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Live Simple: More Frugal Money Saving Tips

Updated on September 15, 2012

INTRODUCTION

In earlier articles we pointed you in the direction of living simple. We have discussed the principles behind it and we have discussed the reasons why we think it is crucial that more people embrace this frugal lifestyle.

Now we are going to discuss some very specific ways that you can save money. Some will appear radical, especially to those of you who have grown accustomed to the convenience of modern living. Some you may already do and if so, this round of applause is for you!

Wherever you stand on the “change spectrum,” you can always improve. In order to embrace Living Simple, change must happen. The economic times demand that we take back our lives and quit spending frivolously; take back our lives and get in touch with those things which are most precious, namely time and loved ones. Take back our lives!

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DO IT YOURSELF

In today’s world of instant access on the internet, it is inconceivable why more people don’t do maintenance jobs themselves rather than pay someone to do them. Auto mechanics charge between $70-$100 per hour to do work on your vehicle. The same rates apply for most repairs on appliances, plumbing, and electrical malfunctions.

The love of my life, Bev, changes the brake pads when needed on our Honda Fit. She has never been trained in auto mechanics; rather, she went to the School of Hard Knocks and learned to provide for herself. She gets on the internet, types in “how to change brake pads,” and then does it.

How many out there know how to change the oil on their cars? It is so easy to do that this author can do it. Do you know that I know people who do not know how to change the tire on their car? They would rather pay AAA a yearly fee and have them come out and change the tire. Ludicrous!

COOK IN BUNCHES

It is time-consuming and a waste of money to cook a new meal every night. My mother taught me a valuable lesson early on in my life. Every Sunday she would cook two large meals, and then we would eat from those meals, or variations from those meals, for the rest of the week. You can buy a roast and a turkey and have food enough for at least a week, and you will have only cooked one day.

WASH CLOTHES LESS OFTEN

This will seem like heresy to some modern inhabitants of this planet, but it is not necessary to throw clothes in the laundry after only one wearing. I wear the same pair of jeans for an entire week. Sweatshirts will go weeks without washing. Underwear most definitely one wearing, but there are few other things in our household that get washed immediately after using.

Appliances like a washing machine use an incredible amount of energy, and the more they are used the more likely they will break down. As a matter of fact, the more you wash your clothes the quicker they will wear out.

As for clothes dryers….our family hung clothes out on a clothes line from April through October and man oh man did the clothes smell good. Hardly anyone does this anymore because it is inconvenient. For ten bucks you can buy a clothesline and two hooks; you can use ten bucks in energy doing five loads of clothes in the dryer. You do the math!

LIVE HEALTHIER

Does anyone know what a trip to the doctor costs, or how about a trip to the hospital? If I ask that question to someone who has no medical benefits I’ll bet they will know.

This author has not been to the doctor since 2002; the same for the dentist. If I get the flu I eat chicken noodle soup and drink lots of liquids. If I get a cold I sneeze! I do not get flu shots because I have allowed my body’s immune system to grow strong and do the work it was designed to do.

Above all that, though, is the fact that I live a healthy lifestyle. For most of my life I have been active physically. For most of my life I have eaten responsibly. In other words, I have practiced preventative care to avoid necessary care.

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RIDE A BIKE OR MOTORSCOOTER FOR SHORT ERRANDS

Oh, I can hear the screaming already, but seriously, how much longer do you want to pay the oil companies for gasoline? So much of our car use is for things that do not require a car; a car is merely a convenience for a large percentage of the trips we take.

You can buy a new motor scooter for a couple thousand dollars; you can make up that expense in a year or two while you putt along getting 100 mpg. Better yet, a bicycle costs nothing to operate, and you will be improving your health in the process.

NO MORE SUBSCRIPTIONS

It is beyond me why people still pay for newspaper or magazine subscriptions. Everything you could ever want to know is on the internet. I have friends who have ten magazine subscriptions. Of course, they don’t have time to read those magazines, but they look good sitting on their coffee table.

MAKE STUFF YOURSELF

Again, and I’m going to beat this point into the ground, living simple is, in part, cutting down on expenses and living a frugal lifestyle. We are building a chicken coop for next year. I saw one online that was selling for $400. Are you kidding me? I could go on a vacation for $400! I can find used lumber on craigslist for free and build my own chicken coop for the cost of the screws and wire mesh.

Please understand that I know nothing about carpentry, but I already have two doghouses and a goat shelter under my belt, so a chicken coop doesn’t even register on my concern meter! Come to think of it, with a friend I even built a deck twenty years ago. Heck, I should hire out for those of you who don’t want to do this yourself.

Do it yourself! Those three words can save you thousands and make you feel pretty darn good in the process.

ELIMINATE PAYING INTEREST

This one bears repeating: if you have to buy something on credit then it better be an emergency with no other options. There is a huge difference between need and want, and the sooner you grasp that concept the better.

When I get one of those offers for a new credit card from one of the banks, I take their self-addressed envelope and put cardboard in it and send it back to them. They have to pay the extra postage and it makes me feel good. Win-win situation!

I understand that many people are facing some tough economic choices, and there are times that they feel it is necessary to charge grocery items or medical care. This section is for those who feel they NEED new living room furniture but they don’t have available cash so they charge it. No one needs new living room furniture! No one needs a new microwave! No one needs a new television! Period!

YARDWORK? WHAT YARDWORK?

Next spring millions of Americans will go buy lawn seed, or fertilizer, and they will spend hours working out in the yard, and spend hard-earned cash watering that lawn, and then at the end of the summer they will fertilize again, and….for…..what?

We didn’t water our lawn this summer! Not once! It turned brown and we didn’t have to mow it. Very cool! We will not fertilize it this fall! In the backyard, we are digging up the sod and replacing it all with raised garden beds.

We took a walk around the neighborhood yesterday; we were amazed that every single one of our neighbors had a brown lawn. I love our neighborhood!

My days are limited here on Earth and I’ll be darned if I’m spending even a fraction of my remaining time mowing and watering a lawn. We probably save $100-$200 each summer by not doing any lawn maintenance, and that is money we can spend on much more important items, like chickens so we will have fresh eggs and meat next year.

MORE COMING SOON

Like I have said all along, Living Simple requires a complete alteration in our thinking. Once you have adopted this way of living you will be surprised just how easy it is on a daily basis. In fact, you will start thinking of ways to expand upon your original efforts, and then great benefits will occur.

You will have more money, but just as importantly, you will have more quality time with which to enjoy life and loved ones.

Living Simple…..Frugal Living….The New Revolution…..Make it happen!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Vicki, I don't know a darn thing about gardening in Arkansas. :) I've never canned to tell you the truth, but it's something we will do in three years when we leave our little home and head to the country. I can't wait!

      Thank you Vicki!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I may have read this before, but I came across it again, and it's worth re-reading. I do a lot of this but really need to work on the gardening. I'd like to grow enough and then learn to can it, as Kelly mentioned. Nice hub! Love frugality!

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      By Lori 4 years ago from USA

      You are welcome !

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lori, your opinion and I agree with it and respect it. Thank you!

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      By Lori 4 years ago from USA

      Frugal is good, it never hurt anyone,

      :)

      it adds to a person's independence if they can do it...my opinion anyway. Nice hub.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trinity, the big move in the medical community here is to run blood tests and send you home, telling you to drink lots of liquids and get rest. Of course, the blood test costs much money, and in the end you get better by following the advice we all grew up with....liquids and rest. Duh! My immune system is quite healthy and working well; I don't need a doctor until something completely shuts down.

      I sure appreciate you; thank you!

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      Trinity M 5 years ago

      I’m still amazed at how similar we are. My husband and I cook a whole batch of food every two weeks and we freeze it. We have meals in the freezer to last us a month; we then make salads and sides as needed but it saves us so much time and oodles in electricity bills. As for doctors!!! You know how sick I’ve been and chicken noodle soup and some aspirin have been my staples. I’ve never known a doctor to actually cure the flu! All you get is antibiotics for something that is viral… does this make sense??? Love this series Bill. Hugs to you always.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hello, Pink, that's for the visit! I honestly don't even know what gas is selling for now, but I know it's over four bucks per, and that is a joke....and I'm not laughing. :)

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      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I think biking, walking, etc. is a great way to get places instead of using gas. Especially when gas is over $4.00/gallon!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peeples, when you get old like me it will be much easier to not care about the lawn. :) Thank you young lady!

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      Peeples 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Loved this! Still trying to figure out why we care about having a green lawn! It's one of our downfalls. We grow our food, cook from scratch in large batches, walk to downtown, but we do fertilize that lawn! Makes no sense!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy my dear, thank you! It's always a pleasure seeing you stop by. Yes, I have heard that as well.....write as if you are talking to the readers....excellent advice for all writers, don't you think? Have a wonderful day in Wales and thank you as always.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Well I really thought I had commented here Billy !!! Hmmm this seems to be happening pretty often ha ha!!!It just can't be 'old age' seeing as I am so young ha ha!!

      Actually Billy I will let you into a secret now!!! I feel younger today than I did twenty years ago!!!

      Right that is enough of my waffling!!

      As always another great masterpiece my friend ; someone said to me once "You must write as if you are talking to your readers!!"

      How true is that ?? Oh yes very!!

      However we do get double treats from you Billy as you do the talking as well as the writing.

      Brilliant tips here ;a brilliant article all round and of course here's to so many more to come.

      Take care my dear friend and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Theresa, you just gave the secret away! I don't think up any of this stuff; I just remember back to when I was a kid. Duh!!!! Life does not have to be complicated; it's we humans who insist on it being so.

      Thank you my friend; have a great and frugal week ahead.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PWalker, I always enjoy your stopping by! I barely know you through this medium but you are a person I enjoy greatly. I love that your daughter is doing it herself; that kind of initiative warms my heart.

      Paying interest? It is a killer, and it is getting worse in this country, as people buy necessities now, on credit, and the hole just keeps getting deeper.

      Thank you kind lady, and aloha!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, exactly! Most fix it jobs are relatively easy to do because of the internet. If you have the tools you can pretty much fix 75% of the problems you face.

      Thanks buddy!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great suggestions Billy! Practical and so very doable. What amazes me is that the changes you suggest would have simply been the way 90% of Americans lived 75 years ago. How did we get so sucked into consumerism and debt, debt, and more debt.

      I didn't start making decent money as a professor until 12 years ago. By being careful since then, I have paid off my car, paid off two credit cars, my student loans, a large major medical debt, and finally five years ago, my house. It is amazing the stress and pressure that rolled off my shoulders as I paid each bill off.

      I am not as careful as you and Bev, but I do try and swap out for things that need doing and I certainly know my way around thrift stores. And I learned to make do and re-purpose things when I was young and had three little boys and my husband didn't make much. I wish more people realized that living frugally isn't about privation, its about freedom! Terrific, terrific hub! Theresa

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      Your advice makes SO MUCH sense. I didn't realize how much STUFF I was hanging on to until I was forced by circumstances to unload most of it - definitely a humbling experience but one I needed to learn.

      My 32 year-old daughter has been learning car repair from a mechanic friends of hers. With his help, she has changed her oil, replaced the radiator, and did some kind of repair to the transmission (don't ask me what). She effortlessly replaced the battery in my car and recently changed a tire for me in no time flat. She's my "go to" mechanic for simple repairs and car maintenance.

      As a longtime crocheter and knitter, I started making Christmas gifts several years back. Talk about money saved! The only money I spend is on yarn, and since I have a lot in my "stash," some years I spend very little money on holiday gifts.

      The advice I think is the most important though is to stop paying interest. It will teach you how to buy what you need and save for what you want.

      Great hub, billybuc! Voted up, interesting, useful, and shared.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill -

      More good tips. The web is a goldmine of "How To's" with youtube leading the way. I was able to put a new screen in a sliding door by utilizing the offerings it held. Great Job, My Friend. Keep 'em coming!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I would never expect a lady to give up her shoes and handbags. LOL You can make up for it by saving in other areas, right? It's all about perspective and choices. :) Thank you Jo and I hope you are having a great Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, you are absolutely correct; how insensitive of me! I am glad you pointed that out; even rich people have feelings, right? LOL NOT!!!!!

      Thanks buddy and have a great Sunday!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Silver, I had forgotten about that.....my mom did the same thing and then took the damp clothes down in the basement to dry by the furnace. Thanks for reminding me of that. I'm glad you are doing some of these things; I think we'll see a lot of people following suit in the next few years.

      Thank you my friend; stay warm up north!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made.....LOL......I guess I'll have to wait until you hit it big as a writer. Patience will have to be my virtue in the meantime. :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, some more great ideas. We really must think about what we spend our money on, most of us seem to think we need so many things to be comfortable and happy, but it is amazing what we can live without, when we must.

      Of course, this doesn't include shoes and handbags right? :))

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Thanks Bill for the extra ideas. Some are down to earth and valuable. Not trying to be the devil's advocate, but the economy revolves around spending and consuming; do you think we should punish that 1% by spending less in their credit card scheme and their financial investments in our lives? How are they going to afford for that trip to Pascua Island and Cuidad Cabo in Baja California? Great tips again Sir, but just be considerate with our Wall st. guys and those poor Walmart CEOs.

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      My mother used to hang the clothes outside in winter, too. She wore gloves for sure! She would pin the clothes first in the basket and then just clip them to the line and they would freeze (we are in Canada). After hanging in the sun, she would bring them in and they would be a little damp so she ironed the sheets, pillowcases, tea towels, and my dad's shirts and they dried the rest of the way perfectly. Other things she hung from a line inside by the furnace. It was time consuming but the linens smelled heavenly! We got a dryer to make life simpler - funny how perspective changes, isn't it? People worked much harder at home back then but at least it was for themselves and their families and that makes a big difference. I just love this series and am implementing your advice as much as I can!

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      Bill, I will be knocking at your door some day. I just have to start making money from my writing first, because I don't have a credit card. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the visit Martin!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Few can live a simpler life than me, :))

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vespa, you are very welcome, and thank you for another visit. We follow all of these and I don't think our lives have been negatively altered. :) Winter is coming, though, and we will have to use the dryer again. Sigh!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love this series! DYI, bulk cooking, no buying on interest: it all deserves more consideration. And doctors and pills are definitely over-used in American society. I must admit, you've struck a cord about hanging clothes out to dry. It's so much easier to use the dryer but we could save money by hanging clothes out on the line (which is 3 stories up, but still doable). Thank you for giving us so much to think about. Voted up and shared!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...of course, Paula!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Only the very GREATEST of them.....and of course great minds require huge heads!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, you now know, of course,that I'm thinking about that for a future hub....the gnats of course. LOL

      I agree with you totally....what a surprise that I would agree with you, right? This has to be a complete psychic shift or it won't work. One has to incorporate this, not into daily living, but into daily thinking....or it won't work.

      Great minds do think alike, don't they?

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill...isn't it amazing how people will flock to the "money saving" hubs and read and scream what great ideas!??? This is wonderful and of course I realize you get a ton of traffic all the time and would, even if you wrote a hub on the reproductive habits of gnats.....BUT.....I can clearly recall many friends of mine going on this total austerity program......for about 3 days. It can be shorter-lived than a New Year's resolution.....

      What I've found....seriously....is if you don't make it a habit.....like a simply automatic way of doing things....a reflex to daily living.....it's like a "diet." And we won't go THERE!.....Know what I mean?? ...UP++ What?...you don't think gnats have sex?

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Silver, I never gave any thought to restrictions like that; we don't have them here in Olympia thank goodness. We have some stupid zoning laws that prohibit certain kinds of building, but usually people just ignore those. :)

      Thanks for bringing that to my attention. Great comment and thanks for the kind words.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan, I love it! I don't think I'm up to re-building a car engine but there are few other things I wouldn't try first before spending $100 per hour.

      Thank you and have a great weekend!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great tips Bill and I follow most of them. We very rarely hire anyone to do anything for us. My husband and I have re-built car engines in our driveway. Like SilverGenes says many things are not allowed and I'm thankful that in the city where we live auto mechanics is not disallowed yet in ones own driveway.

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      Another excellent hub and the video is great! I've shared it and am encouraging people to listen. There are some communities out there that do not allow hanging the clothes on a line (London, Ontario, Canada is one) and have bylaws about gardening and lawn care (Drummondville, Quebec makes you have at least 30% useless grass). People are always surprised to discover these laws and this may be the best way to change things - set an example in the home and get active and take it to the community. Humanity and freedom seem to have disappeared together. Thank you for bringing it back to our collective attention!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shoot, Dancing, you are being so very nice to me. Thank you and happy reading....and have a great weekend in the Ozark Mountains!

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      Dancing Water 5 years ago

      What a great hub full of pragmatism and inspiration! If we all listened to our inner wisdom, we would follow your lead, Bill. Wonderful, helpful hub! Now I am going to read all of your earlier frugality hubs!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made.....you MADE my day once again! When are you coming to the States to see me? I want a Finnish hug! :)

      Thank you dear one and yes, you should be glad you found a handy man. I hope you can move into that new house soon.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Irc, well of course you are doing these things.....we are, after all, kindred spirits. :) Thank you dear!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hugs to you Maria, and thank you! It's all about freedom and the time to enjoy life. I'm so happy you are among our simple group......have a wonderful weekend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Manatita; it's always a pleasure having you visit.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sasha, making the lawn smaller is a step in the right direction. :) I love that you did a car repair on your own; keep it up young lady; you'll be doing brake pads like Bev in no time. Thank you my dear!

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      The blushing average human being Bill reaches out to many people with his wise words. That's what makes a difference. Many people can't tell the world about their lives and their future plans like you do. Your personal hubs, your kindness and your generousity make you special and that's why people like you so much. :)

      This will be winter #4 living in a garage and the house isn't finished yet, but I actually already have everything I need. Making plans for the future is exciting. Maybe it's more exciting without much money, because then you have to be more creative to make things work. I'm glad I found a handy man. :)

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      Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Great job again! I'm happy to say I am doing almost all of the hints on this one. Yeah! This is just a wonderful series Bill. Voted up.

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      If folks would just open their minds and adopt even a couple of these tips, there would be even less stress and much more happiness at the feeling of freedom.

      I am a big supporter of shredding those credit cards. I have never looked back once! Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      manatita44 5 years ago from london

      What can I say, Bill,

      One or two things seem extreme but then it's very good practical sense. Well thought out.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      I absolutely love every one of these tips! I just recently did the first bit of maintenance on my own car! The hubber mjkearn was extremely helpful and told me exactly how to change my dead car battery ^_^ Something my husband has paid at least $100 (not including the cost of the battery) for in the past. You are absolutely right... It's a wonderful feeling to do something yourself! The only one I don't do it not caring for the lawn... It's my husband's job and I don't think he's willing to let it go brown... but he has been making it smaller and adding other, useful plants to the front yard.

      Voted a bunch and shared!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes we can Avian (Deb)...if this old guy can do it then anyone can. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it Janine! We all have relatives or friends who know something about fixing things; it really isn't that hard to do and man does it ever save money. I love that your mom does the cooking thing; wise woman. :)

      Thank you my dear; have a great weekend with that great family of yours.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will do that Dianna, and thank you for always being here. Now that we have adopted this lifestyle it has become second-nature; of course, being raised with very little, it wasn't hard to adopt it when I became an adult.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      We have gotten away from doing things that our ancestors did. They did it out of necessity, were healthier, and felt good about their accomplishments. We can, too.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Great article as always. I have to tell you that my mom has done and still does what your mom did with making meals in advance and eating a variation of those meals for the week. Also, my husband just recently had a problem with his car and he googled it just like you said Bev does. He and my dad then fixed the car for a lot less than it would have cost if we brought it to a mechanic. So your article hit home on those fronts alone and you are so very right about being able to save money just with those tips alone. Have of course voted, shared and tweeted too!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Stopping in to vote for this hub's inspiring message on living simple. Keeping healthy by eating right and choosing DYI's when you can is what we live by here at home. Love your raised beds idea, too. We did start a container garden on our back patio, but wish we had the open space to do more -- even raise chickens. Voted up and acrosss. Keep them coming, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith! The thing about the brown yard....we live in the Northwest and it's not like we don't get rain here....we get lots of rain here. It's beyond me why anyone would want to waste water when nature will do that for us; we just have to be patient and it will happen. You are right of course; we are getting wiser about our choices, and that's a lovely thought, isn't it?

      Thank you my dear; have a wonderful weekend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sinea, excellent point you made....more to come! As we ease into this way of thinking, then more comes easily if we are willing. I've been doing the Sunday cooking thing for decades now, and I love the fact that I don't have to cook the rest of the week. Best wishes to you and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I get great satisfaction out of returning that junk mail. Inexpensive entertainment for me! LOL We have a great garden and it's only going to get bigger next year. We had great crops of beans and peas this year, and potatoes....and it has also become our favorite place to sit and relax. By the way, I loved your latest hub on reflections. Well done my dear!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      As usual, great advice my friend! I'm trying to morph into the self sustained mode. I have a crop of pineapples, 2 of which are bearing fruit as I write this. I also grow rosemary and parsley at the moment. I'd like to expand that to vegetables I use often. I have the seed - just need to get off the computer long enough to plant them!

      I'm tickled that you send back your junk mail. I've read the concept many times in emails but don't know anyone who actually does it! Touche to you!

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Bravo! We all need to take a lesson from this advice. I do some of this in small doses with the attitude "more to come"! Change isn't easy. Cooking one day for a week is so sensible. Some people have gotten it down to a science and can prepare and store (freeze?) 5 meals in just an hour's time. That takes great planning and preparation but it can be done! All that time saved. Wow!

      Voted up and useful, billybuc. Good job!

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Hi billybuc, excellent suggestions here once again! The older I get the wiser I am in our choices of want we need, as to what we may have "wanted in our younger days. As my mother would always say, "Waste not, want not." That is so amazing you have not had to go to the doctor in such a very long time! Good advice as relates to that in particular. All those magazines piling up - yes, what's the point, as you have stated here. I stopped that many years ago. LOL on the brown yard and, well, that is sure enough one manner in which to handle that, and when it rains, there you go. Thanks again for the insightful advice on being frugal, which is indeed very timely, especially in these days. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, you were never a young punk, were you? LOL I know I was for sure; thank God I learned a little from those days. You are right, there was that movement and I think we are seeing it grow again; more and more people are seeing the wisdom of living off of the grid....if possible. Thank you and I'll hang with you any old day!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Comfort, nobody wants to face that fact....it's scary for sure...but it is the reality of life nowadays. Those of us who are living this lifestyle will be better prepared for the new era that is coming. Thank you my friend and have a great weekend in Georgia!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Such a fine hub Bill! When a was a young punk in the early 1970's there was a great movement to live off the land and off the grid--I see some of that in this movement toward being more self-sustaining--I am a gardener and we have a veggie garden almost all year long--it helps keep me out of mischief!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donnah, exactly the household I grew up in. There is a great feeling of accomplishment when we challenge ourselves to do something like that....thanks for the memories and great comment.

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      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      I love this hub. I just love to do things myself. I do my wall painting, furniture restoration, and make my own clothes. Buy the fabrics when they go on sale for just over a dollar a yard.

      My teenage kids think I'm just being cheap. I get more satisfaction from it, plus it's using my God given talents.

      And you're right Bill, as you said in the video, 'the worst is yet to come'. I know people don't like to hear it, but it's the truth.

      Voted this up and beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heck, Carol, we are all wasteful; I'm just trying to give people something to think about as an alternative. Thanks as always for dropping by and have a great weekend in Arizona!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Writing, there just might be a connection! :) Thanks for that great comment!

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      Karen 5 years ago from The Garden of Eugene (Oregon)

      I remember when I was a kid, my dad rode his bike to work everyday. I look at pictures of my parents back then and can't believe how thin and fit he was. Don't suppose there is a connection?

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Wow I guess we do spend a lot of money...Never gave it a thought. Now let me see..how many loads of laundry a week? Dishwasher? I think I am feeling a bit guilty. I love your ideas and know you can live well following them Thanks for reminding us of our wastefulness and surprisingly good solutions.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      I grew up in a DIY kind of home. I never remember a repairman coming to our house, as my father fixed and built everything (including building the house we lived in!) I think it makes us stronger more interesting people when we challenge ourselves to do something new before we just pay someone else to do it for us. Voted up and shared. Keep these great, inspirational articles coming :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you MIchelle! You are wiser than I was at your age!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Love the DIY tips!! Sorry to come in late today because I was out earlier! I like not having interest as well, because that usually comes up to way unnecessary cost, so I don't buy things on hire purchase, but rather stuff that I need or will make sure I use. Thanks for the share!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frugal....LOL...I don't "get" her to do anything....she is frugal by her very nature and loves a challenge. I am more than willing to turn that task over to her.

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      FrugalFatCouple 5 years ago from California

      Billy, I forgot to mention that if you can get your wife to change the break pads on the Car? That woman MUST love you~!! Something for me to aspire to~!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There you go again, Made, making me blush. I'm just an average human being who has lived a long life and luckily learned some lessons along the way. I am excited for you, now living in your dream home, and all of the experiences that await you and your family. Sending hugs your way my dear.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frugal.....LOL....yep, underwear must be changed daily. I draw a line right there as far as frugality goes. :) Thanks for sharing about your mother....that is a person I'd love to meet.

      Thank you and have a great weekend in California!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      btrbell, I love garment racks too.....I like your attitude about life....you are a person I will enjoy getting to know. Thank you for the great comment.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      I actually do many of these things. I love the smell of clothes and sheets that have been dried outside! I really need my car, because I use it at work every day. I grow some vegetables every year, and I want those eggs from my chickens too in a few years. I agree with everything in this hub. Every hub you write inspire me to live a better life. Bill, you are amazing! :)

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      FrugalFatCouple 5 years ago from California

      I like that. "Make it Happen". My 86 year old Mother still hangs clothes on the line. And they DO smell great~! Because of where I live I never thought about buying a line myself. But now I think I'm going to do it.

      When it comes to laundry ---you had me scared when you mentioned underwear, then I breathed a sigh of relief when you said 1x wear and then wash. Lol.

      And a chicken coop? I am SO jealous. My mother (again) still has her own chickens with fresh eggs. Smart. Very Smart!!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Love, love, love this hub! As a single mom putting 2 kids through college, I can relate. Laundry is one of the biggest ways to kill 2 birds with one stone. We live in an apartment so I bought a garment rack. I hang my clothes there and it's a natural dry and an amazing air freshener! Thanks for all the great ideas! This is a hub I will be revisiting!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly.....LOL....I would have loved your dad! What a great line; I can hear my dad saying that too....and in all honesty, I think like that when Bev buys something...I just don't say it out loud. LOL I ain't no idiot!

      Thanks my friend; have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzzycue, exactly. I think the reason this is so easy for me is because, like you, I have lived this way for a very long time.....it would be harder for me to live "rich" with many possessions. Now that sounded weird when I wrote it. LOL Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, exactly....the things I suggest were just common practice fifty years ago....this ain't rocket science, but rather just old-fashion logic. :) Thanks buddy!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Now see Bill - I do a lot of that stuff! I live simple for my means I guess. I clean my own home, I garden (grow my own flowers and veggies) then I know how to preserve them also. Canning or dehydrating and I cook a ton, you know:).

      All awesome advice - especially credit cards - those a ridiculous!! If you have to use plastic - better think again - can you afford that? Interest rates keep people paying lifetime payments.

      After I got my first job and bought this great shirt...my dad said, "now how many hours did you have to work to pay for that?" after I realized....?!?! Dam I was making 2 bucks an hour! Lol

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Billybuc. This was a valuable read on frugal living. I have been living like this for years only because my income allows it. I find eating from a garden exciting and there is no better smell than clothes from a line. Great tips.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Excellent tips Bill, back to basics is the key here. Families used to live like this and each person had a part of the responsibility. great job!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lisa, I don't want them to cancel the papers in Tennessee....just in the rest of the country. LOL I love clotheslines...always have, since I was a kid.....and I do agree with you on the uses of newspaper. I was a teacher you know; you have to know I used newspapers for a variety of projects.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Wow! Lots of great ideas, but I do take issue with telling people to cancel their newspaper subscriptions! That's my livelihood! Instead of seeing it as a waste, did you know you can use newspapers to dry the insides of your shoes...clean windows...make paper mache...and even use it to start a nice fire!

      I love this hub! Great job! Thanks for reminding me that I need a clothesline. I've wanted one for years, but never put one up. Is this the year? Hmm...

      Useful and way up!