I love to read. If I could find the time to curl up with one good book after another, sipping green tea under my ragged quilt, forever and ever, I would.
Back to reality…but despite my busy life as mom to 9, I constantly strive to feed my soul and mind with good books. You will rarely find me without a book in my purse, or on the front seat of my van. Waiting to pick up a child, being held up in traffic or the anticipation of an unfilled prescription are welcomed delays that allow me to grab my book and savor a few pages.
My family doctor turned me on to Matthew Kelly books and I’ve been gobbling them up! “The Rhythm of Life” is in my hands frequently, and while I would love to do a full-blown review of this book, I will try to resist and just pull out the point I am leading to. Throughout the book, Kelly refers to becoming ‘the best version of yourself’. This applies to so much of life, but it got me thinking about how to become ‘the best version of my money-saving self’.
What kinds of money-saving methods do I find enjoyable? What others do I find a real drag? I think this is a legitimate question as we strive to be the best stewards of God’s money that we can be. I will experience more longevity and be able to both demonstrate and model these habits to my children.
I tend to be more of a minimalist than a frugalist. In other words, I will try to look for a way to do without an item rather than look for ways to buy it cheaper.
*Detergent is a big one for me….I would much rather make my own laundry detergent, with 3 simple ingredients, that yields 10 gallons for $3 than to cut coupons and look for sales for this particular item.
*Shampoos/conditioners/deoderants/dish soaps – These all fall in the category for me. Rather than look for coupons for name brands, I have found a couple of brands that are generally cheaper overall and stick with them. For example, we use V05 shampoos, usually about .78 cents, sometimes on sale for .66 cents. I remain unconvinced, after many years of coloring my hair, that I need any special shampoo. I can hear my daughter screaming from Spain about now, but I’m sorry my dear, any effect you see from that expensive stuff you buy is just placebo. Love ya!!
*You will find absolutely NO knick-knacks in my house. Knick-knacks are cool for some, frankly, they get on my nerves and require cleaning. I prefer a clean, streamlined approach with fewer, quality pieces that will last for many years. I would rather update with a few pillows or a new lamp, when necessary.
*Broken record here, but again a few good choices of meat, fruits and vegetables make a lot of hearty, satisfying meals for my fam. Widespread meal variety isn’t required at the Morristribe.
*Cookware is another area where women get hung up, especially storage stuff. I have a minimal amount of stainless-steel cookware, a half-dozen or so casserole dishes and a handful of storage pieces. for the most part, no more is necessary. I can’t stand the feeling of looking for a bowl or pan and having to rummage through stacks and stacks of inventory. I know exactly what I need to cook for my tribe, when it’s used up, I’ll replace it. Otherwise, less is more.
*Minimal cookbooks: When I feel that I have found all the recipes I will use from any given cookbook, I make copies and pass the cookbook along. Then, if the recipes meet the approval of the Tribe, they make it into my personal, 3-ring cookbook. No clutter!
*I have very few clothes and I like it that way. I have a decent selection of colored t-shirts and capris for summer, some for ‘around the house’, others for ‘out of the house’, but that’s about it. Minimal PJ’s, yet a handful of bathing suit separates, since we spend so much time there. I also have shoes for ‘out’ and shoes for ‘home’, which is really just 5 pairs of ratty flip-flops and 5 pairs that aren’t so ratty. LOL!
*Jewelry? Well, once again, I have a few, good quality pieces that I wear often. I don’t have a lot of patience for millions of earrings, etc, although I do have a few ‘fancier’ pair for when the occasion calls.
*Hair- I wear a short bob that requires only to be blown dry in the morning and ‘nuked’ with bleach every 6 weeks. I generally don’t touch my hair again, other than to tuck it behind my ears, until I wash it the next day. A simple style for what my hair does best….hang totally straight.
Which describes you best, minimalist or frugalist?? Do you enjoy the hunt of a good deal or would you rather live without it?
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