Thursday, September 9, 2021

Throwback Thursday


When it comes to our finances we need to get the most out of our money. We do this when we buy second hand items, go to yard sales, thrift stores, accept hand me downs, Freecycle/Craigslist, barter and swap. We don't go into debt to buy things to keep up with people (and with a teenager in high school, I can attest to the fact that they really feel the pressure to keep up). We simply do without those things that are beyond our financial reach. I would rather do without those things than have the added stress of paying for them later. 

I am fortunate to have learned/taught myself more skills over the last few years, so that we've been able to stretch our resources as far as possible even as we continue to hone our budgeting skills further.   We should never stop learning or trying how to do things better and more inexpensively. 

We make our own fabric softener, make do and mend clothing, grow some of our vegetables, preserve food, cook from scratch to sufficiently meet our needs. Whatever money I can save by making or doing it myself is money I can spend on necessities like food, insurance, car repairs, etc.  

We need to teach others these things as well and make sure no one is left behind. We especially need to teach these things to our children, so they don't make the same mistakes we made. My daughter experiences some of the same sticker shock that Amy D. wrote about her children experiencing. She helps me in so many ways with couponing, looking for bargains at yard sales, and she isn't even afraid to ask if the seller will take less for an item either.  I just love that about her. :)

Belinda
~ Living within our Means ~
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10 comments :

  1. Your daughter has had had a good role model.
    Some things we just have to buck up and pay - no way around it. Sometimes we can get them lowered.
    It sure does pay to know how to save else where, cause sometimes we just need to enjoy life a little!

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl. You are so sweet. And I agree it does help us to save elsewhere so we can pay some other things. And we do need to live a little in the process!

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  2. Yes, it's wonderful that you are a talented homemaker and able to pass along the skills to your daughter. They do not teach Home Economics in high school any longer, no learning to sew and mend or even sewing a button on, these kids are doomed !
    Less is more...I agree with you.
    Hope you are enjoying these last days of summer, fall is in the air.
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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    1. Thank you, Jo. Yes, Home Ec is either no longer taught or very little. There is one cooking class at the high school where I sub and they make 2 things each semester, which is so sad. I took four years of sewing in high school and loved it all.

      We are enjoying the last of summer and can already feel fall in the air. This is my favorite time of year. I hope you are enjoying it too.

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  3. You are blessed with such a daughter. I love that my daughters are good at some of these things.

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    1. I’m glad your daughters are too, Kim. They are such a blessings as I’m sure sons are too.

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  4. Bailey is a gem! My older kids learned this quite well, and now my youngest is. ou are right-we should never stop learning. and while life changes, there is never a reason to waste money and not get th emost out of our hard work, even if the most is to donate more than we might otherwise be able to do-cash, food shelf donations, and of course what there is never more of, our time.

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  5. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree...sounds like your girl learned from the best! Great job!

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  6. Thank you, Kathy. You are so sweet to say that.

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