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Frugalness and Debt

March 12th, 2012 at 11:30 am

I have made peace with the fact that I have debt, although I will not be a slave to my debt. It is gonna take some time to get back out of debt. My debt came to me because I had four loved ones who died within a very short period of time from each other, my children's dad, my dad, my mother and my mother-in-law. And, even though we sold off what we could from their estates to pay their funeral costs, there were other incurred expenses, like my Mother's hospice from the last three weeks of her life, my Dad's headstone, and not to mention my own scrape with death from an unknown allergic reaction to sulfates costing me $5,000 in doctor/hospital bills.

Then, things started to break down. Stuff that I had already put big money into, my well, my furnace, the car, etc., so, yes, it has been a juggling act for quite a few years. I had no debt prior to all of the tragedies stated above.

Even though I have always been frugal, I believe I can take this to a whole new level. I am gonna be starting some new series here that will follow those journeys. For instance.

*Freezer Swap. I really love this idea and I am going to try to get a group together to see if this is something feasible. It gives you an idea here as to how to do one, along with Once A Month Cooking on organic items I find on sale. For example, bag of potatoes - possibly make twice baked and freeze.


*Every year I grow some of our own food, but this year, I am going to do more. More canning and freezing. I haven't been putting up enough to get me through until the next harvest time. That means more jam, freezing corn, making and freezing spaghetti and mostaccioli sauce, freezing more fruits (peaches, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.) for baking. Making applesauce from my heirloom apple tree that doesn't produce good eating apples, but good enough for applesauce. I have so much in mind.

*Possibly more couponing. The problem with couponing is I usually only buy organic, not boxed or pre-made food, so coupons are slim pickins.

*Getting some chickens for eggs, which in turn will eat my scraps, along with some worms, which eat the scraps that chickens don't.

*Thinking about honeybees. Even though I do have a honey supplier close by the area. Bees are just good for the gardens also.

*Using more local resources for items I cannot grow enough of on my own.

*Doing more of my crafts and selling them in craft consignment stores. I just recently took some stuff to one of them and made money on my stuff. So, I will be expanding in this area. I will talk more about this in another post.

These are just a few ideas, but I am starting today by making some strawberry jam, because we are out.

4 Responses to “Frugalness and Debt”

  1. laura Says:

    A good attitude goes a long way! I like all your resourcefulness. Good ideas!

  2. PauletteGoddard Says:

    Peacefulness and acceptance are gifts. I like your attitude.

  3. PatientSaver Says:

    You have an ambitious and admirable list of goals. I also plan to do more with my garden. This past winter, for the first time, my frozen tomatoes lasted the entire season. I have 2 more 2-cup batches left, and one of them is dethawing now.

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    It sounds like you have some good ideas.

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