Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Thrifty Wife

In this economic down turned economy, the one thing that I'm excited about is that thrift is now a popular word.

The definition of THRIFT: The quality of using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully. Thrift is a hobby for some. An obsession for others (have you seen Extreme Couponing!?). Either way, the fact that being thrifty is a popular or even a desired trait excites me.
Do a google search for thrifty blogs… a ton. Or a twitter search for #thrifty. People are talking about it.
I think our idea of "thrifty" is NOTHING compared to those  character traits and habits that developed from people who survived the Great Depression. My Great Grandma Ella, an incredible work horse of a woman lived in southern Idaho and ran her husband's farm while he got a job in town. She worked from sunup to sundown outside, doing hard manual labor, while taking care of two little girls. During her eighties and nineties, Grandma Ella was permanently stooped over, her body bent from doing so much hard work. Grandma Ella had thrifty embedded deep within her core. She would make gorgeous quilts out of scraps of clothing she'd saved, from skirts, shirts, kids clothes, anything that she could cut a 3 or 4 inch square out of was saved to go into a quilt.

Her daughter, my Grandma Marge, would often tell me that she'd  have to stop her mother from washing a load of clothes, stopping the washer before the spin cycle, remove the cleaned clothes, hand wring them dry, and then put another load of laundry into the washer so she could use the same water and laundry soap. Her version of thrift was to wash two loads of laundry with one washer full of water and one cup of laundry soap. 

That's a bit extreme, and is more on the borderline of cheap than thrift.

I'm not that thrifty for sure, but I love too hunt for a good deal.

When we found out earlier this year that we had the opportunity to get a cow from the ranch, we knew we'd have to buy another freezer to hold all of the meat. So we went shopping. The Chef wanted Stainless Steel, I wanted one of those awesome french door refrigerators, like what Kelly Ripa advertises. So we looked, hunted, and dreamed.

The problem was that buying a new stainless steel refrigerator would eliminate any money we'd save from buying our beef in bulk. Until I found a deal.

The Bebe and I found this beauty: 
It was exactly what we wanted, but had been installed in a house, the sides scratched and the front slightly scuffed. It was returned, and Sears promptly sent it to their Appliance Outlet store. Because of the imperfections it was at least $1000 cheaper than if we'd bought it brand  spanking new.

We moved our small ugly refridgerator into the garage next to our freezer (with the Chef in residence we make and store a lot of food) and moved this beauty into our house. Slowly we're getting our matching, all stainless steel kitchen appliances, switching out one appliance at a time, and paying for them in cash as we do it... sensible, money wise, and well, thrifty.

Thrift equals new kitchen appliances?  I can get behind this one.

I'm participating in a 31 Day Challenge to Change my World.
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Spending it with the Proverbs 31 Woman.
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1 comment :

Nikki @ Saving For A Rainy Day said...

I have a beautiful Amana fridge I got super cheap at the Sears Outlet. I love it and it's quite unique. Eventually we got additional stainless steel appliances there as well. Little by little our kitchen started to look awesome!


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