You will hear a lot of people tell you that time is money and it is, sort of. See, here is the thing: If you have a job to go to it doesn’t make much sense to take a day off unpaid to make bread, rework some of your kids clothes, clip coupons etc. IF you are employed but have just enough for pay check to pay check it also makes no sense to buy a bunch of convenience items that cost a great deal of money when you can make them yourself for pennies on the dollar. As in all things in life you have to fit the things in your life that you CAN do to save money and find a balance for yourself. I remember an episode of “Everybody hates Chris” where the family is trying to cut expenses and find ways to make ends meet. The husband suggests to the wife that she give up her turtles. Not the live ones, the candy. Well those turtles were her little luxury in life that she adored and had all for herself and when she tried to give them up lets just say all hell broke loose. You know the old adage “If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”? In that family it was not worth the “price” they had to pay for giving up the turtles and they found another way to cut costs and Momma got her turtles back. Life went back to normal or at least normal for them.
You see that’s the thing life is about all things in moderation or at least that is what I believe. SO yes please do cut coupons for your family but don’t cut every coupon and buy items you never buy in order to save money. If you don’t have a place to dry your laundry on the line to save electricity maybe you can make yourself some wool dryer balls which will make your laundry dry faster and thereby save energy that way. Trade babysitting with a friend or family member who also has children so that you each get date nights every month but you don’t have to pay a babysitter. I don’t think one should go without as that will make you feel deprived, I just think you need to come up with common sense solutions for YOUR life in order to have what you need and once in awhile also have what you want.
The other consideration about being frugal, saving money and the lot is your skill level. I happen to be a pretty good cook, a fair baker (I just made some pita bread, first attempt) and can freeze and can my own harvest but maybe you don’t know how to do all of that. Don’t think you have to run out and buy every how to book in the world and learn it all by next week! That would be a daunting task for any person. For instance I have a family member who would like to learn how to sew so I said I would teach her some things IF she would teach me how to make mittens. I can knit and do quite well with basics, am fairly good with a knitting loom etc but I never quite learned to understand the knitting patterns and seem to get lost. Seems like a pretty good arrangement. Back when I learned to knit I did it from a book, these days anything you want to learn most likely has a tutorial on YouTube. Now I just have to find the time to learn how to make mittens. With the winter season hopefully rolling to a close here in NH in the coming months and the fact that I have one pair of mittens and one pair of gloves already I have decided not to take the time to learn to knit mittens at the moment. I will eventually though, I swear! When I can find the TIME!