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Our families by the way of both parents having to work outside of the home to pay for big loans and mortgages. Our health by the way of fast, convenient, processed foods since there is no one at home to prepare a homemade meal. Child, wrote in I have to admit, I have had to use my dictionary on quite a few words. I thought it would be fun to share some excerpts from her book.

The American Frugal Housewife by Lydia Maria Child

The consideration which many purchase by living beyond their income, and of course living upon others, is not worth the trouble it costs. More than that, it is wrong—morally wrong, so far as the individual is concerned; and injurious beyond calculation to the interests of our country. To prove whether they are good or bad, hold the large end of the egg to your tongue; if it feels warm, it is new; but if cold, it is bad. For many of us, it means living in smaller homes, within our means, and frugally.

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It makes for a sweet and happy life for our kids, our husbands, and ourselves. Diana is a mother of three, proud wife, and humbled daughter of God. She finds the most joy meeting with Jesus in her organic gardens. She is completely blessed to be able to call herself a stay at home mom where she home educates her children, joyfully serves her husband, and cooks nourishing, real food, for her family.

I am always thinking of ways to be creative and use what I have, especially with food. My dad is great at being frugal and I learn much from him.


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I was wanting to try that Mare! Reuse various things. By , the popular tract was already in its 12th edition.

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Thus began a long tradition of domestic advice manuals written by and for American women. The American Frugal Housewife is a true gem of literary history, and I strongly encourage you to peruse it yourself on google books.

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The book, like a lot of the first domestic advice manuals, aims to teach women how to organize a home in the most efficient manner possible. Life, she reminds us, is mostly unromantic, and the sooner we teach that to young women, the better. There, she writes:. That a mother should wish to see her daughters happily married, is natural and proper; that a young lady should be pleased with polite attentions is likewise natural and innocent; but this undue anxiety, this foolish excitement about showing off the attentions of somebody, no matter whom, is attended with consequences seriously injurious.

It promotes envy and rivalship; it leads our young girls to spend their time between the public streets, the ball room, and the toilet; and, worst of all, it leads them to contract engagements, without any knowledge of their own hearts, merely for the sake of being married as soon as their companions.

When married, they find themselves ignorant of the important duties of domestic life; and its quiet pleasures soon grow tiresome to minds worn out by frivolous excitements. The evil increases in a startling ratio; for these girls so injudiciously educated, will, nine times out of ten, make injudicious mothers, aunts, and friends; thus follies will be accumulated unto the third and fourth generation.

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Young ladies should be taught that usefulness is happiness, and that all other things are but incidental. With regard to matrimonial speculations, they should be taught nothing! Leave the affectations to nature and to truth, and all will end well. When she talks about the injudicious mothers, and the accumulation of follies, all I see in my head is that perfectly depicted character, Mrs. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighborhood, the truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.

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