I like being Thrifty. I like seeing what bargains I can squeeze value out of, like seeing things that might be thrown out have extra life. It's also Environmentally Friendly. It's all the rage. Everyone should do it.
I've noticed that Campbell Live has been doing a lot of features on ways to save money in these expensive economic times, but none of them have really helped us as we're already doing them. We don't have a vege garden yet, but I am going to get around to doing something about that. Soon, I hope.
Anyway, here's what we do to make every little help:
- Breastfeeding - far cheaper than lining the pockets of formula producers.
- Learning to sew - so that I can alter or make my own clothes, bought second hand usually. Will come in handy as Harper grows and will be able to make own sheets, duvet covers etc, take up trousers, make blankets go a second round.
- Saving on baby consumables - breasts pads in particular cost a fortune. Now I have a sewing machine I am going to make my own washable ones. Even though they are *so handy*, I may start phasing out the baby wipes too. If we didn't have at least 140,967 bibs then I would probably make my own of those too.
- Turning things off at the wall - I don't know how much this saves a year, but apparently it makes a difference, and makes me happy.
- Making cards and presents - At over $5 a pop, who has the cash to buy cards? And who wouldn't want a pair of slightly wonky mittens for their birthday?
- Buying up large on veges and fruit to preserve - this is coming back in style I reckon. I'm a big fan of beetroot, so am going to get them cheap at the markets and pickle them myself. And when tomatoes are back in season I may make vats of passata and my favourite tomato and red pepper soup a la Jamie Oliver. Yum.
- The Library - getting DVDs from the library is way cheaper than from a video shop, especially if you have a community services card.
- Health services - we are members of the Newtown Union Health Service because we're *poor* and it only costs a tenner to see a doctor there.
I read a book last year called The Good Life, in which a family living in Queensland attempted to live off their land for a year. They made pot scrubbers out of loofahs that they grew themselves. They are my Thrifty heroes.
I will occasionally allow myself a wee luxury - I'm currently on the hunt for some winter boots but I rarely get to town to look at such things, so that will probably wait till next year. When I am back on the dairy I am going to have a blue cheese orgy, and I have a continuing love affair with Saturday brunch...