Save like Nana did. Knowing the importance (and value) of your work.
Nana knew the importance of her work. She was responsible for a lot and could be trusted with it all. Work at home, raising children, household management, gardening, preserving and all a household entails were considered work and they sure were! There were routines to get it all done and I only remember her having a happy attitude. I recall my Pa helped Nan fold the bed sheets. They had to be neat and crisp, she would get on one end and Nan on the other to fold them perfectly. I used to try and mess this up by attacking the middle. On one hand Nan took her work very seriously and she would have been tough to lead astray. On the other hand she did most of it with joy!
Years ago the first time I really detected a negative view of homemaking was an ad on TV. In the ad a woman had made jam and her "friend" mocked her for making it herself rather than buying it. It was a low form of advertising indeed. Later when I had children I found a lot of opposition to enjoying being a homemaker and loving having kids! Surrrrelyy I must want something more? Surely I was wasting my talents! Also surellyyy I hated school holidays and couldn't wait to see the back of my kids!
Thankfully with my family support (and with Laine's Letters which she was writing weekly back then) I knew what my mission was and I treated it as my job/calling/ and put my whole heart into it. All these years later I am beginning to understand just how important that was and still is. A Mother, Grand Mother, Great Grandmother can influence many generations of her family and probably beyond. We are reaping the rewards now of the work my Grand Parents and Mum and Dad.
Anyway ... Nan's time came before anyone told her she was wasting her time, or put her down for making her jams and preserves or cooking from scratch! Now many of the things she did such as carry a shopping basket, washing her napkins and dish cloths, line drying her clothes, mending, growing food, preserving etc are now considered "sustainable" "environmental" and in many cases so much better for the budget! Even so, you will still get people who want to put you down. They actually get upset and abusive over any idea that you would want to save money, prepare for the future, stock a pantry, raise your own animals, grow you own food. You have to ask... WHY do they even care? What business of theirs is it? Seriously... if you encounter opposition or abuse (even thinly veiled insults) from doing anything for the benefit of your family let that send loud alarm bells off and do not be discouraged by them. The point is.. be like Nan and not easily led astray. She didn't have 24/7 advertising, TV and social media telling her she really ought to be online gaming or whatever... but maybe she experienced other kinds of pressures to blow the budget and not get her work done. She just didn't come down in the last shower and she knew the importance of her work.
Aside of being proud of our work I think we need to realise it's value. Back when we did the Vicky challenge I quickly learned just how much my cooking was worth. At that time if I baked three dozen sausage rolls I would check the retail value... and think "holy cow these would have cost $180 to buy!" For a couple of years I did that with everything. My savings per week were mostly over a thousand dollars. This helped me realise how much it would be costing if we bought lunches, bought coffee, got take away, bought gifts and cards, or paid someone to clean my own house and windows and so on....
Whatever we are doing or making we need to know the value. Many of us bake, grown, preserve, repair, do alterations, craft, knit, crochet etc. and sell or gift things. Mostly we WAY undervalue our time and products! I am guilty as anyone on this! I try now to take notice of what things cost in the shops. What people charge per hour for things. Usually I am shocked! When I see prices I often take a photo and let friends/members of The Tuesday Afternoon Club know who the going prices are! I was able to do this last weekend.
6 lightweight veggie bags $33.00
3 re useable fabric food covers $27.50
2 Knitted cotton dish cloths $22.95
6 Linen table napkins $128.00
Pretty tea towels were at least $20 up to $35
Know your worth and know your products worth! I mentioned last week I saw Christmas cakes the size of mine were around $80. I needed to re assess. Do not be insulted or belittled by anyone, know your worth! I am going to make a point to figure out how much I saved on some of my baking and harvesting etc again. It is very easy to totally underestimate how much this is! We do not have to justify ourselves to anyone... sometimes it is just nice to know!