilities
♥Dispose of disposables as much as possible. I did make some homemade handkerchiefs out of flannel I had on hand and they are wonderful ~ well, at least some of our family thinks so! I should have made them when our kids were small and they wouldn’t know anything else! 🙂
♥Continue on with using natural cleaning recipes ~ baking soda and vinegar are wonderful!
♥Being thoughtful and prayerful in spending and trying to consume less
♥Being content and enjoying simple pleasures fully♥
♥Doing it all with a joyful heart!
Do you have any thrifty tips to share?
May His blessings rest upon each of your homes this year!