20 Signs That You Were Raised By TRUE Money-Savers
The United States Department of Agriculture predicts that in 2010, the prices of meat or poultry will increase by 1.5% to 2.5%. The prices of fresh fruits and vegetables will rise 3% to 4%, as will cereal and bakery products. Based on this outlook, I would say this is a good year to learn how to garden, if you have not already. It also looks like a good year to watch for sales on cereal and do your own baking. Signs such as these, as well as the current unemployment rate, and devaluation of the dollar, all seem to support the wisdom of previous generations’ more frugal ways.
While my family is conservative about how we eat because we feel it is the prudent thing to do, we remember that our parents, and their parents, stretched their food budgets because it was often a matter of complete necessity. Here are some signs that you were raised by serious savers, and what we can learn from them. While I plan to do even more gardening of fresh vegetables and fruits, and do even more of my own baking, I am drawing the line at saving bacon grease.
1. There was a can of saved bacon grease in a cabinet, which they used to fry other stuff.
2. They scoffed at the “best by” or “use by” dates.
3. You grew up thinking that already-hydrated milk tasted funny.
4. They taught you that a plate of mashed-up kidney beans was "just as good as pizza.”
5. The chest freezer contained a deer, but no one in the house held a hunting license.
6. Failed plum jelly became “plum runny” (actually quite good on pancakes).
7. Your parents made homemade wine from apples, pears, or plums.
8. Egg money bought entrance to the drive-in theatre for the entire family.
9. Liverwurst: the poor man’s pate.
10. You've eaten one of these delightful sandwiches: mayonnaise (that’s right, just mayonnaise) or sugar and butter.
11. Chicory, the coffee stretcher.
12. You heard stories that made your household sound wealthy, by comparison: “When I was a little girl, I had to stand in line to get bacon.”
13. Through osmosis, you know 97 different ways to make macaroni and cheese.
14. Anybody for “Helper”? That would be Hamburger Helper...without the Hamburger...
15. You were sent to the butcher’s, along with the dog, to ask for dog bones — which were actually for soup, not the dog.
16. You've heard, “Just put some ketchup on it.”
17. Your mom would make a pot of coffee, and reheat the leftovers in a saucepan — for DAYS.
18. A failed 4-H animal project ended up in the freezer, and your mother could identify “who” was for dinner. (Sorry, Rosie.)
19. You've heard the phrase, “A little mold won’t hurt you. Just cut that piece off.”
20. You were regularly admonished about food with gems like
- “Waste not, want not.”
- “There are starving children in China.”
- “Finish that so you can belong to The Clean Plate Club.”
Any other practical suggestions may be made in the comments section, and will be much appreciated. Otherwise, just share your own signs that you were raised by frugal people.