Being Thrifty is Cool
I have started going to my local county library for movies and books lately. Quite honestly, it is something that I used to do as a kid on a weekly basis, bringing home stacks of books to read in a two-week period. Somehow I got away from that as life took over.
Recently, I picked up a book called Be Thrifty...Not Cheap: How to Live Better with Less , edited by Pia Catton and Califia Suntree. (Workman Publishing, New York. 2010. ISBM 978-0-7611-5609-3). It is a compilation of tips, recipes, ideas, and more from 100 contributors and sources.
I am enjoying this book for so many reasons, especially for the things that one might never think to do. Here are a handful of ideas that I want to try or resurrect in my life:
- "Kitchen Gardening"--Grow houseplants from things in your kitchen: Growing beet greens in a soup bowl; a 3-foot ginger plant in six weeks indoors; lentil plants; and more!
- Potlucks or Host with Friends--Bloody Mary Brunch: Saves money on the bar tab, but also gives recipes for making crostinis (10 ideas without a recipe); Portable Potlucks: Saves cost, time, and effort. Great recipe for a Spinach & Mushroom Strata that would be great at the potluck or brunch!
- Dog Sweater--Made from old baggy sweaters. Great project for your own pooch or maybe start a new business?
- Making a Lamp Shade--Easy to make! Also has how to rewire old lamps.
I need to delve into reading this a bit more before I have to return it to the library. I am having fun, though, just thumbing through it to see what I can discover.
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