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  1. Sherry
    February 26, 2009 @ 5:33 am

    Great article! We are going to attempt a garden this year. The kids are super excited. :D I’ve been making more and more things from scratch besides being thrifty it is healthier for our bodies, too.
    I was hoping to make a little extra money with selling meals here, but unfortunately in our state we have to have a seperate kitchen to do it. Ugh! :(


  2. Peter
    February 26, 2009 @ 11:47 am

    Love #6. Anytime you are good at something, there is a way to make money off of it. I think the concept is to think small. For instance, don’t try to pay all your bills with one move, maybe do a few things that adds up to the sum at the end.

    Great stuff!


  3. Shellie
    February 26, 2009 @ 11:49 am

    Well, you are one step ahead of me! Well two to be exact. I’m doing a 3 part series on my blog about our current economy. Part 3 is how to recession proof your life. I think I’ll link to this post for more ideas for people. But Part 1 (which posted today) is What Happened to the Economy in Plain English. If you or your readers are interested:


  4. Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free
    February 26, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

    What an excellent article, and very well put! It never fails to amaze me all the different things you can make at home—and generally it ends up being a higher quality product.

    Definitely ditch those Joneses! ;)


  5. Frugal Girls!
    February 26, 2009 @ 12:16 pm

    Thanks so much for the wonderful tips! My latest frugal trick has been making homemade laundry stain remover and homemade bubble bath. I also recommend growing food in your yard if you can. Last night I picked 125 ruby red grapefruit off my tree! :)


  6. Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
    February 26, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

    I didn’t see the “what if your husband lost his job” but it’s ironic that I came to this article today at 11:26pm since tomorrow is my hubby’s last day. The amazing thing is that we’re ready. We had a heads up that it was coming since his company was bought out and moved out of state, and since the day we found out, I have been “acting” as if he was already unemployed. We already had a emergency plan in place, but now I am actually “throwing a party” with the kids instead of living in a panic stricken state.
    Living within and under your means at all times is a blessing!! Living debt free allows us to go through a recession and unemployment with out total chaos taking over. I go into so many of the ways we do it on my blog so I don’t want to take over in the comments, but it is such an encouragement to find other like minded frugal women in blog world. (but….remind me of this in eight months if my hubby still doesn’t have a job. :)


  7. Trixie
    February 27, 2009 @ 11:26 am


    Great post! It truly is more about how we choose to live on the salary we have rather than always needing to make more money. My husband and I are pretty frugal. We do this partly because its so much fun finding creative ways to do things for less and partly because it allows us to live very comfortably on a small amount of money.

    We save the difference between what we earn and what we spend so we will have a safety net in the case of an emergency or a job loss. I liked what you said about not being caught with a new TV but no money for an emergency. My husband and I feel this way too. It boggles my mind the number of people that have so many nice, newer possessions (including vehichles and homes) and cannot pay their heat bill or buy food.

    Take Care,



  8. Abbi
    February 27, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

    Great post! We also enjoy doing the things she mentioned above. We are a family of 6 who are thriving on one income. Though I have found various ways to add a little to the income by doing various jobs which I find to be fun (teaching music lessons and doing wedding flowers) at home.

    I think her 2nd point on being thankful is such an important one! When we are truly grateful and appreciate what we have we are much less likely to be seeing things that we want.


  9. shel
    February 27, 2009 @ 2:36 pm

    Good article! I am especially inspired that you were able to grow some good veggies with your black thumb;-) This is one of the things that has prevented me from trying to grow my own, because I even killed a cactus plant before! I would like to try growing some things on my patio (in pots). Thanks for the inspiration.


  10. Kristen@The Frugal Girl
    February 28, 2009 @ 5:51 am

    Amen! We live so much better than people we know who have twice our income.


  11. Stephanie
    February 28, 2009 @ 7:08 am

    Excellent article Amy! Having a good attitiude and being content goes a long, long way too! I have been guilty of being discontent, and living on one income has me worried a lot. I have to learn to let it go and just trust God. We have been a one income family for a little over a year and I am still struggling with it!

    Thank you so much for the reminder and inspiration that this CAN be done!


  12. BarbaraLee
    March 1, 2009 @ 6:13 am

    That is like living in our grandparents era. The problem is too many people are spoiled and lazy.
    It shows big time. This is one family who lives like grandma & grandpa.


  13. Amy @ Finer Things
    March 1, 2009 @ 10:00 am

    @Frugal Girls — 125 Grapefruit?!? Wow!!! If you’d be willing to share your bubble bath and stain remover recipes, I’d definitely like to try them out. Thanks! Amy


  14. Amy @ Finer Things
    March 1, 2009 @ 10:02 am

    @Peter Exactly! My extra babysitting cash isn’t going to make us rich, but every little bit helps! It definitely covers groceries. ;-)


  15. Amy @ Finer Things
    March 1, 2009 @ 10:03 am

    Sherry — Oh, I wish there was a way for you to make some cash off of meals… you’re SUCH a good cook! Can it be done “unofficially” by word of mouth for friends and neighbors?


  16. Amy @ Finer Things
    March 1, 2009 @ 10:07 am

    @Jen — You are so right! What a blessing that you are able to celebrate and keep a positive attitude in an otherwise very stressful time. Good for you to have a plan in place. ;-)


  17. Amy @ Finer Things
    March 1, 2009 @ 10:17 am

    @shel I say “go for it” on the gardening. Your kids will have fun with it, too! If you need some resources, my readers have been chiming in on my gardening posts.. check it out!


  18. Amy @ Finer Things
    March 1, 2009 @ 10:20 am

    @Stephanie — I find that discontent festers if I look at too many magazines or surround myself with people who “have more” than I have. Stop it! ;-) Cling to your frugal friends… even if those friends are your bloggy friends!


  19. Amy @ Finer Things
    March 1, 2009 @ 10:22 am

    @BarbaraLee — You are so right. Grandma and Grandpa sure knew what they were doing! I wish they could be the ones running our country. ;-) Amy


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  21. Bonnie
    March 2, 2009 @ 7:09 pm

    Great post !! So many great thoughts. Lots for me to think about !!


  22. David
    March 10, 2009 @ 10:26 am

    Fast food restaurants are a great source for free napkins, salt, pepper, sweetener, ketchup, sugar, coffee creamer, etc. I buy the cheapest item on the menu, then fill my to-go sack with everything I need. It’s not stealing as long as you buy something.


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  24. Lea Ann
    April 11, 2009 @ 6:50 am

    I am later than everyone else to read this, but so glad I did. A very well-timed, insightful article! Thanks.


  25. Jamie
    July 3, 2009 @ 12:01 am

    Great post! I definately needed to come across it that’s for sure!


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