Avoid eating out or using expensive convenience foods very often.
When running errands, bring food and drinks with you in an insulated bag.
Cancel subscriptions which encourage a materialistic lifestyle.
Make your own gifts, greeting cards, decorations, and entertainment.
Cut your children’s hair and learn how to repair clothing and household items.
To save on labor costs, ask friends to help with big projects or barter your skills.
Use garage sales and consignment stores to buy and sell.
Organize your home to avoid replacing lost items.
Borrow seldom used items.
Shop around! If you take your time, you can usually find the best deal.
Alert friends to your upcoming purchases so they can keep an eye out.
- Choose items which are versatile enough for many purposes and seasons.
|Brown paper squares|
|Folded up to make levelers|
I use a rolling ice chest as my book cart to tote my English class materials to our home school co-op on Mondays. Unfortunately, the padded nylon cover ripped and was falling off. I also had a shirt that was stained near the neckline, so I cut the shirt just below the arms and slipped the tube of fabric over the book cart as a new cover. I tucked the top edge over a piece of elastic cord tied around the cart. The bottom of the shirt was already hemmed. Then I made a front sign by printing my name on yellow card stock, attaching a post card, slipping it into a plastic page protector, and attaching it to the fabric with safety pins. It’s still not all that pretty, but better than it was! It’s a way to use something for a different purpose than its original design, as well as repair something that can still be used.
|Tucking fabric into elastic|
|What Do You Stand For?
Some of the character qualities:
empathy, honesty, purpose,
wisdom, courage, cooperation…
I bought this card at the
U.S. Holocaust Museum.
It communicates what
I want to teach.
|Against the Tide by Miroslav Volf
and Embracing the Love of God
by James Bryan Smith
|Add to the Beauty
by Sara Groves
Another of my daughters, after reading my blog post in which I mentioned a quote I had seen about books, hired my friend Taraleigh Davis of Inspired. Simply. Etsy (see also on FB at Inspired. Simply) to design this print with it. My photo doesn’t do it justice at all. I’m sure you could order the same one from her if you like it, or tell her what you want on yours. She does custom orders!
|Boneless beef ribs|
As a little bonus to this blog post, a song from the CD I just got:
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