Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Start of Something Frugal

So, I've got this idea that has been kicking around inside my head for awhile. 

It started because I obsessively read the "Save $10 a week!" and "How to do XX on the cheap" and "Go Green and Save" articles that cross my computer screen.

Great, huh? You'd think that this would be a good thing, and that I would have learning a tidbit or two. And, you are right. I think I learned exactly that. A tidbit or two... like, I didn't know before about of babysitting clubs/pools. But, all of the information to save on groceries and other daily sorts of chores, or to make extra money, was old-hat to me. I know a lot of those tricks. 

Anyway, the point is that when I read a lot of these articles, I am left feeling like it was the last assignment given out, to a person who really wanted to write something else more "interesting," and so the article was thrown together, minutes before deadline, with minimal research. OR - that a lot of the ideas bandied about, while good ideas in of themselves, are geared towards very comfortable middle class people, for whom tightening one or two notches on a relatively roomy belt is enough. That is not exactly where I am.

I could be wrong. I could be very wrong. It could be that for a lot of people, the whole price per unit or price per ounce verses price for the whole bottle of XX IS a revelation, every two weeks. [If so, go Mom, thanks for teaching me!]

At any rate, I have spent too much time stewing over this [aren't there better things in life on which to spend my energy?], and complaining to friends about how inane this week's "Save Money Now!" is. I've thought that I could write these articles at least as well, and perhaps be a bit more informative.

I could also chronicle my experiments with things like quilting, making freezer jam, pin-curls, and generally trying to do more to help myself, my family, and also, my planet. 

A few things make me nervous about this:
1) Do I really know enough that 'teh internetz' won't just blow me out of the water with frugal-fu after a week or two?
2) I'm an introvert, and rather a private person, yet lookin' to voice my opinion all over the internet, with nary a friend-lock to protect me?
3) Will I be able to sustain such a blog, with interesting and relevant information?
4) Would anybody read?

So, I put it to you: would you?

In case it matters, I would start another blog specifically for this. In the mean time, I figured I'd use what I have to see if this concept could get off the ground.

1 comment:

  1. I say GO FOR IT! I love to learn new frugal tips - we are a one income family, so anyway to save money is always a bonus.

    I do have to agree with you tho' that a lot of what I read on the internet I already know, but I appreciate it getting posted because I figure there may be a lot of people out there that don't - so it is valuable to them. [I am old that's why I know so much. heehee]

    Good luck!