|Diner-style pancakes from scratch. Recipe HERE.|
"More than ever before, we need to learn and apply the principles of economic self-reliance. We do not know when the crisis involving sickness or unemployment may affect our own circumstances. We do know that the Lord has decreed global calamities for the future and has warned and forewarned us to be prepared." (President Ezra Taft Benson)
I think there are so many calamities going on all over that maybe we should heed this statement by President Benson. Living within our means is so important especially now. There is more need. Are you in a position to help those in need?
I continue to suggest picking up something for your storage every time you go into a store. If you cannot afford to do this try to do more budget meals and using what you save to build your storage.
Please do not go into further debt, instead work hard getting out of debt.
Try to learn to be content with what you have. Also, learn to stretch what you have. One always thinks when they retire life will be easy, not so! You will be living on a fixed income in an unfixed world.
Here are a few things that help me - I buy in bulk when I can which means 25 lb bags of flour. If you are not doing this you might consider it. Here is how I do it… I get buckets from the bakery in my local grocery store. I get them free. I wash them well and then dry them very well. Then I let the bucket air dry overnight to be sure they are totally dry. Then I pour the 25 lb bag of flour in and on top I place two bay leaves. Then I label and date the lid. The bay leaves keep from getting bugs in the flour. The label tells me what it is and the date which makes it easy to rotate using the oldest one first.
I make bread and rolls and cookies and cakes, muffins, coffee cakes, pancakes and waffles... I think you see if you make from scratch you use flour a lot. I also store whole wheat berries the same way as the flour. I only grind the wheat when I need, it is the only difference.
I glean apples every year I can.
I also can everything I get my hands on - this saves lots of money.
I dehydrate fruits and veggies. When I have one or two pieces of celery or a handful of carrots I dehydrate them. This drying things has saved us a lot.
This brings me to vacuum sealing. This is huge at saving us money. I vacuum seal things I dehydrate. I vacuum seal chocolate chips to last years. I use it so much I keep it on the counter ready to go all the time. I vacuum seal nuts to make them last. Dry things not wet things.
The key thing is when you do things yourself it saves money. So it may take elbow grease and skill building but they're good skills to have.
We had a used dresser given to us that was not in great shape. We cut it down which meant taking a lot of it apart. Then we made it into this bathroom sink. We used front of drawers to open into a cupboard door but closed it looks like drawers.
Being frugal means spending less it serves us well. Sometimes we have to be really frugal we use what we put up if we are blessed with a little more we stock things needed ahead like two bags of flour etc this helps to smooth the harder times.
So what skills you learn now will help you all your life.
https://www.fastweb.com/student-life/articles/basic-life-skills-you-should-know this might give you some ideas for teaching your kids.
https://acultivatednest.com/homemaking-skills-to-learn-to-make-your-life-easier/ here are a few things you might want to pick from to work on
https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-create-a-frugal-budget-1388523 this has ideas to help you with a budget
http://theparsimoniousprincess.blogspot.com/2013/01/100-more-painless-ways-to-live-frugally_31.html has maybe some thing you never thought of
https://www.frugalwoods.com/2016/01/04/make-a-new-years-resolution-for-just-one-month/ - more ideas here.
Sometimes we think we cannot manage without ___? But I have found out you can really live without whatever thing you thought you couldn't before. We really can…
Cooking from scratch really is a huge thing. I know I keep saying it but I wouldn’t if it wasn’t.
https://www.thebalance.com/learn-how-to-cook-everything-from-scratch-1388352 - has some good things here.
http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/ - this gal has a terrific site with frugal ideas in the kitchen.
What frugal things are you doing?