Today’s tip comes from the Amish (I think)… I’ve been challenged by this saying quite a bit over the last couple of years. I grew up in a family that didn’t really want for anything. If I wanted a new _____________, I’d just go get it… even if I had a perfectly good one at home. Here’s the saying…

Use it Up
Wear it Out
Make it Do
Or do without

My son recently got Spiderman swimsuit in a hand me down bag. The label said it was the right size, but the elastic had been worn out by the previous owner so it just would not stay up on my little guy. We were using a safety pin to hold it on, but that got lost. We are at the beach this week and I thought… well… I’ll just get him a new suit… no big deal. But… it would have been like $8.99 at Target… and for us, that’s money that should be used elsewhere. I was in process of convincing myself to buy the boy a suit when I remembered that I had brought my sewing basket with me on the trip. Fifteen minutes and a few stitches later, tada! The suit was ready for use. It stood up to crashing waves in the ocean and cannon balls in the pool.

Now… before you go thinking, “How can they afford a week at the beach, but not a swimsuit?”… You should know that we are staying for free in my parents beach condo. My husband is painting the condo and the kids and I are reaping the benefits!

How will you save money this week? I’d love to hear your tips… weelittlemonkeys (at) gmail (dot) com.

Money Saving Monday- A Lesson from the Amish

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