Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
Until a couple of days ago I hadn’t realized how negative my blog may read at times. I try to convey my thoughts and observations with positive words but sometimes its very hard. I’m not a natural born writer. I have to really work at it. I want my blog to be about “hope” or “possibilities” and not about doomsday. My intention has always been to show readers that the lack of money should not keep you from being happy.
I write about life as a person living with very little money because I am a person with very little money. I say I’m living frugal because the word frugal has a more upbeat meaning than the words poor or low income do. (read more here)
When I say troubling times ahead I mean that prices of everything (food and other stuff too) could get much higher than they are right now.
Does anyone remember all the “hype” around the year 2000 and how so many believed in the Mayan prophecy the world was going to end? The talk of doom and gloom was all over social media. Well, I believe many people are preaching doom and gloom again these days because of all the similarities to events in the years leading up to the great depression and WW2. Some people just want to see only gloom and doom and make money from it too. Of course anything is possible but why worry about what you cannot change? Prepare for a change but don’t worry about it. Worry and stress change nothing.
I’m a firm believer in learning from our ancestors. With today’s budgets being strained by rising costs, weather related crop damages, virus epidemics, and threats of global warming; I believe the wisdom of our grandparents or parents during the “make do and mend” years are just as relevant today as they were back then.
But will that same frugality of our ancestors speak to a new generation suffering from stress & anxiety in a fast paced world that is enduring an economic crisis, environmental concerns, and threats from an enemy who is determined to rule the world? Gosh, I could be my Grandma Mama talking to her friends right now. Many similarities can be seen between that time and today. Yesterday it was Hitler we fought but today its terrorists. Yesterday it was war with Germany and the Axis Alliance but today its war in the middle east.
I don’t think there is much I can do to prepare for rough times that I’m not doing already. I’ve been low incomed all my life so the things I do are mostly what I’ve always done. I admit there is room for much improvement in my skills though. I’m practicing to get better.
To prepare yourself for rough times go back to the knowledge of your grandparents and great grandparents. Re-learn the old ways. Concentrate on what people did during the depression and both war rationing times. There is a super amount of frugal wisdom there.
I suggest the first thing to do is learn to cook from scratch. Invest a few dollars in baking supplies and practice, practice, practice. If you learn nothing else at least learn to make biscuits and pie crust. With those two thing you’ll have many menu beginnings. If you look closely at recipes from the rationing years you will realize the portions sizes were very small compared to what we eat today. Absolutely no “super sized” drinks or meals back then. People ate mostly vegetables back then too.
Hmm…. has anyone noticed that you can buy a t-shirt cheaper than a loaf of bread from the store? Just an observation.
Ok, there are going to be those who say they can’t cook from scratch or other things because they hold full time jobs. Well gosh, women back then held full time jobs while still maintaining a garden, cooking from scratch, sewing for their family, washing, ironing, and canning at night. No one came home from work to plop down at a computer screen or in front of a tv while eating a fast food meal. People, especially women, worked full time jobs and kept their family fed, clothed, clean, and healthy. Children worked too. They had chores to do. There were no game playing couch potatoes back then.
Gosh, I could type talk endlessly about how to be frugal or prepared but I really must get other things done too. I hope this answers some of your questions? I will write more as my time permits. I do work and live frugally too.