I am all for new and improved ways of doing things but there are times we need to return to the old paths, sometimes we need to *experience* some foundational ways of doing things.
Being frugal has always been a way of life for us, well at least I thought it had. Only recently have we come to realize how wasteful and spoiled we are. Some of our friends have been on a quest to seriously become more self sufficient and they have been an inspiration to us. They have dramatically reduced their power bill and learning so many skills to save/earn them money. The character training that happens while learning these things, both on the part of the children and the adults, is priceless!
Although we consider ourselves to be frugal we are taking steps to become even more so, which in turn will help us to become more self sufficient. If a family of 15 can reduce their power bill to $65 a month...SURELY WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT!!! ;o) Our house is half their size and we only have 6 people living here!
This week as part of our series on Resourcefulness I will share a few things we are doing to become better stewards of our time and money, and how we are building some character, which is not pretty sometimes when it is being developed.
~One of the biggest things we are doing is turning the hot water heater off after bath time at night. There is usually enough hot water in the tank to get us though the next day of keeping dishes washed up and hands washed. We turn it back on about 30 minutes before bath time at night.
~No Clothes Dryer -I usually hang out our clothes during the summer, but don’t think much of it if I have to throw a load in the dryer. So now I am being much more deliberate. The girls were not real happy that I was hanging out socks and underwear (I usually dry those), so this was a lesson in humility. ;o) btw, I am very discrete in how I do it, it’s not real obvious. lol… And we do not live in a high traffic area. ) Wonder what they will think of me posting them to the WORLD WIDE WEB?! lol…
~No Air Conditioner until June 1st. Now this may not be a big deal to some of you, but living in Alabama air conditioning IS a big deal! So right now the goal is June 1 …and yesterday I was wondering if I would make it…but I did! We do have a couple fans running and windows open. The biggest key here is to not heat up the house, I’ll share what we are doing about this later this week.
Doing these things takes a lot of planning, organization and sacrifice. All of which are good for us. If there were to be a disaster in our country (attack or weather), I hope we will be somewhat prepared to take care of ourselves and our neighbors. I heard someone say if an economic fall were to happen (which it probably will) the Amish would be the last ones to feel it.
From another angle, think about the possibilty of your children someday serving under dire circumstances. What if they were called to be missionaries or were stranded somewhere? Let’s make sure we have trained-conditioned them to the best of our ability.
Have you ever wondered how you would do if the power were out for several weeks? Is there anything your family is doing to become more self sufficient?