I'd have to say being "thrifty" is like enjoying something for what it is at its real value. There's something very special about getting something for free or very cheap. You feel an accomplishment for being able to get it for less. Also, it's always good to be able to give the same as you get. Virtuous circles help EVERYBODY!
Thrifty, to me, means seeing the value in things - not much qualifies as "garbage" to me! What can't be eaten, reused, recycled, or repurposed can often be composted, for instance. I also make a lot of things for myself that other people buy - like a soda and salt tooth powder, and a face wash of aloe, green tea, calendula (which I grow myself) and honey. And I rarely buy clothes - my friends and I pass bags of clothes along to one another, take what we like, and pass along the rest!
Joy ... love the concept of "virtuous circles". Thanks for sharing! btw, your post reminded me of the following quote by J.O. Engleman, “To earn what you can; spend what you must; give what you should, and save the rest—this is thrift.” -- Jan
Lori ... love your comment and the mindset/practice of not much qualifying as "garbage". Also love the practice you and your friends have of passing bags of clothes on to each other -- how thrifty and fun!btw, if you'd like to share some of your homemade body care product recipes with our readers in the Owl Creek Gazette, please send them our way... we'd love to include them in the magazine! -- Jan
Being thrifty is something my parents and grandparents instilled in me at a young age. I can hear them now saying, "If you don't have enough money in your pocket to buy it, you don't need it."I don't use credit cards or buy on credit even today. I'm debt free. I don't have a lot of garden space but I have a friend who has 7 acres. We have a sort of family/friend community garden that has grown in size these past two years. I am teaching these two bachelors how to can and freeze what we grow. I'm sure that next year we will have more ground tilled up and be planting around 4 acres.
Rose ... debt free is good and I love the idea and practice of a family/friend community garden and making use of the acreage your friend has available! That shared gardening approach reminded me of an article we included in our December 2011 issue titled "Preparing for Your Passion and Making a Living in the Process". In the article, we mentioned the old practice of “Truck Patch Gardening” as follows: "He saw first hand the importance of utilizing available land for gardening ... whether it be putting in a garden in your own back yard or on other local parcels of land not being used for anything else; being a “Truck Patch Gardener” as it was referred to -- planting, tending to, and harvesting vegetables on several plots of land.” BTW, if you're interested, you can read the complete article online in our December issue via this blog's Archived Issue page. -- Jan Note: This post is a repost of a comment I had posted, then deleted, as the original post had some strange spacing problems which made it difficult to read.
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