The list of things I could be doing to live frugally and providently is a long one. Between gardening and canning, couponing and sales, hanging laundry and homemade laundry soap, the list goes on and on and on. It seems that there is always something else I could or should be doing.
But, then again, is there? Is it really possible for me to do everything? And even if it is, is it wise?
My dad loved to share this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson with us as children: “That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.” I find in this quote the ability to reach my most provident potential. I can’t be an amazing self-sufficient person overnight, no matter how badly I’d like to be. But, I can get there eventually. In my own journey, I’ve seen great progress. Starting with clearance and dollar stores, adding in coupons, homemade laundry soap, and then to pricebooks and freezer meals, my frugal ability has increased. And I it will continue to do so.
But, only if I am careful to only add another stone to a tower already balanced. So, gardening, canning, and improving my sewing are just going to have to wait. And, when I add another to my tower, I’ll be ready for it.