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The Frugality of Fall

Posted on October 10, 2019 by dragonspitapothecary

Nature is a natural saver. It beckons us to harvest, store, preserve and save from the bounties of fruits and veggies it has provided so we have food for the colder months ahead. It calls to us for taking in what we will need and appreciating the labor of our hands in the process of growing and harvesting that food – even when you are getting it from the fresh section of the grocery store.

When Fall comes around, these harvesting feelings come to us in ways we may not even realize. There is a heightened gratitude we feel for our home, what and who is inside it and all that we have accomplished. We are attune to the simple things that make our lives feel blessed. We feel a sense of calm and security knowing our family’s will be ok. There is even an appreciation for looking at our own budgets to make sure we are progressing where we want and saving where we can.

In our household, I always see October as a month of simplicity and frugality. Our electric bill has finally started to ease up after months of non-stop air conditioning needs. The water bill is easing up with less need to water grass and keep it mowed every week. Our grocery bill shifts as we use the crock pot more and make meals that have yummy leftovers for a night or two. It’s a month I can see some extra savings for the upcoming holidays and start to plan for the following the year financially.

Stretching the Clean in Fall

Now that the majority of our home is transitioned to natural cleaners I have been able to decrease our month-to-month budget on what I used to spend for cleaners. Even with purchasing supplies to make many of the things we use it still comes out less than a trip to the store for soaps, detergents and cleaners. Making cleaners and personal care products is a fun family activity and perfect for an October weekend together.The real value of making your own household products is in the benefits you gain physically, emotionally and financially. You are proactively reducing chemical exposure to improve your immunity which improves your health long term. You are gaining the benefits of natural ingredients like essential oils that deliver incredible healing powers to your physical and emotional health. You are saving and being frugal with savings to your budget being realized. Oh yeah you also get a couple hours with the family doing something together that everyone can enjoy and personalize things they use to their own preference.

I went back and looked at our prior years’ budgets before I transitioned our home and on average we spent about $50-$75 per week on things like laundry detergent, fabric softener, bleach, air fresheners, bathroom cleaner, floor cleaner and so on. This also included things like bar soap, body wash, shampoo and lotions. So on a good month where I had extra coupons or found a great sale, I might spend $100 or more just keeping us and the house clean. These days I spend on average $50 a month. I promise we are still clean and take showers every day too! Over half our expenses were eliminated though when I