• Frugality,  Recycling,  Simplicity

    The Importance of Ingenuity

    As I repaired my mother’s quilt, it became obvious that I would have to re-quilt it. The thread she had used to quilt it initially had disintegrated in places; to skip that step would defeat the entire purpose of repairing it. I had a problem with completing that task. In order to quickly quilt it, I needed to use the…

  • Decorating,  Frugality,  Recycling,  Simplicity

    The 40 Year Old Quilt

    I didn’t even know my mother was working on a quilt back then, but one day I arrived home from school to discover it upon my bed. It was her very first quilt, and she’d made it for me. I’ve cherished that quilt over the years. Even as it became tattered, I kept it. Eventually the holes from where I’d…

  • Finances,  Frugality,  Recycling

    The Stitch Rebellion

    As our governor began to list the dead yesterday evening, chants from the protestors outside drowned him out. He sighed, explained that this wasn’t about popularity. He would save as many lives as he could save, despite the protestors campaigning for him to let people die by reopening our economy. It reminded me of a parable I read in the…

  • Frugality,  Minimalism,  Recycling,  Simplicity

    Has Consumerism Tainted Minimalism?

    Minimalism is the act of eliminating the unimportant in order to make room for what is important. That seems simple enough at first glance. However, a deeper look at the subject reveals that there may be a darker force at play. From The Minimalists to Marie Kondo we receive advice to throw out or donate our old stuff. It doesn’t…

  • Recycling,  Simplicity

    When Older is Better

    I took the opportunity to visit the computing section of a major store yesterday. Reader John had posted on Facebook about how laptops have gotten to the point where not even the keyboards are easily replaceable so I wanted to confirm his complaint. To my dismay, every single laptop offered for sale was designed in a way to make replacing…

  • Finances,  Frugality,  Recycling

    The Art of Building Wealth

    The average person has been led to believe a lie. The average person has been taught that wealthy people can be identified by the clothes they wear, the foods they eat, the home they own, and the cars they drive. They have been taught that the ones with the most expensive wardrobes, homes, and wardrobes are the wealthiest. To quote…

  • Inspiration,  Personal,  Recycling

    The Story of a Failure

    Back when I was in fourth grade we lived within walking distance to my grandparent’s house. Every time I would see one of my uncles or aunts arrive for a visit I would race there in excitement. I loved visiting with my relatives. One of those visits is indelibly imprinted on my brain. I can’t recall the exact details; I…

  • Freebies,  Frugality,  Recycling,  Simplicity

    The Beauty of Old Things

    Several months ago my daughter surprised me with an odd request. She had noted that many of her friends and family were giving away their collections of old vinyl albums; could I help her select a record player so that she could play them? While I am aware that vinyl is making a comeback, the last thing I expected was…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism,  Recycling,  Simplicity

    It’s Okay to Own Things

    It’s become fashionable to throw things away. Out with the old, to make room for the new. There are even groups out there that will help you get rid of your things and encourage you to eliminate as much of your stuff as you want. I know. I was one of them. In time I realized that the Minimalist movement…

  • Frugality,  Recycling

    The Improvised Pitcher

    The other day a friend of mine passed along three bottles of concentrated Cranberry Juice cocktail. I hadn’t had any in ages so I dug through my cabinets in search of something small enough to mix it in that would fit in my refrigerator. To my dismay I didn’t have anything. The only pitcher I had was a bit too…

  • Food,  Frugality,  Holidays,  Recycling

    How to Eat Your Christmas Tree

    Okay, folks, time to recycle that tall piece of greenery you have stuck in the corner of your living room. While most of us just toss it out with the trash, did you know that you could actually eat it? I’m serious, you really can. I’ve known for a while that you can actually eat pine trees. In fact, you should…

  • Recycling

    Shingles Made of Recycled Tires

    I recently found a web page where a creative frugalista used old race care tires instead of shingles on a roof and my inner cheapskate fell in love. I’m not exactly sure where you would get old race car tires but I still wanted to share this. Some of you might be able to figure out a way to use…

  • Decluttering,  Frugality,  Recycling,  Simplicity

    Freecycle

    Somewhere, near or far, there exists a Freecycle group just for you. Don’t believe me? Go to freecycle.org to see! Freecycle is a wonderful way to find good homes for things that you no longer need or use. Why worry about what to do with that whatsit or how to haul it to a landfill? Give it away and let someone get…