Hello Dear Reader,
What are the seemingly little things you do to save money? The most expensive way to make quilts is to buy precut fabric, for example, pre cut jelly rolls. You can take a step down and buy material by the metre or yard and cut it yourself. You can buy fabric reasonably from discount fabric warehouses, or places such as Trago Mills. You can save more money again, by last minute bidding on ebay fabric sales, and I have bought some stunning fabrics, or ends of bolts for under £5 a metre, that may have cost £15 a metre at full price. You can buy fabric in charity shops and I have bought vintage 60's and 70's bedding for a few pounds and have used that for backing or to cut up to make blocks. I also use, and this is the bulk of my fabric, use recycled cotton shirts. As much as possible, I unpick them, so not to waste the seams. I don't unpick the button hole section as it's just too fiddly but I don't like to waste any of the shirt. I cut them down into ribbons and then use them to tie my fabric bundles.
It's the little things that all add up. Here are some of the little things, which seem pointless as individual acts but add up. Here's just a few of them
....break down pallets for kindling and firewood,buy green wood and season it ourselves, keep a bowl in the sink and flush the loo with the water we've washed our hands with, re-use foil, re-use bread bags, one tea bag makes two mugs of tea, we have timed showers, close the curtains in the winter, as soon as we get home, heat one room and not the whole house, go to bed early............nothing better than close company to keep warm, put a jumper on and not the heating, measure one mug into the kettle, we don't heat the water....just a kettle when we need any, don't wash clothes unless they are actually dirty or smell, dry with the same towel over the bannister and use it all week, turn all the lights off except for the room we're in, nothing on standby, plastic bottles full of frozen water in the freezer.....it helps keep it at frozen temp and saves energy, always take a packed lunch, always take our own coffee to work, menu plan, make a meal planned shopping list..................as I said, just a few.
Now I see this as simple old fashioned thrift, I don't see this as penny pinching or being miserly, just being a careful steward of our resources and shared income. Over to you Dear Reader, what old fashioned thrifty things do you do or would you like start doing really soon? They are little things on their own, but together, they all add up to substantial savings which can be: debt payments, mortgage capital reduction, saving for your children's future or if you've done or you're doing those things, then items such as a new car or annual holiday. What little things do you do, or will you do, that make a difference?
Love Froogs xxxxx