Many of us who are old enough will remember the aftermath of the Second World War, and how our mothers and grandmothers learned to "make something out of nothing". That applied to not only what food or meals we had to eat, but the clothes we wore, and in fact many of life's necessities. By example, it seems we learned the same lessons, even passing them down to our own daughters (if they were interested), and it has amused us as generations of women since have come up with all sorts of ideas to save money and to "re-cycle" items around the house.
As a matter of fact recyling is not new. The only thing new about it is the word itself. Because it may surprise many people to know that making things do a second, third, fourth and even countless times, was a part of life.
That changed with the advent of good jobs, good wages and a tendency to spend, spend, spend. The "good life" was what everyone thought and foolishly, most thought it would last forever. Things change however and hard times or recessions occur frequently.
While that philosophy of 'there's no need to worry I've got plenty of money" hasn't changed with many of our younger generation, a lot of parents and young mothers (and fathers) are finding that resorting to the wiles and wisdom of our forebears pays dividends. The benefits are financial and can lead to better health, and quite often a more balanced outlook on life and how to enjoy it.
Take for instance, housekeeping - no, not vacuuming, dusting away cobwebs, manually polishing the floor and washing the windows. I'm talking about housekeeping as it relates to feeding a family, being able to save for kids' educations, to have a holiday and the essential things of life, all by means of saving money.
There are a number of blogs and websites dealing with this subject and they all offer good advice.
Money Saving Inspiration. Not sure where this website is located, but it has some very interesting categories to navigate. Frugal living in the home and thrifty and handmade gifts took my eye.
The Simple Dollar. Again this is an American based site but has many hints to put into practice.
But I'm based in Melbourne, and by far the best website I know is The Cheapskates Club. As the website says: "showing you how to cut the cost of everyday living and still have fun".
This site is managed by "thrift Queen" Cath Armstrong, author of a fabulous book "Eat Well, Save More" .
Eat Well, Save More - Cheapskates
The Cheapstakes newsletter provides countless hints and ideas relating to food recipes, home made cosmetics and cleaning products, as well as many tips on saving money through thoughtful and disciplined management of whatever resources you may have.
Cath's wonderful e-Book "Cleaning with the Super Six" is a must for anyone (mum or dad) who has responsibility of keeping a home spick and span. It features recipes for simple, safe, frugal cleaning products that will keep your home clean and your budget intact. Cath's washing powder is a gem - visit her website and watch the video.
Cash in and cash up, by following the countless hints and strategies put forward by Cath (and members of the Cheapskates Club) - you'll be a lot happier, healthier and richer.