November 10, 2012 by Kriscinda Lee Everitt
Of course, as soon as I start a new blog, I get sidetracked. Or, more accurately, called away (literally). I haven’t posted in a few weeks because of a family emergency that took me out of the country for a bit. I ended up getting sick and have been recuperating at home for the last week and trying to catch up on the lengthy list of to-dos.
A lot has gone on over the past few weeks. Big A found a job with a local nursery and has been out of the house from 7:30am to about 5pm. For me, I’ve been doing a little bit here and there, every day. I’ve been networking and on the hunt for editing gigs, I’ve been cleaning and unpacking, I’ve been trying to perform the little tasks that need to be done (such as tightening the screws on the upstairs bathroom door, which the flooring guy apparently didn’t know how to do after he re-installed it, so that it shuts properly).
Lately, what with having bought this house, and all the unexpected expenses having pummeled us since last month—several road trips to Canada, two car maintenance bills, and a surprise vet excursion for Moggy, among other things—I’ve been thinking a lot about money. Specifically, how to conserve it.
We have a downstairs pantry that, once the garden is up and running and the season has played itself out, will be full of tasty, home-grown canned yummies. We also have a huge chest freezer, which will go the way of the pantry at the end of the summer and be full of frozen goodness to carry us through the winter. But that is a lot of work and many months away. It seems like the best thing we can do right now is look for deals and stock up on necessities when they’re cheap.
This is one of those things that you know in the long run is the good and wise thing to do—it will save us money, it will make life easier. It’s also one of those things that you know will be awesome later, but seems daunting to begin, because it involves spending large chunks of money to start out. It costs money to start your stockpile, but once it’s going, it’s relatively easy to maintain and it cuts costs quite a bit.
Well, we’ve got to start somewhere.
That said, I saw a some blogs that had a couple of timely, perhaps even fun challenges: Cheapchick’s No More Christmas Crap Campaign and SFT’s Sealed Pot Challenge. Both of these seem like good places to start living a more frugal, post-consumerist life. Neither are particularly difficult—the only hard part is when the rules challenge your usual, lifetime-ingrained practices of throwing money out the window. However, when you’re challenged in that way, it forces you to think about what you’re doing, and when you’re forced to think about what you’re doing, you can better, more easily see the things that need to be changed.