Ways to Make Do With What You Have

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Have you heard the old saying: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”? We were poor, Mom and Dad lived every day showing us what it meant to ‘make it do’ and we often ‘did without’ Here are my thoughts on frugal ways to make things do.

Looking after your clothes – A return to wartime values

Discount Coder UK

There’s a lot you can do to preserve your favourite clothes, and it. Discounts & Tips make do and mend preserve your clothes save money on clothesCheap high street fashion isn’t meant to last more than a season, then it goes out of style. But good quality clothes and basics like jeans and decent Ts are built to last. Just how long they last is up to you. read more.

Introducing the 2015 Choose Thrift First Challenge

Family Balance Sheet

In 2014, the Grocery Budget Challenge encouraged us to keep our grocery spending in line and to be creative with our meal planning so that we do not over-spend. Can I make do with something else around my house?

Choose Thrift First Challenge – January Meeting

Family Balance Sheet

In 2015 I’m challenging myself to rethink purchases by taking advantage of more cost effective solutions like borrowing, buying second hand, or just making do with what we already have. Can I make do with something else around my house? How did you do in January?

Choose Thrift First – April Meeting

Family Balance Sheet

In 2015 I’m challenging myself to rethink purchases by taking advantage of more cost effective solutions like borrowing, buying second hand, or just making do with what we already have. Can I make do with something else around my house? How did you do in April?

Choose Thrift First Challenge – March Meeting

Family Balance Sheet

In 2015 I’m challenging myself to rethink purchases by taking advantage of more cost effective solutions like borrowing, buying second hand, or just making do with what we already have. Can I make do with something else around my house? How did you do in February?

Choose Thrift First | February Meeting

Family Balance Sheet

In 2015 I’m challenging myself to rethink purchases by taking advantage of more cost effective solutions like borrowing, buying second hand, or just making do with what we already have. Can I make do with something else around my house? How did you do in February?

Daily Frugal Tip: Homemade Gluten-Free Rice Chips

Couponing 101

Save some money and try making them yourself! Little House On The Prairie Living shows us how to make gluten-free and corn-free rice chips ! These look SUPER easy to make. Do you have any great gluten-free frugal recipes? Do you have a Frugal Tip you’d like to share?

Our 2018 Financial Goals

Family Balance Sheet

Did you make 2018 financial goals ? We even bought an online package years ago, but have since decided that we will have a lawyer draw up our will, medical directive, and power of attorney documents to make sure everything is in place legally. I want to challenge myself to rethink our purchases by taking advantage of more cost effective solutions, like borrowing, buying second hand, or just making do with what we already have.

Bee Stung Butts, Freeze Dried Diapers and Other Hilarious Happenings of Poverty

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Do you ever have days where everything seems to go wrong and you are deep down in the dumps? When the ears were full and ripe she would pull one down and let me make a doll – using the cob for the body, the silk for the hair and the husk for the clothing.

2014 194

Financial Success: It’s Not Always About Your Income

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

We make plenty!” Imagine our surprise to discover that it didn’t take long to run out of money, even though we had a higher income — and we thought we could afford what we were doing. It’s not about a higher income; it’s about what you do with your money.

2014 257

Silicone Nail Polish Holder – $6.99

Saving With Shellie

This will make doing your own nails super easy and simple! These would make great gifts and come in three colors: Bright Blue. How cool is this Silicone Nail Polish Holder for just $6.99?! The holder slips over 2 fingers while the polish is set in the top pocket.

2016 56

What Do You Tolerate to Save Money?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

How much do you tolerate to save money? My spouse suggested springing for a new frig, but I wasn’t ready to do that yet (even though we can easily afford one). I bought some ice cube trays and now make ice once a day in them.

Take Control of Your Money in 2015

Family Balance Sheet

My husband and I make some financial goals at the start of every year. Tantrum aside, it’s still going to take years, but there is room for us to make some considerable progress in 2015. My husband and I are pumped to make 2015 the best year ever. New year. Fresh start.

2015 233

How Can I Be Eco-Friendly With a Credit Card?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Since you would be making these purchases anyway, and the percentage doesn’t come out of your pocket, it is a win-win scenario for both you and your group. Once you have your card of choice, you have a couple more decisions to make.

Our Big Financial Goal for 2016

Family Balance Sheet

We have more important things to do with our money besides sending a large portion of it to the creditors every month. Make it a Necessities Only Year. This will be a struggle and I’ll need to remind myself daily why I’m doing this. Do you want to eliminate debt too?

Embrace the Negative!

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Was it the times you were flush with money or the times you were dirt poor and had to make do? Surviving a negative experience and enduring through or perhaps even overcoming it shows us that we are made of more than we ever dreamed, that we can do and be more than we thought.

2014 188

Save Money – Make Shoes Last

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

If you can make your shoes last longer, you can tuck away the savings in that rainy day fund. Today’s athletic shoes could also be washed in the washer (with a load of towels) but I never do. Some still do, especially on those expensive men’s dress shoes.

Build a Legacy for Your Child: Be Remembered for Your Positive Influence

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

How do you want to be remembered by your children? What gifts do you want to leave them that will enrich their lives and influence their actions? How do you determine your legacy? What memories do you hope your children will share with others present on that sad occasion?

Yes Virginia, There is a Money Tree

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

You have to plant it, feed it, water it and care for it to make it grow big enough to notice. You can do this. Learn from books but learn from doing and observing as well. You don’t have to make hundreds of thousands of dollars, you just have to have some money left over after taking care of your obligations. One way to do this in a two income family is to live off of one income and bank the other. A tended tree will do better than an ignored one.

Is Self-Sufficiency Possible in the 21st Century?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Americans pride themselves on their ‘Yankee ingenuity’ – making do or doing without. Tom Perry (Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles) illustrates the reason they do so: “Independence and self-reliance are critical to our spiritual and temporal growth. Physical books that help me learn how to do things I might need to do. Do you believe that you are prepared to be somewhat self-sufficient in case of a disaster?

2016 107

Frugal Fixes that Work

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

After a number of years of ‘making do or doing without’ a person discovers ways of doing things that work – using minimal resources. Cleaning shower walls is always a challenge (if you are trying to keep dry while doing it). If you don’t have one of those circular tree skirts for your Christmas tree , but do have a rectangular tablecloth or a twin sheet you can use those to wrap the bottom of your tree.

Frugal 113

Potential Accomplishments and Creating My Day

Frugal Luxuries

Frugal Times: Making~Do With Dignity which evolved into our Frugal Luxuries newsletters and book series). I used to print these up and put them on a pretty clipboard and use as my daily to~do list. What do you think? TO~DO Lists Day Planning Creating my DayClick image to enlarge: Feel free to print out and use this in a notebook or clipboard. Since Mike returned to work a few weeks ago I have been trying to de~clutter my closets and office.

"Potential Accomplishments" and The Natural Magic of List-Making: Creating a Master~List

Frugal Luxuries

I firmly believe there is a kind of a natural magic in list ~ making. hard to do but a must as they are taking over our house :) Listen to the audio version of those history books I've been wanting to read.also.catch up on my movies.do

GIVEAWAY: 6-Month Supply of Tide Detergent

Saving With Shellie

I do my best to find deals and using P&G coupons, I usually don’t have to pay full price. This is key for all the unique stains babies make. I asked last night on Facebook about your laundry habits and how many loads of laundry you do every week.

Tide 81

Saving Tips & Free Crediting Monitoring

For the Mommas

Nearly 46% of consumers say they typically consider making a financial resolution – up 31% since the first year of the survey in 2009. Do you really need cable television or can you make do without?