A Small Frugal Act…

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A lot of frugal life is lived in the little stuff.  It’s not every day that you can find new ways to slash hundreds from your budget, or audit your insurance policies to save you chunks of change.  That stuff is the fireworks in your early journey, but at some point you’ve done most of that.  Now you find yourself scouring with a magnifying glass for the little things.  The little ways to save money that, when combined and multiplied, will add up to big savings over time.

We did one of those “little things” this week.  And while it’s nothing revolutionary, it IS out of the ordinary for us.  What was this small feat we accomplished?  Patching a hole, baby.  Patching a good, old fashioned hole!

Hubs has a pair of pants he’s been wearing a lot for the last couple of months, but the pocket got a hole.  Typically we would just go to the thrift store and get him a new pair of pants at that point, but he is especially partial to these pants, and patching them is obviously an even more frugal solution than getting a new pair from the thrift store.

Now, I should say, most people would patch with their sewing machine and fabric.  However I need much practice with my sewing machine and fabric, so we were going to just buy some iron on patches.  Instead, even better, we found these stick on patches…

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And they were only $1.99!  For that whole pack!  Couldn’t beat that.  {Admittedly I don’t yet know how well they stick on patches will stick over time, so this is a bit of an experiment in progress.}  So we just pulled out the jeans, turned the pocket out, and patched it right up.

Obviously the patch doesn’t match the fabric of the pants, but it’s inside the pocket, so who cares?  And the hole was securely covered and the pants made serviceable again for $2 and a couple minutes of time.  {Technically not $2 because we have many patches left for other jobs!}

I was pretty pleased with us for repairing his pants instead of buying new ones.  It’s better for our wallets, but also better for the environment.  Now he can get a good deal more wear out of these pants and keep them out of the landfill.  This was a huge win win!

Now I’m finding myself wondering what else we can repair or refurbish instead of replacing.  I have to admit, we haven’t replaced a whole lot lately, but I’m going to look at things with a more critical eye after this success.  I find that the more I focus on a frugal life, the less inclined I am to part with things if there’s use left in them.  Once again… good for our wallet, good for the environment.

Just heard the dryer quit so it’s time to fold and put away those jeans, along with the rest of the laundry we have the luxury of washing in our own home.  We’ve been in this townhouse with a washer and dryer for a year and a half and I still get a bit of a thrill every time I throw a load in the washer or take out freshly dried clothes.  After 16 years of having to drag clothes to the laundry mat, I don’t think I’ll ever take my washer and dryer for granted!

Hope everyone’s having a good week!  And in closing, here is a picture of Ginger with a very fancy hairdo.

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2 Comments

  1. Good morning,
    Fixing things is almost always a better option than replacing them.
    I don’t take my washer and dryer for granted either, or running water or nice smelling laundry products. I see so many people complaining about laundry.
    My grandmothers didn’t have running water for the first parts of their lives and then they stepped up to wringer washers, and my great grandmother raised 3 babies in a sod house on the Oklahoma prairie. How she kept everything clean, I can’t even imagine, she really was a Pioneer Woman.

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    1. I have to agree with you on people complaining about laundry. That’s the one chore I DON’T mind. And wow, your great-grandmother was a champ of a lady. I can’t imagine a life like that. I recently listened to a book that talked about life pre-electricity, like how whole families read or played games of whatever by the light of one candle. Things like that make me ever so grateful to be alive in 2018!

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