I saw a meme on social media last week. It showed a photo of a grandmotherly-type woman from the mid-1900’s washing a piece of aluminum foil. The caption said, “You’re about to find out why your grandparents saved bacon grease and washed their foil.”
The point of the meme was clear – in the United States, we are heading into a period of inflation. Gas prices rising, food costs rising, building materials…in our area the price of plywood has quadrupled since January. We heat our house with propane, and the price per unit has risen as quickly as gas prices In the past two and a half months.
Add to that the beginnings of shortages. Last year’s “pandemic” shut hundreds – thousands – of businesses down. Every sector has been affected, from businesses that provide raw materials, to manufacturing, to transportation. Agriculture has also been affected.
It is apparent to me that it is time to change how we are living in order to survive, in case this period of high prices and short supplies lasts for more than a few months – which I think it will.
That brings me to this new monthly feature on my blog – Thrifty Living is Living Well.
One of my favorite quotes from John Wayne is in his explanation of the Boy Scout Law, “Thrifty: Means a lot more than putting pennies away, and it is the opposite of cheap. Common sense covers it just about as well as anything.”
Our version of what he said has become a motto at our house: “The opposite of Thrifty is Cheap.”
In this spot every month, I plan to pass on thrifty hints garnered from my Amish ancestors through my grandparents, along with recipes and ways of living that will help all of us live well in these uncertain times.
After all, isn’t living well the goal?
Living well is simple living, being thankful for our lives today, with contentment in what God has provided, and sharing abundantly with others.
Join me next month as we start learning to become more thrifty!
And before you go, leave me a comment! What is your favorite thrifty hint?