How Long Have You Been a Frugalista?

If you are tuning into Greenbabyguide.com for our budget-friendly tips, have you always been interested in living on less?  Are you new to this penny pinching lifestyle?

I was born into a family of cheapskates. At one point in my life this was a huge drag, but the older I get, the more I appreciate my homegrown education in personal finance. It dovetails nicely with my green goals and has helped us build a secure financial foundation for our family.

Now that I’m home with the kids, our family has taken frugality to a whole new level. We embrace thrift stores, cloth diapers, garage sales, Grocery Outlet, and coupons. And more importantly, our quality of family life has drastically improved.
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Using a Pantry to Save Time, Money and the Planet

Yesterday Rebecca wrote about why she doesn’t buy in bulk and now I shall disagree with her wholeheartedly.  I LOVE filling our pantry and stocking our extra freezer with wholesome food!

When I was growing up my mom canned peaches and pears, homemade applesauce and tuna in the summertime to prepare for the long winter months.  While I’m not quite as resourceful as she was, I find that stocking my makeshift garage pantry has actually saved time, money and the planet.

Since we’re conscientiously trying to lower our grocery bill this year, we’ve been amazed by how much money we save by stockpiling.  Our used Craigslist freezer is packed with six gallon-sized Ziploc bags of organic blueberries we hand-picked  for just thirty dollars total.  We loaded up on free organic blackberries and made enough homemade blackberry jam to last us for months.  Friends of mine have ordered part of a free range cow and filled their freezers with steaks and ground beef to last all winter.   Since our nearby grocery stores are extremely expensive and charge two to three times what we pay at Grocery Outlet or directly to organic farmers, it’s worth stocking up. 

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