Without much of a preamble, let’s get straight into the reading for today. I love the article Amy wrote on Selective Squeamishness. Here we go.
PAGE 106 – CHEAP SLEEPS
Amy talks about finding cheap places to sleep on a vacation. For her family of 8 they have no desire to go on a long trip and if they did, they have relatives that have told they would be happy to host them.
Amy gave some options for cheap travel lodging.
I’m going out on a limb here with Amy’s article as I have no idea if all of these options are still available.
1. College Dorms – Most rooms are empty during the summer.
2. YMCA Lodging.
4. Vacation Home Exchange
We stay at hotels on vacation and we get discounts through AARP or AAA. We check to make sure we are getting a good deal on the room and we always make sure we are getting free breakfast and coffee. At breakfast I always take a banana or apple along with a bagel for a snack during the day.
When we were first married our vacations involved travelling to visit family, (my parents or my in laws) so we stayed in their homes. Other times we would tent camp.
My advice is to do some research. One time we were going to rent a cabin but found out that a hotel room each night was cheaper than the cabin. That was fine with me as there is one thing I don’t like to do when we are taking a vacation break, and that is cook and clean.
PAGE 110 – THE FEMME FRUGAL
Amy wrote in this article about saving money on sanitary products by purchasing a reusable rubber cup called the “Keeper” to replace tampons. She and her female staff members tried it and liked it. They saved money and kept more garbage from the landfill. This rubber cup comes in two sizes – before childbirth and after childbirth.
Amy also suggested that if you didn’t like this idea, but needed to save money and also wanted to keep more garbage out of the landfill, you could make your own sanitary napkins.
I am coming to the point in my life that I hope that I won’t need these products much longer. Yea!!!!! So, I would not invest in a rubber cup to replace tampons. However, for a light day, I have definitely thought about making my own sanitary pads.
Here is the “Keeper” at Amazon.
And here is another version called the “Diva.”
PAGE 112 – THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING GROCERIES
Amy wrote an article about how manufacturers’ are shrinking package sizes. And it is still going on today. It makes you wonder if pretty soon there won’t be anything in those packages at the store.
Amy reminds us to use unit pricing to compare prices from brand to brand.
PAGE 114 – CARPET TACTIC
Call carpet stores for carpet samples. You can use them in cars, bathrooms, doorways or cut to fit benches or chairs. When I was in college I bought a bunch of these carpet samples for about 10 cents each. I think I spent around $4.00 for 40 of them and used duct tape on the back to “attach” them. The end result was a huge area rug that went in my dorm room over the cold tile floor. When I left college I sold it to an underclassman.
PAGE 114 – SELECTIVE SQUEAMISHNESS
When one of her children didn’t finish an apple, Amy would put it in the fridge and then make a personalized microwave apple crisp for that child later on. When she shared this with a neighbor, the neighbor responded with “I wouldn’t put her germy apple back in the refrigerator!” Amy wondered if this woman ever kissed her child if she was afraid of germs.
Amy termed this Selective Squeamishness. When she was on the “Phil Donahue Show” Amy shared that she would take a cookie with a burned bottom and scrape off the burnt area so it could be eaten. The audience responded with “Eeeew.” My grandmother would do this with toast if it got burnt and then she would butter it and hand it to us. We didn’t think anything of it. Makes you wonder if these people would have ever made it through the Depression.
On the same show Amy explained how you could take the jam that remains in the bottom of a jar and warm it, add milk to the jar and shake it and then freeze it for a popsicle. The audience groaned.
I remember watching this show that day. I had just bought her first book and I was excited to listen to the interview. I was shocked at how the audience reacted to her, but I do remember something Phil Donahue said at the end of the show. He told the audience something to the effect of yeah, you may disagree with Amy and think she is different, but I bet you don’t have your house paid off and a lot of money in the bank like she does.
“People have expressed squeamishness over my practice of making soup from leftovers, yet if the same soup had been assembled from virgin ingredients, they would regard it as good home cooking.”
Some people would never wear garage sale clothes because they feel that they are germy. However they will try on brand new clothes in a store that have probably been tried on by other people.
Germs are unavoidable in our lives. We can get them from telephones, eating in restaurants, on door handles and kitchen counters.
“The things that we regard as odd or germy are often unique to our culture.”
“So . . . next time an idea about saving money seems gross to you, consider whether you are merely being selective, and whether you accept a similar activity as okay. In other words, think before you squeam.”
For tomorrow read pages 117 through 127.