1. I like the differentiation between being frugal out of necessity or choice. However, the term “strategic frugality” points to a “strategy”, whereas frugality for me is much more passive. I don’t “map out” or plan to save money. It’s the *lack* of action that saves the money. I *don’t* call the cable company to sign up. I *don’t* go test drive new cars at the showroom. I *don’t* go to the mall and window shop. Instead I just relax, make do with what is in the house, get resourceful with the stuff on hand. It’s more like “accidental frugality” – ha ha.

    And some might point out that using a microwave would technically save you time which you could then spend having fun with your family. I haven’t found another way to heat up a whole plate of different leftovers in less time, dirtying fewer plates, and using less electricity. Have you?

    1. Sara

      I love the accidental frugality! As far as the microwave, I’m trying to promote slow families cooking slow food, eating fewer microwave ready prepared foods. Leftovers warmed up? We either eat them cold, use the toaster oven or stick it on the stove top. The stove top being used when the food is still in the pan from the meal. Yes, the entire pot goes in the fridge sometimes!

      1. Ah, a toaster oven. I could see that working in some cases. We don’t have a toaster or toaster oven. We use the broiler instead.

        I also reject microwavable pre-prepared foods. (I ate enough of those in high school, frankly. Remember Budget Gourmet meals in a cardboard box?) I mainly use the microwave to heat soup in the bowl (rather than using a pot, and *then* a bowl) or heat cider/coffee/cocoa without dirtying a pot. I’d love to get rid of the microwave when it gives out (it already blows the fuse when you try to use it in the summer – electricians agree it must be the microwave itself) and instead put in a double-oven. Now you’ve got me thinking…

        1. Sara

          Good. Glad to get you thinking. By the way, we really give our toaster oven a workout and the one we have now has been the best in the last 20 years – Oster is the brand.

  2. Mary Werner

    Weston and I just went over the January budget today, we talk about spending trends and how not necessarily how to save but how to spend less. And when we look at making big purchases, such as a used sofa for the downstairs t.v. room we talk about want vs. need and employ patience in the decision making.

    I agree with Liana about the being frugal out of laziness and making do with things you have at home. Window shopping leads to wants which make you think you need something. You’ve been living your whole life without X and surviving, I think you’ll continue to live without it. This is true, unless of course we’re talking about yarn.

    Good post sistah!

    1. Sara

      Ah, the yarn! Everyone must have a vice…
      Thanks for the comment and good job budgeting with your betrothed. Very wise to have those conversations before your wedding.

  3. Sara,
    Yes, yes, and yes. You don’t have cable so you probably have not seen the show “Till Debt Do Us Part”. I ran across it while making black beans in my crockpot (thank YOU!). What strikes me is how much happier these couples are when they decide how to live rather than falling into it on accident.

    And by the way, I LOVE the addition of GoGingham.com to your pictures.

    1. Sara

      I have not heard of that show but I can imagine…Thank you for the comment and for noticing the pictures. By the way, I’m making beans in my crock pot right now!

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