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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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GayleStorm wrote on February 23, 2015, 12:30 PM

That books sounds like it's full of a lot of great ideas. Maybe you could renew it so you could have it for longer? Best of luck with all your new project ideas!

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 23, 2015, 12:42 PM

I think I will look that book up, it sounds like one worth buying so you can go back to it when you want to.

JeanC wrote on February 23, 2015, 1:36 PM

Cool, we have the book in our collection, so hold placed. I am always on the look out for more ways to be thrifty. I've already been planning on growing my own ginger, just have to remember to hit the Co-op and pick some up. Now if I could just find someplace that sells fresh turmeric root I would be all set.

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MegL wrote on February 23, 2015, 2:31 PM

Amazing what interesting ideas other people can have. Hope they think OUR ideas are just as interesting!

GemstonePink wrote on February 23, 2015, 3:39 PM

Sounds like a useful read to me. I am incredibly frugal and love to save. Also love a great deal on something.

valmnz wrote on February 23, 2015, 6:17 PM

Sounds like a book I need. And, as part of my own being thrifty journey, I now walk to more places and yes, I borrow most of my reading material from the library.

BarbRad wrote on February 23, 2015, 6:23 PM

I used to carry a lot of kids' books from Workman when I was still selling at conventions. They are a great publisher.

AliCanary wrote on February 23, 2015, 7:31 PM

I love the library SO much. I'm there right now, suckin' up some free internet. I check out CDs and copy them to play for my students as they work :)

BodieMor wrote on February 23, 2015, 10:05 PM

I will get that book! I've made lamp shades and the like, but sounds as though the book is filled with wonderful tips.

cheri wrote on February 24, 2015, 1:43 AM

I can say I am thrifty but most of the times because of a lot of things needed at home, I find it difficult to save.

Coffee wrote on February 24, 2015, 6:59 AM

Ooh I love the idea of this. I will have to see if my local library has a copy.

GemOfAGirl wrote on February 25, 2015, 12:09 AM

After the economic meltdown in 2008, my regular trips to Barnes & Noble (along with my trips to Starbucks) were among the first things to go out of my life. I've been patronizing my local library regularly ever since. I'm often trolling the audio/visual section for movies and CD's. I haven't paid for new music in years, emoticon :winking: