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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Owning the information

You know what I love about blogs, the internet, books and magazines?

Once you learn a piece of information, you "own" that information. That information becomes part of your knowledge-base. You have it stored away in your mind, to use over and over and over.

You know what I love about frugal blogs and sites?

Learning a piece of information won't just save you money when you use that information, one time. But if you continue to use that same information over and over and over, you save money many times, and often improve the pleasure-quality of your life, many times over. And if you share that information, the amount of savings can potentially be endless.

Yesterday, we talked about the raspberry lemonade that I made for a friend and her children, earlier this week.

If I had bought a bottle of commercial raspberry lemonade, I would have spent $2 on that bottle. And because of the cost, that would have likely been the one and only bottle of raspberry lemonade I would buy this summer. Maybe I would have had 2 glasses of that special lemonade, for my entire summer. Then the raspberry lemonade would be gone.

Because I know how to make my own raspberry lemonade, I can make this special drink 3 or 4 times this summer. And I may wind up having 5 or 6 glasses over the course of the season, for about half of the cost of what I could buy a commercially bottled product, ONE TIME.

I save money, WHILE I add enhancement to my daily life.

And now that you know how to make raspberry lemonade, you, too, "own" this information. Not only will I save a dollar or two every summer, making this, but you will, too. And whoever you teach this information to, will also save, and on and on it goes.

Owning the information -- it's kinda like the saying, "give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for life". All because he could own the information of how to fish.


  1. Good point, Lili. My only problem is remembering to use the information that I own. ;)

    1. Hi Kris,
      Oh, yeah, that can be troublesome!

  2. Again sorry for typos the kindle is special 😃hope to have a laptop soon.

    1. Hi Patti,
      I had to use an ipad for a while, and hated the typing on it. It was so frustrating. I can so relate!

  3. I love the internet too. Recipes, instruction videos, craft patterns, etc. Knowledge is power, it can enhance the quality of our lives. But there is something about a blog, that goes beyond a single instruction. I think blogs, like yours, are mentors. It teaches by example and real life problem solving, In time and by process, we learn creative, frugal thinking skills, which your blog is the best of the those I've read. A recipe box or bunch of instruction videos can't teach that. They are just tools in a tool bag.

    On a related note, I know it is boring sometimes for our 12 year old granddaughter to shadow how we live in our frugal household. But I tell myself that one day, she will look back and recall how we did things. Yesterday, we needed a pair of knitting needles since she wanted to learn how to knit. So we checked out the thrift stores first because I've seen them there before. But no luck. I knew there was a chance we wouldn't find it, but I explained to her that we should check there first just in case. I think, the more we shop at thrift stores, the more she's apt to do the same when she is an adult. Because of the busy work schedule at their household, our daughter doesn't have time to live as frugally as we do. I see lots of money being wasted because they don't have enough time.

    Have a nice day!!


    1. You can make homemade knitting needles by sharpening dowel rods ... you would have to use one of those measuring tools to figure out the size of the needles (sticking the needle through the hole), but for learning purposes, it would work.

    2. Hi Kris,
      For a brief moment, I thought of dowels or chopsticks attached to a string in between (like those circular knitting needles), but we ended the shopping day at Wal-Mart where we bought a set of three needle sizes. However, for myself I may try that, and later show her what can be done. Thanks for the suggestion!


    3. Hi YHF,
      It sounds like you're having a grand time with your granddaughter this summer! I hope she enjoys the knitting!

  4. I'm with Kris. I have all kinds of information tucked away in my brain that I've learned from you and others. If I could only remember to use it. Actually, I think that's the key. Once I use it, it's usually mine forever.

    1. Hi live and learn,
      Oh yes, I get your point. there's something about putting information into use that seals the information into our minds.


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