Welcome To Pilgrims and Pioneers!

After many years of researching my family geneaology I have been lucky enough to discover actual information about my relatives that lived in the Pilgrim Era and the Pioneer Era- while many people also have realtives from those eras- many do not know their names or where they lived- actually seeing the proof in print makes you much more aware of who they really were.
After discovering these relatives it of course made me curious to learn more about the eras that they lived in and what their lives were like as, the history I learned in grade school had long since been forgotten.
I decided to start this blog for others who are also interested in these eras.
Some of the information here will be actual facts about my realtives and some will be information about the eras in general that I have found on the web.
I hope you will enjoy traveling back in time with me!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Being frugal like our ancestors

Many years ago our Pilgrim & Pioneer ancestors led a much more frugal and "greener" lifestyle than we do today. Of course this was due to the fact that they did not have any choice- there were no chemicals back then or electricity that we so treasure for our modern conveniences.
That being said I do not want to go without electricity or many of today's modern conveniences but I do want to find a way to be more frugal and save money and also to help preserve our planet from all the harsh chemicals we use today and the amount of waste that is filling up our landfills.
I have a few tips on how to save some money and be a "greener person"- I am sure there are many more and if you have some not listed here feel free to post yours in the comments for others to take advantage of.
1. Keep your vehicle well maintained and your tires properly inflated to save on gas.
2.If buying small purchases at the grocery store try using a fabric shopping bag- if you can sew you can make your own- using fabric bags helps cut down on the amount of plastic we use.
3. Make your own glass cleaner from a mixture that is 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water.
4.If you have an expensive item that is not working properly- check to see if having it repaired is cheaper than buying new.
5. Shop local farmer's markets when you can- food is fresher and often grown without the use of chemicals.
6. Recycle and repurpose- when an item is no longer useful for it's original purpose try to think of ways you can recycle it.
7. Pack lunches instead of buying them- this not only saves money it is better for you.
8. Try using generic products instead of brand name- some are just as good if not better.


Dogpatch Primitives said...

Deb, you're sure right about that! we have become a wasteful society, and it seems everything is designed w/ convenience in mind, no matter the cost down the road and to whom.
Thank you for reminding us that we can do little things to help :)


Debra said...

You are welcome Patty!

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