to tightwadery. :)
Because of the nature of our lives, we go through peaks and valleys of financial stability. Depending on many factors, sometimes we have more money than others. I tend to fall into the trap of "we have more money so we spend more money," which really, is not the way all the experts say to live.
So, I've read countless books on saving money, penny-pinching, wise investments, etc etc. Basically, I've discovered that we waste enormous amounts of money. So, we're tightwadding. (Derek doesn't LOVE this like I do, but I actually take great pleasure in recycling aluminum foil).
My all-time favorite book for the aspiring penny-pinching miser is The Complete Tightwad Gazette. It's a compilation of a newsletter written by a mother of 6 in the 90's. While some of the info is outdated, the ideas are still totally applicable. Now, she is a bit crazy, but I just disregard the things I KNOW I'll never be cheap enough to do. (For instance, she uses ripped up panty-hose as pony tail holders, I'll just buy them thankyouvermuch.)
So, we're recycling ziplock baggies and aluminum foil, buying in bulk (thank goodness for my deep freeze) and making things from scratch. (Homemade tortillas are WAY better than store-bought, in case you were wondering) I'm currently trying to figure out how to rig up a clothes line on my back porch. (Did you know that running the dryer once costs between 50 and 75 cents? I do A LOT of laundry...)
Perhaps, it's just because we've moved and since I'm all alone in a strange land, and I need a project. But, for whatever reason, I'm into to it these days.