Thursday, January 15, 2009

Not cheap, FRUGAL!

I am NOT cheap. NOT! I am FRUGAL. There is a difference. I think. Let me consult and see what it has to say on the subject.


8. stingy; miserly: He's too cheap to buy his own brother a cup of coffee.


1. economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful: a frugal manager.

Yeah. I'm frugal.

So earlier this week I made silly looking curtains out of four pairs of my husband's old jeans. REUSE! REDUCE! RECYCLE! They don't hang straight, and they look like pants legs cut off and sewn together, but they keep the hallway about 10 degrees warmer by covering the window.... and I didn't have to worry about disposing of those pants... that is frugal, right?

Today's exercise in frugality (that is a word, isn't it?) was as follows:

It's freakin COLD outside. I was going to start a fire but our fire wood is still damp from being outside uncovered. Tsu was going to pick up some fire starters but I have had this idea for making my own so today I decided to give it a try.

I've been saving dryer lint for a week. yes, DRYER lint. Today I pulled out all of my old burned out candles and started to melt them together into one jar. I then took wads of dryer lint, wrapped them tightly in newsprint paper (and some in paper towels because I only had a little news print) then soaked them in the melted wax and let them cool. TADA! Fire starters!!! They burn for about 8 minutes give or take. Enough to start a fire without a lot of struggle. And they were made out of junk I would have thrown away anyway! How cool is that?

I think Tsu is impressed. Hehe.


OK, so I am also cheap. But still, I saved us money (that can go towards my horse hehehehehe) and entertained myself for an hour or two. So being cheap isn't ALL bad.

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