Photo of the day: a young Coopers Hawk in my front yard. Spectacular!
In no order, several fabulously frugal things this week:
- Kept groceries well under the $100 per week budget
- Again resisted temptation to buy scrapbooking stuff
- Found good used cleats for the boys' sports for $10 a pair
- Found a good used baseball glove for me to practice with for $10
- Booked a frugal weekend camping trip with friends...just $29 a night
- Again, eating out too much. Our family crisis has us turning to comfort food, which has to stop. The good thing is I think we've come to a decision about husband's employment. In the meantime we have firmly decided that after tomorrow (we are meeting family from out of town at a restaurant) our eating out is over for a while.
- I lost my saved seeds. A large bag of seeds I'd saved has completely gone missing. I think I may have actually thrown it all out because I was thinking a lot of them were more than a couple years old. I won't actually call this a true fail though because I do not have enough garden space to take chances with older seeds. However it does speak to the need of greater organization.
Goals in the upcoming week include:
- Eating at home
- Avoiding any further purchases until after March 1st
- Making interesting meals at home
- Planting the spring garden (seeds arrived today!)
- Doing a little scrapbooking using what I have
- Doing some photography with my real camera
- Doing some art with the kids
Something I thought about this week
We have to put our values first. "Thrift" or "frugality" are simply means to an end. No one's going to give me a cookie or a gold star for being a frugal person. We save money not to be miserly but to have resources for when we need them. The things I value are providing a comfortable home for my family, getting my kids a good education and being able to spend time together, engaged in more "authentic" activities like being outdoors or enjoying slow food or doing creative things. I see value in paying off our mortgage early because no matter what happens to the economy, if I own my property outright, it will always benefit my family. I see value in encouraging the boys to making something instead of tuning out with a video game. I see value in practicing daily gratitude for all that I have rather than buying something new to add to the pile. I see value in learning to fix things and use them well over replacing. I see value in encouraging the boys' interest in sports, scouting and music, over teaching them to be consumers. Sometimes I need to step back and clarify for myself how it all works together. If I'm just scrimping for the sake of scrimping, I feel deprived. If I'm being careful with money for a goal or purpose, I feel empowered.
Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!