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August 30th, 2013 at 11:44 am

For my upcoming trip, I started thinking that I may need to buy a lightweight bathrobe for extra covering up when I'm staying at the overseas relatives homes. I have a robe but it's too bulky & heavy to bring. I was also thinking about bringing a lightweight rain coat with me, just in case. And I always bring a shawl with me for extra warmth on the plane and for evenings if it's cool. But then I remembered that I have a really lightweight "thingy" (it's kind of a cross between a poncho and a shawl, 50/50 wool/silk) that can do double duty as modesty coverup at the in-laws and warmth provider, and I have a disposable plastic poncho that I got at the dollar store (2/$1) and that I could either wear alone or over the "thingy," so I already have what I need. Sexy & stylish? No. And they wouldn't work for an outdoor adventure vacation where really rugged gear is required, but they will work just fine on my trip. And ... they only weigh 5 ounces combined (when traveling overseas you think about the weight of everything).

One of my personal principles of frugality is not to do without, but to first see if I already have something that will serve the need or want I'm looking to fill before buying.

The other day at Costco I saw a clothes drying rack that looked neat. For the briefest of instants the thought of buying it flitted across my mind, but then I remembered that my current system for drying things that I don't want to put in the dryer works just fine. Things that won't get stretched out go on a wood hanger across a clothes rod, exactly the same way I hang up things in my closet. Other things get hung over the shower door or towel bar in the guest bathroom. And for things that must be laid flat to dry, I open up the luggage rack in the guest room, lay a towel on it, and lay the clothing on the towel. If I line dried all of my clothes and lived someplace where outside drying couldn't be counted on (for example in the rainy Pacific Northwest) buying that clothes drying rack may make perfect sense. But not for me, because I can make do with what I already have.

P.S. - Is anyone interested in learning about Smarty Pig savings accounts? I was writing a very long entry about my experiences with them when it vanished (ARRGH) and I don't want to retype unless I know it will actually be helpful to someone.

P.P.S. - I'm having trouble posting this entry too, but fortunately I remembered to copy & paste so it didn't vanish.

6 Responses to “Making Do”

  1. scfr Says:

    I just noticed that I've had over 1 million visits to this blog. Wow - When did that happen?

  2. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    adds up over 5 years!

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    I'd love to hear about smarty pig!

    I actually have a clothes dryer rack I picked up when I Was 18 since my roommates did not have a dryer. (We ended up picking up a used dryer, eventually). I probably never would have bought one otherwise, but man I LOVE that thing. Big Grin I still leave my clothes drying all over the house too, so whatever. (USually because I 1/4 or 1/2 dry some clothing and just pull it out and hang it up somewhere near the dryer to not get wrinkly - I HATE ironing. My clothes rack is upstairs and dedicated to the more delicate. So, yeah, I admit I could probably survive without, but my dryer rack probably makes rest in my house less annoyed. At least I don't lay my bras all around the house. The joke is I am always looking for my pants (where did I lay my jeans to finish drying??).

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    I would be interested in hearing about Smarty Pig. I've heard they are offering 1% now.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'd love to hear about Smarty Pig as well. Smile
    I put very few things in the dryer. Most things I put on a hangar right out of the washer and then put them in my closet to dry (spaced apart.) I also drape things over the ironing board or the tops of doors ... a drying rack would be nice to have, but I wouldn't have room for one!

  6. scfr Says:

    Haha - I have this image in my head of SA members homes with clothes hanging all over the place to dry! It's a good thing people don't stop by my house unannounced very often, or I'd either have to keep dashing to the guest bath to snatch up my bras or find another place to hang them!

    I used to have an inexpensive fold up clothes drying rack in my young & single gal days, because one run through on the coin operated dryer wouldn't always do the trick and I didn't want to have to keep putting in more quarters and making trips to the creepy basement, often late at night. I kept it folded up behind the door when not in use. When it was set up and my futon was laid out on the floor (I lived in a studio apartment and slept on a twin size futon that folded up in to an itty bitty makeshift "couch") there wasn't any room to walk! After I got married we moved to an apartment that had it's own washer & dryer and I really felt like I was living large. At that point the clothes rack went to Goodwill because we were 2 in a very small one bedroom and space was still at a super premium.

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