April 21, 2012

My Secret to Saving Money . . . . .

. . . . and living a frugal life.

Here it is: Stay Home!

Yes, that is it - stay home. If you don't have a job outside of the home and you can stay home, do it.

Staying home means that you spend time on your craft. Yes, you stay home and organize, clean, bake, cook and plan, plan, plan. You have the time to hang laundry on the line and for that matter, make your own laundry soap and do the laundry. There is time for meal planning and not just thrown together meals but actual planned out meals.

Now before anyone thinks that I have lost my mind, I'm not talking about staying home 24/7. In the almost 3 years that I have been home I have been adding too many activities that are taking me away from home. It's getting a little out of hand and time to pull back.   I knew it was getting bad when I wanted to sew a dress for Easter and I couldn't even find the time to begin.  That was very frustrating.  
I also want to research and experiment with some new frugal tips. 

Time to get my priorities straight and time to get back to what I have enjoyed and that is being home and doing all the things that I do that helps us save money.

I've already begun - two loaves of whole wheat bread are in the oven. Ahhh - I love being home.


Maureen said...

Unlike you Martha my being home was not a conscious decision, so no planning went into it at all. So what I need is a little structure in my day, too much time is being wasted and I am beginning to think I may have to return to paid work. Having said that we are not experiencing any financial hardships mainly due to better financial decisions...

Tracy said...

Great post & so true! :)

Debby said...

I so agree!!!! I can't think of any place I would rather be than at home, it's not as easy at it sounds. So many things start popping up that the next thing you know your never home.

Sharon said...

I loved staying at home but I LOVE working part time too! It gets me out of the house, at least part of the time, and I'm earning social security benefits and saving money in my retirement. It's not too much, because I still have time to bake, and do some frugal stuff. (Oh how I wish I started that years ago!)

I just finished two loaves of 1/2 wheat/white bread...LOVE, LOVE, LOVE homemade food...

Phoebe said...

I love your blog, wished I lived near you in Iowa so we could be friends. You are inspiring and like I've stated previously I love how you weave your faith in your frugal life such as hospitality.
Blessings to you and your family.

Lee Ann aka Phoebe

Bernice said...

Love your posts, but do not understand why you think you cannot be frugal and still work??I am retired now,but me working gave us the opportunity to put a large downpayment on our house,me working enabled us to purchase cars without having car payments, and it afforded my Dkids to attend college without worrying about a ton of student loans,and helping our daughters with thier weddings. While your frugal may be hanging clothes out, baking bread, and sewing clothes, my frugal for 42 years was putting the money I earned into savings, and purchasing things without credit.
To your points of being frugal by staying home you say you can....
Clean/Organize your home..with working my home stayed cleaner, now I seem to get into the I have all day syndrome.
Bake..We always had homemade(from scratch) breads and desserts and we still do
Planned out Meals..Neither Dh or I like resturant food so meals now and then was never a problem I did and still plan every meal,and shop the best prices at various stores.
My laundry is always caught up, do 1 or 2 loads a day and yes on nice weekends you will see sheets and blankets, rugs etc hanging outside.
I volunteered while raising my Dkids,school, scouts, volleyball and baseball, and I still volunteer at church in the nursery, I have always found time for cross-stitching and reading.
No I am not a organized person, I always feel behind and have my priorities mixed up, But I still feel I am frugal!

Thanks for seeing my side:)

Martha said...


I think I confused the issue in this post. I meant this post to say that now that I am home, I can fill my days with so much volunteer work that I am away from home more than I need to be and therefore I can't get anything done.