Thursday, March 5, 2009

My Thrifty Home... Economizing

I have to say, my favorite places to find home decor items are flea markets, yard sales, and thrift shops. In my opinion, old things have much more character than their new counterparts. Not to mention, you can get a much better deal on preowned treasures. Take that antique wash stand in my front entryway. I got a real steal on that piece of furniture from days gone by... picked it up a few years ago for about $100 at a charity auction.

And how about those gorgeous old iron crosses? I picked those up for a mere $5 at a local flea market.

One of my all time favorite finds is this terracotta glazed dove that graces my side (and most frequently used) door. A symbol of peace. I picked it up at the same flea market for $2.

In this day of tremendous economic uncertainty, it certainly makes sense to be thrifty and economize. I was raised with a waste not, want not philosophy instilled in me. My family had a vegetable garden every season, and I have planted my own this year. I'm grateful that my mother and grandmother taught me by their examples to be frugal and prepare for hard times.

I buy in bulk. Toilet paper, tooth paste, flour, beans, rice, and the like. Anything that we use on a regular basis and won't spoil. We've tried to cut out cases of plastic water bottles in favor of filling our own when we're on the go. The little things really add up and make a difference in the end. My pantry is stocked, and I sleep better at night knowing we are prepared. Also knowing that hard times are here.

I would love to know how you economize at home. Please leave a comment sharing ways you stretch your own family's resources.

Romans 15:13 (New International Version)

13May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

1 comment:

Ann said...

Loved your article on economy in the home. I enjoy the challenge of being frugal. I cook from fresh, look out for bargains in the supermarkets, especially the ones we get recently, they are all vying to get our custom. I love trying new recipes so we have plenty of variety in our meals.

I also buy clothes from these same supermarkets, they are so inexpensive and last well in my opinion.

Our charity shops have lots of bargains in the way of crockery and books.

We don't go out for expensive meals, I much prefer to have guests join us for a meal.

There are probably lots of ways I economise that I don't even realise I'm doing, it is so second nature to me!