It's time for a reminder for myself as I see the water bill is going back up and I watch the Discovery channels series "Life". I realize I have already written about the 5 R's of basic frugality but I don't want to forget it all started with the 3 R's first.
The documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” helped me understand my impact on the world around me, and the documentary “Affluenza” helped me understand the amount of waste I have in my life, and the many documentaries I have seen about the poor conditions people live through in other countries helped me understand how incredibly rich I am in comparison.
Over the last few years I have tried to make it a purposeful attitude to want less and use less and find contentment in that. What a better way to prepare for any trouble times ahead.
- Using Central Air minimally and making good use of fans that use less electricity.
- Using cloth bags for grocery shopping and minimizing plastic bags.
- Wearing clothes longer, airing them out, to reduce wear and tear and washing time.
- Reducing waste by making more food from scratch and fewer prepackaged meals.
- Buying fewer ‘new’ items and picking up 2nd hand items at goodwill and yard sales.
- Emptying containers and finding ways to use them for storing left-over food or for organizing household items.
- Getting the items I can’t re-use together and offering to someone who can through Craigslist for free or through freecycle or a Reuseit network.
- Attempting to fix items before considering them a ‘loss’.
- Understanding my rich life in relation to others.
- Helping others out in anyway possible through giving food, clothes, or money.
- Getting an attitude that commercials do not have the answers to life and know what makes me happy or content.
- Taking responsibility for my financial mistakes and WORKING to correct them, so I don’t make them again.
I hope this has rattled your brain’s cage to realize that we are taking things one small step at a time and yet over time, those small steps are moving us across life with a better end result.
How are you reducing, reusing and reclaiming your life?