I think frugality is somewhat like spirituality. Just when you think you've got it down, you realize how far you have to go. I've learned a few valuable (and humbling) lessons in the past few weeks that are saving us money.
Lesson 1: Diapers. Two kids and hundreds (maybe even thousands) of diapers later, I've jumped on the cloth diapering train. Well, I actually still have one foot dragging slightly on the ground.
Coming back from Honduras I experienced a bit of reverse culture shock. I was prepared. I've been on many oversees trips and knew what to expect. Or so I thought. That was until I went to Meijer on Monday to grab a few things. A pack of diapers was on the list, so I sauntered over to the aisle to find my trusty box of Dry Babies. Can't beat $14.99 for 82 diapers, right? Of course, Meijer decided to STOP selling their diaper brand while I was out of the country. What? No, I'm not going to pay $4 more for a name brand with less diapers in the box. And NO, I'm not going to drive across town with gas prices soaring to get a box of diapers.
So, I grabbed a handful of cloth diapers and angrily left the store.
I guess in my sinful attitude you could say the Lord showed me grace. I actually really like the cloth diapers that I got. Easy to use, easy to clean...and I'm not throwing them away! We're still using disposables on the days I work and at night. But, 5 days out of the week we're saving money...and I like that.
Lesson 2: Bread. Such a simple staple to have around the house. So, why are we always out of it. And why am I always running to the store for it when I have a breadmaker in my kitchen and flour in my cupboard? Duh! Reevaluating my grocery list is a huge part of our savings. Do we really need the things that are on there? Or do we THINK we need the things that are on there?
Sometimes its the little things that we don't recognize that cost us the most money. So, we're rethinking things...refining our frugality.
I'll probably have this whole homemaking thing down when my kids are gone. Hm. Then I'll have to write a book, I guess.