You may have been wondering what could possibly be so crunchy about someone like me. I don’t ask you to buy only organic products or clean only with baking soda and vinegar. I am not a vegan. And I don’t have a mini farm in my backyard.
And yet I call myself crunchy? Well, perhaps I am redefining the term. Supporting my family on a part-time job, I realize how tough it can be to buy food, pay the bills, and generally keep things going. The pressure to buy expensive products on top of that can be too much. And yet we are pressured to do just that by society and media. Going “crunchy” is now seen as a higher calling, one that is moral and almost spiritual in nature.
However, you can incorporate some of the natural ideals while still staying in budget. That is the true focus of this blog.
Does this mean that I will always cook with whole, organic ingredients? No, it sure doesn’t. But you will see posts on whole wheat usage, solar cooking, LEDs, and the like. You will see that being frugal doesn’t necessarily mean destroying the environment and ordering freebies in the mail. Indeed, it instead means to use your resources wisely.
At middle age, I realize that I’m never going to be perfect, and I understand that life is harder than it should be. By telling the story of my progress and the lessons learned along the way, I am hoping that perhaps you can benefit, gleaning the general lessons of my approach in the process:
- Do without.
- Make your own.
- Use it up.
So grab a cup of coffee and sit back. Feel free to comment, ask questions, and provide any guidance or suggestions that you might have as well. Being frugal can be a community experience, one in which we learn from each other. I welcome any knowledge that you might have to share!