The Top-line of Frugal Correctness – Acquiring, Consuming, and Preserving Consumable Goods

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The Top-line of Frugal Correctness has to do with how we buy, store, and use consumable goods. They are on the topside of the Frugal Correctness Fishbone Blueprint diagram as Acquire, Consume, and Preserve. They are focused on minimizing spending and wasting.

FC-FishboneTo minimize spending, we have to make sure that the money is spent on the things that we actually need. That requires planning, a thinking process that occur prior to action.  Setting some systematic ways to do this will help us to control spending. Weekly Meal Planning, monthly or seasonal buying planner, budgeting, etc. are the examples of the planning associated with buying what we actually need. Different planning templates and their usages will be posted later when we cover this topic more in detail.

Once we selected items we need to buy via planning, we need to buy them at the lowest possible price. That’s where couponing and smart shopping comes in.  We have been posting deals past four years. This year we will try to bring features for easier association of the deals with your plans.

To minimize wasting, first, you have to consider shelf life of the goods you buy during your planning process. We buy different goods at different cycles and their shelf life are all different. We have to plan accordingly in short, mid, and long term. In the templates we will publish, we will try to reflect the shelf life considerations whenever possible.

To minimize waste, we also need to consider proper ways to store/preserve the things we bought. We will find and publish best practices in storage/preservation home remedies for this cause.

These are the Top-line of Frugal Correctness. Next, we will post the Bottom-line of Frugal Correctness; life habit changes and ultimately saving towards retirement or your children’s education.

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