THE "TIGHT TIMES" FRUGAL NEWS. HOW TO TRAIN CHILDREN to be aware and frugal. Awareness is more important than frugality but they go together. You want to teach a child to be aware of how the economy is evolving, how much things cost bought retail or bought carefully. You want to explain to a c hild that POSSIBLY there's a recession COMING-at-us. Budget shopping and a lot of 'DIY' would be important lessons. Consider variations on the below, simple "HOUSE RULES for FRUGAL CHILDREN/ TEENS"
1.) You made it, you gotta finish it. By that we mean, you opened that can, cooked up that huge batch, made it, it's double down huge, it's enough for ten people, --either YOU EAT IT all or get a group to eat it now. That food cannot sit there in the fridge for a week as it will be wasted. Every single time you make a bowl big enough for a BABY HIPPO and leave half there on the table, YOU GET TO figure out a recipe, cook it, serve it and FRIDGE the rest to eat cold as salad. Meaning, that is your next few meals. You may not throw food away. You may not leave a sauce pan full of some meal you made for yourself which is enough for two or three. UNLESS you have two or three of your siblings to eat it. If not, SARAN WRAP, FRIDGE and chum, that's your NEXT MEAL! That will teach the child to eat a snack that comes in a "ME-SIZED" package. That might be dates and walnuts. Open the big 32oz. yogurt, pour a few spoonfuls into your bowl, carefully replace the yogurt in fridge. Now, add your flavor, from the jam pot or honey jar. If they open a honey jar and leave top off... they get the cost of a new honey as ants will destroy it. If they open a can of beef and bean chile, and nobody else wants the other 2/3rds of that can, it's waste, it's costly. We can no longer do that. These aren't the 50's. These are TIGHT TIMES
2.) ETERNAL STAIN UPON YOUR SHIRT! See a child with a chin dribble? Tell him: "That berry stain on your shirt could have been removed in the first minute of your doing that sloppy eating. Realize that stains SET with a few minutes time? That shirt cost (x.amt) and you now are going to go without x amt of spending on treats and clothing until the REASONABLE LIFE SPAN of that shirt has passed. It doesn't count for me that NOW you can wear it when you paint the house as you don't paint the house! SLOPPY EATING isn't to be tolerated when you have a 12$ tshirt on, or a 15$ dress shirt. Note that You have a hand and a mouth. Those are the only tools involved in eating. CHESTS are not part of the meal! NOW, give them a lesson in SPOON CONTENTs and how to move a spoon a foot from plate to mouth. CHIN DRIBBLES 101, GRABBING AN OLD TOWEL from Mom's RAG STASH; NAPKIN USE, STAIN REMOVAL. DIRTY HANDS carry stains. And GRASS STAINS and oh yes, REMOVING STAINS http://www.masterjules.net/stain.htm
3.)THE LIFE AND CARE OF TENNIS SHOES- Happy Feet, Thrifty feet
Nikes and Adidas leather tennis shoes cost an armful, or legful. How do we
clean them? Standard method is to take the strings out and soak them in 5%
bleach water, then throw the shoes in the washer with an old towel or 2.
Let air dry not DRYER as then, they shrink!
To clean white leather tennis shoes take a Pure-aid (that's a generic
clorox clean) eraser block and get it wet and rub off dirt. It makes them
look new again.
Use Westley's Bleche-Wite for whitewall/blackwall tire cleaner. It's in the
auto department at Walmart's. You spray it on, come back in about 5 minutes
then rinse. The tennis shoes will just about glow in the dark. My mom
always asks if my 4 year old tennis shoes are new! Always! Sometimes, I
WILL use a toothbrush to clean around the seams. And the shoes dry in no
time. I love that stuff.
Want to clean out those USED second hand thrift store SHOES? For 2ndhand
shoes - apply medicated footpowder/spray - put in and then turn over the
shoes to get the powder onto the inside top lining of the shoes. That way
you can short-circuit athlete foot fungus - If it does appear - & the shoes
are leather - treat the shoes as you would your feet with anti-fungal
cream. OR PAINT THE SHOES with the new TENNIS SHOE ART!
4.) THE CARE AND FEEDING OF THE CLOSET- There is a lot of wild life in a
closet. MOLD AND MOTHS come to mind. We all need a winter clothing area
with MOTH BALLS that do not release toxic fumes into a room where people are. So kids have to be encouraged to BAG UP out of season clothing, throw in ONE
mothball and seal the bag with a tight rubber band. Put in a box and MARK THE BOX "SKI COAT, SNOW MUFFS, SCARF, GLOVES. When a wool coat costs 50$ you don't leave it in back of closet all summer for moths to eat. Leave one wool
scarf or something or other, scrap fabric, in closet all year to show them the bites!
THE MOLD FACTOR- Anything damp from the pool cannot go in closet. Any clothing wet with sweat cannot be returned to a clothes hanger. SWEAT goes immediately to the WASHING MACHINE area or the CLOTHES HAMPER which has breathing spaces on it. Show the kid why it's made with holes. Explain it to them.
SHOES that are sweaty and muddy stay in the SUN in the MUD ROOM or on
a window sill if there is one, or a SHOE TABLE outdoors by common agreement.
TO air-dry. ON THAT TABLE: MUD BRUSHES. Rags.
DO NOT TRACK MUD INTO THE HOUSE. When you vacuum, have them look at the contents, how much mud works its way into the house and unfortunately with no SUN to sterilize it or DEW to damp it down once a day, it becomes inhaleable DUST. So out doors is way cleaner!!!
5.) EATING OUT WILL BECOME EATING IN FOR THE DURATION OF THIS RECESSION.
a.) BURGER 101- Mom, it's your job to keep child-sized 4 oz burger patties twixt wax paper in a special package that you created out of multiple slices of sale ground beef, and show them how to remove slices desired from freezer, fry them at low temp on an oiled heavy iron skillet. Show them where the buns are in freezer. How to toast, Where mayo, mustard, catsup is. Help them cut the lettuce and tomato. They are honor bound to fish out the pickle slices with a fork, (no fingers!) Reward them when they assemble a burger on their own. Keep track of their cooking efforts so that you can reward with praise. Each pattie cost 30c. Compare that to 3$ each would cost at the fast food place. Cooking skills are important and Mummy will be giving lessons! Imagine looking down the hallways of time and seeing your children growing up with superb culinary skills and huge savings accounts for downpayments on property and paying down mortgages in double time.
FRIES: Homemade french fries don't have to be messy or high in calories, and they
don't need to be fried twice in a gallon of oil, as most recipes suggest.
For perfectly simple home-cooked fries for four to six people, pour 1/2 cup of peanut oil into a large skillet, but--this is important--do not turn on the heat. Stir in 2 pounds of raw potatoes cut into strips, salt with your home made thyme, cumin, celery seed, paprika, salt FLAVORING JAR which you keep in the old spice island bottles.. Now turn the heat to medium-high and cook until golden brown, about 30 minutes.
These slow-cooked fries absorb only about 1 tablespoon of fat per serving--much less than most people slather on a baked potato via butter or sour cream and less than twice-fried pomme frites!
ANOTHER RECIPE using the OVEN:
NO MORE SOFT DRINKS EVER
MAKE a pitcher of lemonade or grapefruit-ade every day 7 days a week, Healthy and replaces costly tooth destroying COKES. If you have teens, make trays of lemon cubes in Lemon season, Lime cubes. My juicer strains out seeds which I instantly plant as you must plant citrus seeds fresh and damp. Juice goes into the ice cube tray, not a metal one! METAL LEECHES into acid so use a plastic ice cube tray. Bag cubes up when they're frozen hard. The child takes a cube, drops it in water, adds a teaspoon of honey, stirs for a bit. Voila instant healthy ice cold lemonade And if they can't finish the glass, fridge it. Later it's there. It's a good thing!
GRENADINE- My tree gives dozens of pomegranates. I juice on the elec. orange juicer machine, boil with sugar and get a syrup which I put in my old, glass tamari or catsup jars. Add to my citrus juices.
6) PRIVATE SCHOOL VS. PUBLIC
Private Schools cost about 5k a year. Per child. If a parent sticks junior in regular public school and finds extra curricular books at a library and pays the child to read them & bone up on interesting subjects on the PC, you'll find you are raising a super bright, well educated child for zero $ a month whereas the private school was 400$.
You will have 5k per child extra for your family's college education fund. And he/she WILL QUALIFY with that kind of home feeding.
7.) STAY-CATIONS - Get a plastic POOL ON SALE, those big ones with steel
siding are only 69$ at summer's end. Get a slip and slide. Give really festive parties Saturdays, Sundays, barbecues, swim fests, rented movies. Pinatas. Save thousands on gas, no traffic accidents, no car breakdowns. What's not to like? Screen GOONIES, LOST BOYS, the FLICKS KIDS LOVE. WATERMELON! Get a POPCORN POPPER that works on plain corn, from scratch, not costly microwaveable packgs with heavy transfats and toxic HYPERSALT. Get REAL SOFT DRINKS one or two days or better yet, HAWAIIAN PUNCH MIX as
these do make a staycation special. Best of all is plant lemon/ lime trees. Every AM juice a dozen and add sugar, stir, add water, ice cubes, maybe an envelope of Kool-Aid too, but the real citrus for vitamins. Put pitcher full of ice cubes with it, in the fridge. Second best is buy citrus on sale. FLOAT a few peels in the mix. (Churned lemonade especially delicious for that reason.)
8.) VOW THE CHEAP LIFE and let them see it:
A.) If I want cookies pie, cake, fudge I bake 'em or make it myself! Mom helps. Eyeball the recipe. So they can make it from scratch without a recipe.
B.) Let the car sit. Bike to market with two beach bags on handlebars. Obviously no l0 lb bags of cheap chicken or cat litter on THOSE days.
C.) Get on those FREE SEED sharing online thingies and grow every single veg I eat myself. Salad, fresh, garlic, fields of it, no 2 for a buck PRICE TAG!
D.) No more costly Unisom sleeping tablets, instead a midnight salad of iceberg with my fave ranch dressing at bedtime --full of opiates, I sleep like a fish in a soft river, and I actually dream in chinese. No withdrawal from sleep meds, and it's way better quality sleep and no dry mouth as those tablets are an antihistimine
E.) Buy no catfood, cook everything from scratch on sale 69c lb chicken quarters,
http://www.masterjules.net/catfood2.htm and garden greens.
F. Skim the broth I boiled that cat chicken meat in, fridge soup, pick off layer of fat with big spoon & quarts of fat result, Then make SOAP
G.) Sunset movies half price. Wait til DVD, half of that!
H.) bag lunch every single day all family members unless schools' givin' it away, http://www.luckinlove.com/brownbag.htm
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