Are your parents frugal? Did your mom or dad teach you how to be frugal?
My mom is and I learned to watch money growing up shopping with her.
We were broke. I don't think we called it being frugal, we called it living. Now, I am frugal trying to overcome some bad habits and remembering the good lessons I had coming up.
Yes, my parents were very frugal, although my ILs were even more so-
Yes, and yes.
They had a budget and stuck to it.
They didn't use credit cards.
They paid off the house mortgage in under EIGHT YEARS by throwing every extra penny toward it.
My dad had a very large garden every year, and mom and I canned it up. I don't remember ever buying veggies from the store besides salad greens.
We had livestock: milk cow, beef cow, chickens, a pig every now and then, turkeys, etc. We raised our own meat.
Mom sewed a lot of clothes for us.
Mom and I made quite a few Christmas gifts.
We heated with wood and only wood that we cut ourselves.
If they wanted to make a large purchase, they saved up for it and paid cash.
They taught us how to do our own repairs on simple things, although Dad was skilled in repairing bigger things, too.
Yes, my mother's father died when she was 3, leaving her mother to raise 5 children. They had it hard. My grandmother took in washing and sewing, and turned her home into a boarding house. My mother and her two sister took turns, 2 worked while one went to college, then they switched every year. When I was little we lived on a subsistence farm, we had a garden, a milk cow, pigs and chickens. My mother sewed our clothes. During this time she was also the postmaster of our little community. My father worked and did the farm chores. They were both good examples of being frugal.
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