Housekeeping: Old-School Living With Less

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Old-school housekeeping has really allowed me to go back to basics. In fact, I’m feeling very much the 1950s housewife! I’ll bet even my lovely Mum wouldn’t have done this when we were small and they were hard up.


Tip #1. Only Withdraw Cash for the Grocery Shopping: Old-School Housekeeping

The old-school housekeeping game has been upped by not taking my debit card with me when I go shopping. This means it isn’t there as a back-up if I overspend. The embarrassment of not being able to pay for my shopping or putting things back when there’s a long queue? That seems to be enough of an incentive and it reduces impulse buys.


Tip #2. Keep a Cash Pot in the Kitchen: Old-School Housekeeping

This is such a simple thing. But it’s really focussed my mind on what I really need rather than nice to have or impulse buys. Those stay at home Mums of yesteryear really had this old-school housekeeping down to a tee. Having a menu of meals in my head rather than a list of items is really effective instead of bulk buying for a nuclear winter!

I’d be lying if I said it was always easy, but reminding myself I only have to wait a week to buy more groceries stops me from over-purchasing and I have a much clearer idea of what’s actually in our food cupboards.


Tip #3. Rollover Week: Old-School Housekeeping

What I’ve also found really effective is a weekly rollover which must surely be the most classic old-school housekeeping trick. So, whatever I’ve not spent I keep for the following week and just withdraw the difference (or keep for a treat sometimes).


Old-School Housekeeping: these old adages have also kept me on the straight and narrow….

  • A bargain ain’t a bargain unless it’s something you need.  [Sidney Carroll, A Big Hand for the Little Lady]
  • Spend within your means
  • “There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means.” [Calvin Coolidge]
  • “Houses are full of things that gather dust.” [Jack Kerouac]
  • “What is the use of a house if you don’t have a decent planet to put it on?” [Henry David Thoreau]
  • “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” [Boyd K. Packer]

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