Fall is here.
Everyone is economizing and many are wondering why didn't they run a tighter ship when money was freer and the economy was rosier? Being frugal and being cheap are not the same thing. Cheap is not paying your waitress much or anything for a bang up job of getting you served with a smile. Frugal is wrapping up in a blanket or afghan on the couch while you are watching a movie in the dead of winter. Does not mean the home is set at 50 degrees or that your houseplants are dying and your pets are blue and shivering. It means you don't have it cranked to 78 degrees on the thermostat and leave it soddered to that setting from September to May in New England. Its weather stripping the doors, making sure cellar windows are in, that you have adequate insulation in the attic and that your funace is cleaned to run efficiently. Turning lights off, hanging clothes to dry on a sunny day or in a porch or clothes rack during winter. Have you found new ways your parents had always used to make your wallet not so thin and your dollar to stretch? This is the place to share them. When you have fewer dollars, you make more cautious purchase and shop harder for a deal. Or decide you don't need the item or service. Back to basics. Maybe the country is on that route too?
Fall is here.
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