Decades before recycling, upcycling and repurposing became fashionable, generations were frugal not because they wanted to get out of debt, save for retirement, or be en vogue, but because it was a way of life.
My grandparents were part of that generation. They lived through the Great Depression and the lessons learned in that period of hardship stayed with them through their lives, shaping their thinking and influencing their actions. They were simple people who lived simple lives.
They never gave me advice about money that I can recall, but their lives spoke volumes.
Some of the money-saving ideas here were things that I saw them do; others I've gleaned here and there or learned from necessity. These are not Earth-shattering ideas. They are simple things we do to make the most of what we have.
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One last idea: Instead of paying for flowers for landscaping, see if you can swap with a friend for starts of plants. Or, start your own from seeds. Also, you can buy plants at the end of the season and plant for next year. Once I found some rather sad and sickly looking strawberry plants well after strawberry season. I asked the sales lady how much they cost and she said I could just have them. After taking them home and planting them, they promptly died, but then came back the following year.
So what money-saving nuggets do you have to pass on? I'm always looking for new ways to save money!
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