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So, I apologize for the lapse between when this was published and my post about it. August (well, the whole summer, actually) has been a little crazy!  Here’s hoping things settle down a bit this fall.

Nonetheless, I wanted to let you guys know that my newest contribution to My Joy-Filled Life is live!

I was inspired to write it based on the Depression-era wisdom of “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”  It’s one of my favorite frugal living-related quotes, and it’s one I really like to remember to keep my head when I start thinking about all the “things” I want.  I think it helps keep things in perspective and helps me remember what’s really important.

That’s in part because it reminds me of what people dealt with so long ago.  While I’m complaining because I don’t have money to buy, say, more clothes, or a new techno-gadget, there’s something humbling about remembering those in the depression era who made do with the food they had, who turned flour sacks into dresses, and used everything for as long as they possibly could.

I mean, heck, my husband’s grandmother has been known to wash out and re-use Ziploc bags.  That’s some hardcore frugal living.  I’ve never done that personally, but I think it’s admirable.

Because we live on a small budget, this attitude of making things do and being grateful for what we have is even more important.  This is what helps us live within our means and avoid going into debt.

I mean, that’s not to say we don’t yearn sometimes… but it sure helps me to realize how fortunate we are overall 🙂

Well, without further ado, here’s my post: 40 Ways to Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, Or Do Without.

I hope you all enjoy it!


Such great ideas to live well on a budget & save money!