My parents were frugal long before the practice was eco-friendly. They’d never heard the term “repurposing” but my mother made slips from worn sheets and used tattered clothing as rags. (She told me I was overreacting when I refused to use my dad’s old tighty whities as dust cloths.) My father reused nails, string, cardboard, even the sheet metal from a broken hot water tank. If we needed single use items, we could feel our parents watching us to ensure that we used a sliver of tape or a quarter-sheet of paper towel. Sure, they spent, but they did so based on carefully considered ethics. They put money into a piano, weekly music lessons for three kids, and vacations entirely focused on education.
These days, some of my parent’s methods are downright trendy.
Read the rest of Laura Grace Weldon’s post over at GeekMom.