Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Frugality is timeless

 Do you ever purchase just to have the latest and greatest of gadgets? Consider the humble $20 coffee pot. We had our four cup pot for a whopping 30 years! Monthly cleaned with vinegar and a good triple flushing it served us very well. My darling and I only share a pot on the weekend, otherwise i may have a cup or two every other day or so during the week. A four cup pot is a self regulating measure as to not be over caffeinated. If we needed more for company we just brewed two pots.
 After my sweet man tore it apart and determined it was a goner we opt for a new one.
We like things to be compact and so we opted for a new $16 pot to replace it. No fancy bells or whistles to break down. Living with simplicity is a frugal option to think about. We do the same thing in many of our purchases.
A coffee pot with good maintenance lasting 30 years is really not that surprising if the design is simple. Money well invested even in the small purchases will take your dollar far.

 In the refer freezer was kept all the pre-made or ready made meals. The fast foods the family used during my recent down time from the shoulder surgery. The old refer is still running just fine. It is used for sodas and over flow storage.
In the spring we decided to retire our 25 year old refrigerator to the garage and get a new one. We waited on that purchase and did a study  to discover all the pros and cons. We saved a long time and bought a large capacity french door with freezer on the bottom. This has really been a back saver!

Being frugal is to save up for the best you can afford to budget for, research and learn about your item on line. Utube and other sites offer user reviews. Avoid extra features when your able, it is most often the mother board computer parts that gives out. They are $$$ to replace. Fewer extras also mean no need to concern yourself with extended warrentees.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Donetta you always inspire us to be wise and use our resources carefully. That 's so appreciated. I like your coffee pot. I think I will clean my tea maker with vinegar too.

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• how to love their husbands
• how to love their children
• how to be self-controlled
• how to be pure
• how to be keepers at home
• how to be kind and submissive (not subservient) to their own husbands. (See Titus 2:3-5)

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