Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Simple Blessings ♥ Week Five

 Welcome back to Simple Blessings.  This is Week Five, the last in the series and I will be chatting a bit about old fashioned living.

This is a series that I have shared each Wednesday in March.  I have shared my thoughts on simple every day things that bring love, joy, peace and contentment to the days in our little cottage.

Many years ago I came across this saying that was very common during the Great Depression, a time when things were scarce, very hard to come by and everyone learned to be a bit more frugal, thrifty and learned how to become creative.  

These are a few thoughts of mine to share with you.

Whenever possible, we use up what we already have before buying something new.  We try not to let anything go to waste.  Before we throw something away, we make sure that it cannot be used for something else.

Instead of throwing away stained or faded items, we use them to work in or we make them into cleaning rags.  We find if we buy quality goods that they will wear better and longer.  We make sure that we get the full use out of those things that we have.  Taking care of what we have will make our goods last much longer.  Getting the most for our dollar does not mean paying the lowest price.

We fix it rather than toss it.  We try to repair rather than replace.

 Doing without simplifies our life and certainly helps with our budget.  Being thankful for what we have helps us to do without "stuff" that we don't need.  Contentment helps us as well to not buy "stuff" just to be buying.  

I love this saying and try to follow it as we live simply in our little cottage.  We are thankful for simple living and for all of the simple blessings that simple living brings.

Thank you to each one for sharing your thoughts on my Simple Blessings series.  You all have warmed my heart.

Sweet Pleasures and Simple Blessings.


  1. Good Afternoon, Teri. This has been an enjoyable series. These are all good tips today. We try hard to not be wasteful. We are fortunate to live near some nice thrift stores and buying books to read for a dime a piece, and slightly used baby blankets to line the cats' beds with saves us money over the course of a year and supports local charities. I hope you have a very enjoyable afternoon.

  2. Very nice post! Such a great reminder. "Getting the most for our dollar does not mean paying the lowest price." This has been hard for me to learn. My husband has always lived this way, but I was raised to buy cheap, cheap, cheap! Feeling guilty buying the better quality!
    But he has been right and it does pay off.

  3. Teri, I hate to see this series end. :( I hope you will be able to do another series in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

    My in-laws and my parents grew up during the depression. My parents didn't really talk much about it, but I loved to sit and listen to my father-in-law's stories and my mother-in-law's as well. They knew how to be saving. They both worked on the orchards and made very little money, but they knew how to save...everything from clothes to money.

    I learned a great deal from my mother-in-law about these things you've listed. One of the things she would say every year is, "If you have it in the garden you'd best can or freeze it because you never know what next year will bring." I've never forgotten that and have lived by it.

    And you are so right...doing without does simplify life...and it teaches me to be content with the things that I have...I think I even enjoy what I do have even more as a result of it.

  4. My parents both grew up during the depression, so I am very familiar with this way of life. I grew up with the philosophy, shied away from in my teens and very early twenties, but have now come back around to this way of thinking. I could've saved myself a whole lot of money and time decluttering if I hadn't strayed. I am much more content now, with less and a return to a simpler take on life. I guess it's true, momma does know best! ;)

  5. I love that old saying, Teri. Oh, but it's so contrary to popular culture. I enjoy living simply and find I really can "do without" quite often without hardship. One thing about living in a tiny town and a remote county, there's not much here to tempt me to open my wallet. Well, maybe just at the thrift stores. LOL I've really enjoyed this series and hope you'll share more of your ideas/tips/etc. with us in the future. Hugs, Nancy

  6. Oh Teri, I have loved this series. Thank you for sharing this. I strive to live a simple life, and continue to grow in being frugal in all areas of my life. This series was such a blessing to me. I love your blog. Hugs. Juli

  7. Hello, Teri - my Mother used to say that often, and now I know where the saying comes from! She lived through the depression as a little girl and I'm sure her Mother said it to her. I always thought that the more you have, the more you have to take care of, and so I try to limit my wants. I actually hate shopping, so that helps! I do like flea markets, garage sales and thrift stores, though :) When I get tired of something, I just donate it back! I love this motto and try to live it, too. It means respecting your hard-earned money and don't contribute to the waste filling up the landfills. Also, who wants to spend precious time taking care of all that stuff!?! Loved this series, Teri. A lovely way to live life! Hugs xo Karen

  8. We can learn a lot from the practices of simpler times. I learned a lot of this from my own parents who were very practical and frugal in their own way. I think these lessons are good for the heart. It keeps us humble.
    x Beca

  9. I resonate with a LOT of this. Or at least, I'm working on it! Things can pile up very quickly in our RV space, so we try to be frugal in what we add, careful about the things we toss, I do a lot of sewing repairs to jeans and clothes, and old tee shirts become yard/boat rags. And if I can't make it out of what I've got, I generally do without. It's a good and practical way to live! I've really enjoyed reading through this series of March posts. Looking forward to April! :)

  10. I always love visiting you here, Teri...
    It is so cozy and warm.
    Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

  11. This has been an excellent series Teri, and that quote you shared is a treasured one of mine too. Since downsizing from a 2000+ sq ft home to our current 780 sq. ft home two years ago, I had a lot of "stuff" that simply would not work in our home. So I gave a lot of it away, had several yard sales and tossed things too that were of no use to anyone. I have to continue this mindset now, because with our small space, even going to yard sales/thrift stores don't tempt me much anymore - where will I put it? I ask myself that question a lot. I think life is much simpler, and more enjoyable with less, than with more, of course quite contrary to this world's perspective in general. I always look forward to a visit with you, and hope that spring is coming for you in Kansas :)

  12. Great series!
    It's so comforting to know others have the same ideas about Faith, family and fun.
    Have a great weekend. Will you be working in your garden?

  13. Kathy in IllinoisApril 1, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    We definitely follow that saying, Teri, although there's not much we do without! My dad was a very frugal person and I learned much from him. You have has such sweet posts and I look forward to EVERY ONE!! It's a beautiful spring day today so we will be outside cleaning off the perennials. Hope you and Bill have a lovely day.
    God bless, Kathy

  14. Another wise and wonderful post, Teri. I think that, on the whole, many things today are not as well made and not made to last. I have an album of photos inherited from my grandparents that is more beautifully preserved than any photo I've ever had developed.