mary jayne richmond wrote:hi permies, i've been looking on the internet about frugal ways of life and it all seems to be the same.... turn down your thermostat.....i don't have one of those, 2}use coupons... they never have coupons for 50 lbs of spelt berries, 3} dump your cable.... cable?? really, 4} buy the store brand its always cheaper,... so far i haven't noticed any brands on my vegies in the garden or on my sheep or chickens. so, this is the kind of stuff i've been finding... what i really need is frugality for the off grid homestead... here a few things we do 1} family cloth... 2}we cook and our hot water is with wood, or solar... 3} our electric bill is about 30 dollars a month and we have a solar electric, we wouldn't need the grid except for my husband welds,.. 4}we grow all of our own meat and most of our veggies, grain is a problem. and of course things like salt , spices, and oils are bought.... so i would like to know what other permies do to help cut costs.
Travis Johnson wrote:if you want to save tangible cash, take every $5 dollar bill you get and stuff it into a cookie jar. You will never miss those $5 bills, but boy they add up. We average about $45 a month doing this. We don't miss the money at all, yet this is me and my wife's date night money. With 4 daughters (4, 9,10,and 11) that is priceless after a few months!
mary jayne richmond wrote:Amit.. I do some weaving and spinning but haven't tried clothes yet
Erwin.. We have had bees in the past but we have been priced right out of them 125 dollars per box and being a northern climate we don't always get them through the winter. Bikes are not an option for our location.. It's 30 miles to the closest town. But I like your idea of liquor I've made rumtoph and it was wonderful