Take breastfeeding for example. Tanya hit the nail right on the head with her blog titled I Am Lazy Therefore I Breastfeed. You really cannot get more lazy than laying on the couch and pulling down your shirt to feed your baby. Sure I could take the high road, sit here and recite all of the facts to you about how breastmilk is the perfect food for baby or list all of the health benefits both mom and baby receive but honestly those are just perks to me. I am lazy and breastfeeding allows me to do the most minimal work possible to feed my baby. If I could feed my whole family just as easily I would. Its like the staples Easy button. CLICK and baby is fed.
I had never experienced formula with my own children until Monkey was 5 months old. Before they were all exclusively breastfed. I had heard all the stories about how formula was easier but told myself I wanted to do what I felt was best for my babies, even if it was the harder path. Imagine my surprise when I had to switch Monkey over to formula after my supply dried up. I could not believe the amount of work there was involved with formula. The measuring the water, making sure it was the right temperature (Monkey refused cold bottles, she was used to warm booby milk on tap and wanted nothing less). Measuring out the formula, cleaning the bottles and the nipples, remembering to pack everything before leaving the house, having to actually get out of bed every time she awoke at night to make a bottle for her. What were these moms talking about? This was so much more work to me.
My frugal side kicks in with this as well, formula and bottles are so expensive. Breastfeeding is free. Hmmm, that's a tough choice there.
I absolutely loathed having to get out of bed 2-3 times a night to make her bottles, which brings me to another of my crunchy ways that comes more from a lazy standpoint than anything else. We co-sleep/bed share because I am lazy. Why get out of bed, go across the hall to a nursery, pick up the baby, feed them in a chair, sit there until they are done and back to sleep, put them back in the crib, go back to your bed and try to fall back to sleep only to do it all again a few hours later. With a newborn, you are lucky to get 1-2 hrs of sleep in between each waking so I am all about trying to cut that waking time to a minimum. Having baby in bed with me means I reach them faster so they are less worked up and awake. Plus I am able to keep myself in the sleepy state easily so that I can quickly fall back to sleep. Those 7 months when Monkey was on formula were the hardest and most sleep deprived months of my life. Easily worse than the first few months with a newborn. By the time I got everything done for her, even though she was old enough to hold the bottle and feed herself, it would still take me a minimum of 20-30 minutes to fall back to sleep. Sometimes I would be awake for hours and finally start to drift off just about the time that she awoke again.
Why is recycling frugal? Simple, our family, a family of SIX makes an average of 1.5 bags of trash per week, with 3 in diapers (but that's also due to cloth diapering). So I can buy a box of 20 garbage sacks and they last us about 3 months. This may seem like pennies but can add up over time. I dream of the day that they start charging for garbage removal services based on the pounds or even number of bags you have. We all know that day is coming, many cities already place a limit on the number of bags allowed and charge extra fees if that limit is exceeded I am sick of paying the same amount for trash removal as the Jon Does down the street who have 6-8 bags of trash a week with a family of 4. Plus it would just be nice to give others an incentive to recycle as well.
UNPaper Toweling is something I have been doing for years now, way before the cloth diapers, before we had kids even. Its something my grandma always did and I did not even know it had a name until recently. If you are not sure what UNpaper toweling is, its exactly what it sounds like. Its using reusable/washable towels in place of paper towels. I have different "levels" of towels in our home, this covers wash cloths too. Tier 1 towels are for drying off after showering. Tier 2 towels are used for washing and drying dishes as well as to wash little faces and hands after particularly messy meals such as spaghetti. Tier 3 towels are used for misc household cleaning and most spills. Tier 4 towels are the bottom of the the tower, they are used for the particularly yucky jobs such as cleaning pee or poo off floors or scrubbing out vomit. The towels get passed down through the tiers as they go. Once they are at the bottom they stay there. If you are asking yourself why Tier 4 towels are necessary you are obviously not a parent.
We also use Tier 2 for eating purposes. I do have a few cloth napkins but find they are really more for decorative looks than anything else and do not do a particularly good job of wiping up things or cleaning off messy fingers.
The cheap gerber cloth diapers you can find at places like Walmart and Target make GREAT UNpaper Towels for cleaning purposes.
For a whole list of wonderful things you can do around your house with just baking soda check out Job Description : Mommy's blog entitled Baking Sodas Many Mommy Uses
This summer I plan to install a clothes line. Or should I say I plan to have the hubby install a clothes line. This is definitely not for lazy reasons as I am sure taking the time to hang clothes out to dry will be a tad more work. This one stems purely form my frugal side. Its a "2 bird with 1 stone" frugal venture. It will save us money not running the dryer in the summer which costs electricity not just to run but also to cool the house back down from the heat it creates. It also is proven to extend the life of your clothes meaning more wear out of them. Plus the sun is awesome for naturally bleaching out stains, I learned this with cloth diapers.
I enjoy living a simpler life though, I am not into material things and I really dislike giving my money away all the time. I enjoy all of the benefits that come along with the choices that I make but when it gets down to the nitty gritty I must admit I am crunchy because I am lazy-AND FRUGAL!
one lazy frugal Crunchy Mama,