Since moving to New Hampshire a few years ago, I have been amazed by so-called Yankee frugality—and money-saving acumen.
The word frugal can have a negative connotation in today's world but it really means "economic in the use of resources," according to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. It's quite common for my neighbors to sun-dry clothes, give gifts wrapped in the funnies, and wear clothes with patches.
Of course, you don't need to live in my neck of the woods to live simply and economically. It's a state of mind—and one that many Old Farmer's Almanac readers seem to share. I'm always delighted by many of our readers' suggestions on how to better clean, garden, and live. It's full-circle learning.
I thought that you all might be interested in this quote from the American Antiquarian Society:
"If the almanac had a comprehensive subject, it was: How to get through life. The otherwise dissociated miscellany . . . (is) rather like that forming the contents of a person's mind as he gets through life each day."
So, how do you pinch pennies—ah-hem, oh, ur—I mean, live simply and wisely? What's your best easy, unusual, or wacky money-saving tip? Please share!
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Catherine, our New Media Editor, joined The Old Farmer's Almanac in 2008. She edits content on both this Web site, Almanac.com, and the companion site to The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids publication, Almanac4kids.com. She also pens the Almanac Companion enewsletters and keeps up with readers on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!