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More than ever, people are looking for ways to reduce their bills, behave better towards the earth and provide for their own needs! Want to discover how to make your home and life more sustainable? It’s time for “28 Days to More Sustainable Living”!
As human beings, we have many different facets to our lives: work, family, finances, health, education, entertainment, transportation and home.
Most of us compartmentalize the areas of our lives. Making changes in one area doesn’t necessarily have any effect of the other areas. This sort of change doesn’t last very long.
We might start clipping coupons to save money at the grocery store, but if we don’t make good use of what food we already have, what good will that do?
Some may put in a garden, but not take it seriously enough to maintain.
Folks may look for bargains at the stores, but why not just use what we already own until it’s usefulness is gone?
This is why living by “principles” in our lives makes much more sense!
When we’re governed by our own convictions about what’s important to us, the daily decisions we make become easier and more natural.
The mantra from the Great Depression was “Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Last or Do Without” and the people living in 1929 absolutely lived by these words!
When this mantra was coined, Americans were facing some of the most difficult times our nation has ever seen. These 10 years or so of hardship began about 1928.
- We were involved in World War 2.
- The stock market had crashed, leaving people with very little money and no income. Jobs were nowhere to be found.
- Dust Bowls made it nearly impossible to grow food.
- Overseas soldiers were given the priority to receive manufactured food, so Americans were widely encouraged to grow Victory Gardens and keep chickens.
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We live in challenging times ourselves.
The Covid-19 pandemic has taken it’s toll on our economy by closing down businesses across the nation, taking with it hundreds of thousands of jobs!
The financial devastation from this pandemic has reached from Wall Street to Main Street – no one has been immune to this crisis.
Add to this pandemic and financial crisis, social unrest.
We’re seeing riots and protests like we haven’t seen since the 60’s.
I feel like we’re living in 1918 (Spanish flu epidemic), 1929 (Stock Market Crash) and 1969 (Social unrest due to Vietnam War) all at the same time!
Times are tough right now and may continue to become more difficult. Much of what’s happening in the world is out of our control.
However, we do have control over how we choose to live our lives! Our everyday decisions are still ours to make!
I truly believe that this mantra “Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do or Do Without” serves us just as well in the 21st century as it did in the 20th.
These principles kept families afloat and children fed, even during the worst economic time in our nation’s history. There is infinite wisdom here and the principles are timeless!
From my experience, when principles of the home economy are being followed, the budget will fall into line. Financial resilience will then follow.
So, join me for “28 Days to More Sustainable Living! Let’s get started!