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TAG : Frugality

Dump Your Tissue Box for Handkerchiefs

I have a habit I know many people think is gross, but I’m hooked. I admit it: I use hankies. I haven’t used Kleenex in more than 20 years. I am a little self-conscious about it. Sometimes I wonder what people think when I whip a handkerchief out of my pocket, unfold it and blow away, then ...

Making Unpaper Towels

I try not to use paper towels for environmental reasons and also because I don’t like paying for them. I know they are inexpensive, but we try to be frugal as much as possible. Sometimes you do need something to wipe up with in the kitchen, so when I came across the idea of making un-paper ...

Drying Time

One of the first things we did when we moved into our urban homestead was put up a clothesline. We have a semi-shaded backyard, but it does get enough sun to dry our clothes, especially in the summer. We’ve learned that clotheslines are considered a thing of the past. Although it is in our ...

Simple Ways to Stash Some Cash

There are as many reasons to be frugal as there are ways to go about it. Whether you want to help the environment, de-clutter your life, save for retirement, or just cut back out of sheer necessity, it all amounts to the same thing. Henry David Thoreau might have said it best, “Simplify, ...

Frugal Kitchen Adventures With a Limoncello Cake

Mom remembers drinking chokecherry juice and gooseberry juice at breakfast when she was growing up. Reason being that oranges didn’t grow in upstate New York, so orange juice was not on the menu at her house. Even though it meant some awfully tart (and not very tasty!) juice to start the ...

Frugality in the Garden With a DIY Compost Bin

I’m pretty sure Grandma and Grandpa never heard the word “repurpose” but the idea behind repurposing was certainly central to their way of life. Having lived through the Great Depression, the phrase, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without,” was a household aphorism.I ...