Remember those days of the weeks towels? The ones that reminded the homemaker what chores were designated certain days? Sunday-church, Monday-washing, Tuesday-ironing, Wednesday-mending, Thursday- shopping, Friday-cleaning, and Saturday- baking. Maybe we don't need to spend an entire day in some of these chores, like ironing and mending anymore, but it's still a good concept. And thrifty too.
My mother was a great one for doing laundry. Anytime you laid down a sweater, she would swoop it up and put it in the wash. She did laundry all day long. And she never could figure out why her gas bill was so high. It takes energy to heat water and run a dryer. Better to do your laundry with full loads and the dryer will remain heated between loads. I know this is pretty obvious, but just in case you never thought of it this way. Plus when you see the piles of dirty clothes piling up, you'll think twice before changing your clothes on a whim. Really, do you need to wash your jeans every time you wear them?
Now days we probably don't need an entire day dedicated to ironing and mending, but clothes do look nicer when they are pressed. Just think how nice men used to look back when they wore nicely starched and ironed shirts. You can get away with wearing thrifted clothes if you take the time to care for them. And we all know the proverb, "A stitch in time saves nine". Always true.
Maybe we don't have to spend an entire day marketing, but we should take more care with the grocery shopping. I told you how I tackled thrifty shopping in my Grocery Shopping 101 post. It takes time to seek out thrifty and nutritional deals. Plus now days, more than ever, we really need to be reading those labels. So much of what we buy is prepared with MSG, high fructose syrup, high sodium, preservatives, etc. Which leads me to the next chore....
Baking! And cooking. It occurred to me that even though I was doing a pretty good job budget-wise with the groceries, there were still quite a few things like pasta and tortillas that could be made at home for a lot less. Plus they wouldn't have anything in them but good wholesome ingredients. After all what's in pasta besides flour, eggs and a little oil? Why should it cost so much? Why should bread cost three dollars a loaf? Making from scratch saves a lot of money, but it does take time. Therefore, a day dedicated to baking and prepping for the week is a great idea. Make up a batch of rice and freeze it to use later in the week for thrifty stir frys and casseroles. Make up your own noodles and tortillas. Bake several loaves of bread and some goodies to pack in your lunch pail. A lot better than Little Debbies. Make up some soups, it will have a lot less sodium. Prepare some casseroles, then on those busy days you'll just have to defrost and pop in the oven. Boil up a chicken and freeze the meat for quick meals like quesadillas. Cut up some carrot sticks for snacking. And get your family involved. I have lots of photographs of our family in the kitchen cooking together. It teaches the youngsters how to cook in a loving atmosphere. What better way to spend the day? I get impatient when I hear people say they don't have time to cook. What are you doing that is more important that nourishing your family with wholesome food? Talking on the phone? Shopping? Besides, how much time does it take to herd everyone up and drive them to a fast food joint, order the food and pay for it? I imagine more time than it takes to make a quick little chili or omelet.