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    Default Am I Frugal or Fanatic: Seeking Balance

    I am , have been and probably will always be what I am. Seeking the
    cheaper, not the most popular. Prefer the old fashioned way over the
    easier way. Yes I need to save money and budget!!! But is it just the
    money? Is it not also holding onto something , some time that was
    simpler, more honest, more
    true?
    I look for all the ways that save money and help my family adjust
    to simpler living. Great food. Even snack foods, from clone recipes
    that are harvested from the ground. Starting with the seeds we
    planted. (Enough About that) So after I wash dishes by hand, use
    homemade sanitary napkins, cook from scratch. Avoid any and all
    disposables. Dry loads of clothes on a wood clothes dryer over the
    register. AFTER ALL THIS! A dear , loving relative comes to me with
    a load of Dixie cups, paper towels, plastic plates, and of all things
    a gal. of DIAL softsoap. Now I am appreciative. I
    hope!!
    But how do I feel? Betrayed, foolish, confused. I really do not
    know how to feel . But some how I feel as if much of my hard work was
    just flushed. Am I ignorant?? I must be! Yet I can't help the way I
    feel. I will Continue!! Forgive my venting. I would love to hear from
    others, Be honest!
    I will lighten up, I promise. I will get over it and get on with
    it. I hope with balance!! Kim

    Date: Tue Feb 4, 2003 9:39 am
    Subject: Am I Frugal or Fanatic: Seeking Balance

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    Hi Kim,

    Look at it from this perspective. Perhaps that loving relative thought
    you couldn't "afford" those luxury items. Perhaps they were trying to
    make your day simpler with those "convenience" items.

    My experience was an eye opener for me. I quit buying sanitary pads
    having decided to make my own. Now dear MIL was over when I was folding
    the clothes fresh off the line. She saw these, didn't make any comment
    but later that week all of a sudden she's giving us money to pay for our
    visit to the dentist. Then she's giving us gas money when we run a few
    errands for her. Took me a while to finally get the courage to ask her
    about this. Her reply was that she noticed I Had to make my own sanitary
    pads so we must be some kind of financial trouble. She and I had a big
    laugh when I explained that I was tired of all the "yeast" infections I
    kept getting after using those store bought items, not to mention a major
    breakout all over down there every month. I had decided to give those
    homemade things a trial to see if they helped with the problem. They have
    and I've never gone back to purchasing those products, plus it has given
    us quite a savings each year. I told her the way we choose to "save" on
    some products is sometimes for a completely different reason than
    financial. We can afford luxuries but at our age don't feel they are
    necessary so we just skip on them and look forward to using our frugal
    savings for fun things or as a buffer for our later life.

    Now great grandma insists on giving us those gifts of throwaway cookware
    and plates and such, but hers is a different method. She hates the
    housework of cleaning up the dishes! so to her it is worth the price to
    pay for those items. She's out of the kitchen quicker when there's less
    dishes, saving her time for more fun things like cavorting with her grand
    children and great grandchildren. She's a young 95 year old so I guess
    I'll let her indulge.

    BB,
    Jane

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    A woman after my own heart. Gosh I wish you lived here in So. Cal with me
    so we could be friends. Im not as good as you on drying on a wood clothes
    dryer, but in my area people are so extravagant. None and I mean none of my
    friends used cloth diapers with their children, I was the first to have a
    kid of all my friends and the one and only to use cloth diapers and god
    forbid WASH THEM MYSELF without having a diaper service come out!! They
    thought I was so granola crunchy for that!! Isnt that ridiculous. I am the
    only one I know that cooks from scratch every day 3 times a day and they are
    so amazed with me as if Im from another planet. Growing my own stawberries
    and green onions and lettuce (nothing crazy, thats it) they were all
    flabbergasted. Buying my organic fruit & vegetables, hormone free meat,
    wild salmon(farm raised bad bad bad), they are all amazed. "You eat
    oatmeal in the morning, the instant kind right?" Give me a break people,
    the regular healthy rolled oats just take 5 minutes in the microwave.
    Making my own salad dressings, wow what a spectacular event. They ohhh and
    awwwww but never quite make the transition to a more wholesome life. And
    making my own pizza crust!! Holy cow, can that be done?? Is the look on
    their face. Which is why I love this list so much, there are so many great
    people wanting to eat better and be more wholesome. This is the only place
    I can go to get some good examples of bettering myself and my family.


    Anyways, dont question who you are and all the great wholesome things you
    do. If you are ready to make your life a little easier to once in a while
    use paper plates, then go ahead. As long as youre ready to do so. You do
    so many good things that once in a while you can do things that make your
    life easier. Dont use the disposable plates and napkins if its going to
    make you lose part of yourself. Anyways I'll get off my box. Kathy

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    This is great.....I was beginning to think of was the only one out there.
    Ha! I do about everything fromscratch....I also raise my own chickens for
    the eggs....have a large woodheater that I cook on sometimes....the food
    does taste better. It is scary to see how many people cook from cans, boxes
    and tv dinners and depend on "fast food"....now don't misunderstand me,...
    that is their right...more power to them. But I sit back and just watch
    some of them come to my house..."to get real food", as they call it. Maybe
    it takes a little extra time, but if you plan it right, it doesn't amount to
    "alot" of extra time. One of my favorite money and time savers is
    experimenting" with leftovers. Amazing how you can throw some of them
    togerther and come up with a dish that people are asking the recipe for. Ha.
    I am looking forward to the post on this site....so far I have be VERY
    impressed.

    Susan

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    This list is great for new ideas...just reading about cooking from
    scratch, etc. and how we do it without really thinking about it. I have
    friends that wouldn't dream of eating 'LEFTOVERS" (egad!) and to buy
    bread at an outlet, oh my! I freeze bread when I get a really good buy
    and there are those that wouldn't touch it after being thawed, as it is
    "not fresh". This list keeps us going for sure. I have ditched boxed
    mixes for cakes and brownies and have gone back to scratch.


    Thanks!

    Kandy

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    If you're living frugally, then you are balanced. We are taught from
    such a young age that all we want out of life is to grow up, get a
    job and buy stuff! It takes just as much training to back away from
    the consumerism. You guys are great and should be extremely proud of
    yourselves, you are not only making the world a better place, but you
    are extending yourself and making your kids appreciate the real
    beauty in life. I do it here too, my child likes nothing more than
    for me to bake a batch of cookies instead of buying store-bought.
    Being a single Mum on welfare, it's not easy but we're happy and
    that's the main thing. I'm the same as Kathy in that my friends look
    at me like i'm odd (and i am, but not for these reason lol). I wont
    buy the pre-made things for my child, if i do it, then i know what's
    in it, it's cheaper and it's nicer. We buy organic meats and apart
    from seeing a difference in the humans in the family, my dog is like
    a youngster again, proving that we don't need nor assimilate the
    chemicals in our meats. I baked cookies at XMAS for my friends, and
    when my friend's FIL died, i cooked food and sent it to them, and
    they were all aghast whispering to each other what strange things I
    did. But noone knocked back homemade cookies, and my friend really
    appreciated not having to cook at their emotional time.
    There's nothing wrong with any of us and at times, it's alot harder
    to work out what to cook from scratch but that's what makes it all
    the more satisfying. We only need look at our kids and family to
    know we're doing the right thing. (Here Kathy, i borrowed your
    soapbox! lol)
    Kristin in Australia

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    > Now great grandma insists on giving us those gifts of throwaway cookware
    > and plates and such, but hers is a different method. She hates the
    > housework of cleaning up the dishes! so to her it is worth the price to
    > pay for those items. She's out of the kitchen quicker when there's less
    > dishes, saving her time for more fun things like cavorting with her grand
    > children and great grandchildren. She's a young 95 year old so I guess
    > I'll let her indulge.
    >
    >
    She sounds wonderful Jane

    Anne - UK

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    Where can we purchase these 'organic' meats. I am interested in doing that
    but haven't seen any in my area.." Northeastern Washington State."
    jlerch

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