Five Unusual Things I Learned From my Mom
In honor of Mother’s Day, here they are…5 unusual things I learned from my mom:
- How to be frugal – Being frugal is a way of life for my mom. Cutting coupons and doubling, or even tripling, them was only one way she saved money for our family (those were the days). Yes, it’s a little warm in the house on a summer day, but that electric bill will be lower because of it! Instead of turning up the heat, put on more layers. Lights off when you leave a room. Water off while you soap yourself up in the shower. If there are ways to save, my mom practices them daily!
- How to stock up on things – As I said, my mom found the deals! Back in the days when grocery stores offered double or triple coupon days, we would stock up! As a result, we had multiples of everything!
- How to shop clearance areas – Mom enjoys shopping the big name stores like Macy’s. BUT, only shop the clearance racks. There were many Saturday mornings that we would spend a good amount of time in the clearance areas at Hudson’s. It was always exciting for us to find those clothing items that were marked down multiple times!
- There’s no need to follow recipes (at least “not to a T”) – Mom loves to cook but doesn’t like to use recipes. She’s one of those chefs that throws in a pinch of this and a pinch of that. When she uses a recipe, it’s definitely in her own way. Hence, why she can’t make the same thing twice!!
- Always cook enough for a crowd – Growing up there was just the four of us and we rarely had company, still my mom cooked enough food for a crowd. Even today she overcooks for just herself and my dad. It’s a good thing they eat leftovers and have a freezer!
So tell me, is there anything unusual that you learned from your mom?