Saturday, February 25, 2012

FRUGAL, NOT CHEAP: There Is A Big Difference!

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You might find your life's destination better if you remember
THE ART IS NOT MAKING MONEY, IT'S KEEPING IT

HE WHO DOES NOT ECONOMIZE WILL HAVE TO AGONIZE - Confucius


Benjamin Franklin was also "Poor Richard" but Benjamin Franklin was not poor!

"A penny saved is a penny earned"

"Beware of little expenses,
Small leaks sinks great ships!"

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WAS FRUGAL!




Most people confuse frugality with being tight with money and self denial.  It is neither of those things.  Although I am careful with money, I deny myself little that I truly want.  The truth of the matter is, being frugal is more about s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g your dollar as far as it will go!  I am truly blessed with a good wife who is a genius at stretching the dollar like the lady in this picture. 

When I recently complained about the increase in the cost of cole slaw mix, she reassured me that she would get the veggies we needed at the right price.  Tonight she did!




Out-of-season vegetables can be expensive, green peppers as much as a dollar each.  Julie bought two packs of two peppers for $0.49 a pack, a quarter of the normal price.  ONE DAY ONLY SALE AT ALDI'S.  Now Aldi's is a discount grocery.  Want a shopping cart?  Rent one from the cart corral for a quarter, which you get back when you return the cart to the corral, a self-serve system with no carts left in the parking lot.  Food is not shelved, it is left in the carton.  There are no people to bag  your groceries, in fact, there are no bags.  Bring your own.  Need to buy a bag, sure, ten cents.  No thank you!  Julie has her own bag, insulated even.  Mushrooms, $2.99 at Acme and over $3.00 at Giant Eagle.  Yep!  Julie paid $0.49, ONE DAY ONLY SALE AT ALDI'S.

You know what?  Those mushrooms were such a good buy that Julie bought two boxes for our housekeeper, Donna, who loves mushrooms.  Uh, you don't have a housekeeper?  Maybe you should be a bit more frugal.  Bye-the-bye, Donna, shown left at our lakeside retreat, pays for herself many times over in the course of the year.  That's another blog.

Donna, who has become a grand companion for Julie, has enriched our lives so much over the last two years when I suffered with a bad hip and then as I recovered with a hip replacement.



She doesn't have a lot and giving small gifts like a couple boxes of mushrooms brings joy to us as well as to her.  She will soon have been with us for three years and now knows more about whats, where than I do.

Check those two cartons of Roma Tomatoes.  Have you bought tomatoes lately?  These were only $0.59 a carton, ONE DAY ONLY SALE.  A package of cut up cabbage for cole slaw cost me $1.49, a 25%+ increase over the last month.  Julie bought this whole head of cabbage for a planned pot of vegetable soup for only $1.49.  She couldn't find any turnips for the soup, although she went to three stores.  Unusual!  Turnips keep well, too.

SHE BOUGHT EVERYTHING ON THE TABLE ABOVE, PLUS TWO MORE BOXES OF MUSHROOMS, FOR $14.03.  The normal price would have been above $30.00 easily!  Except for fresh fruit and vegetables, we buy about everything bulk, by the case.  ALMOST EVERYTHING BOUGHT ON SALE!  What can't be bought on sale, we mostly buy at Sam's Warehouse Club.

 BEING FRUGAL DOESN'T MEAN BEING CHEAP!
iT MEANS BEING ECONOMICAL AND AVOIDING WASTE
Catherine Pulsifer

Next Saturday evening, Julie and I are hosting my daughter, Kimberly, her husband Jack, my son, Mark, his wife, Mary Kay in this maginificant setting.  We have reservations for fireside seating at 6:30PM.  When our dining group met here last summer, I made the reservations for the Hanover House and bed and breakfast with the Inn.  The Hanover House is older than the Inn.   Abraham Lincoln once spoke at this Spread Eagle Tavern and Inn.

  HOW CAN WE AFFORD THIS ON, AT BEST, MODEST INCOME?

IT IS THRIFTY TO PREPARE FOR THE WANTS OF TOMORROW - Aesop

The answer is simple!  My lovely wife pays $0.98 for four green peppers instead of $4.00.  Multiply that by our entire lifestyle and you will understand how we do so much with so little.  THAT AND PLANNING.  Bit-by-bit, over a year, almost, I've already paid the $500 for the Hanover House plus a bit more for six dinners at the Inn.  I rarely have $500 to spend, but each month I've managed to have $50 for ten months.  Do the math.  Cross-country camping trip and a visit with an old friend?  Plan and do the math.  Month in a beach front suite, pictured above,  with family and friends? Plan and do the math.

NEVER LET THE DEFEAT OF YOUR PAST
ROB YOUR SUCCESS OF YOUR FUTURE. - Ray Comfort 

Uh, one other thing!  No debt!  We own our home, the lakeside retreat, two older cars and an older van, four old boats, don't gamble, don't do drugs and do not own a credit card.  YES, I AM BEHIND THE TIMES, THANK GOODNESS!  It's a good life, why don't you join me?  You can you know! 




What do I do when I run out of money? I STOP SPENDING!  Not a bad thing, huh?    We are disciplined to never, never use long term savings on short term needs or opportunities.  I get paid the first of the month and am thankful for short months!  Leap Year?  BOO!

THE ART IS NOT MAKING MONEY, IT IS KEEPING IT- Proverb

God Bless You and Yours

GOD BLESS THE USA

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2 comments:

Mark Pierce said...

One week from tonight we will be there with you! Woo hoot! Thanks so much! Going to be special!!! Love, Mark

Walt Pierce said...

Hey Buddy!

You're right;, WooHoo!

Dad