Bowing to Frugal Grandma

Miss Thrifty18 August 11, 2008

I was in sunny(ish) Essex this weekend, catching up with some of my nearest and dearest. I spent yesterday hanging out with my grandparents. Not for the first time, my grandma’s thrifty supremacy had me marvelling. 

“Have some jam, dear”, she said, throwing open a cupboard in the garage to reveal shelves stacked with jars of glinting jams and jellies. The jars have all been saved, and much of the fruit comes from her garden or her friends’ gardens. I came away with marmalade, yellow plum jam, bullus plum jam (never heard of this but apparently it is “nice and sharp”) and a good old-fashioned blackberry and apple.

My grandma then insisted on filling the trunk of my car with a horticultural smorgasbord. She takes so many cuttings of her plants, her garden often resembles a garden centre: laden with plants and pots of various sizes. In went a hundredweight of busy lizzies, geraniums, clematis, a disinterred gooseberry bush wrapped in a damp towel, and more. When I admired a high-climbing jasmine, she set about it with her secateurs and handed me some long leafy stems, telling me that if I set these in earth, they’ll take.

And so to lunch! We had a trout, freshly caught and donated by one of my grandad’s friends, with homemade chips and homegrown veg. Pudding was a homemade creme caramel: fnar.

My grandma has discovered that Snappy Snaps is offering 6″ x 4″ photo prints for just 10p apiece, so we spent the afternoon browsing through her latest stack of holiday pictures.

Frugal Grandma, I salute you.

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18 Responses to “Bowing to Frugal Grandma

FruGal says:

Hey my Grandma is exactly the same! I can’t leave my Grandparents’ house without being given jam, plant cuttings, veg from their veggie garden, fish from their freezer (my great uncle is a fisherman), fruit from their fruit trees, and they always insist on me taking some wine from their extensive cellar. Bless Grandmas and Grandpas, they are the BEST!

August 12, 2008 at 9:40 am

admin says:

Yeah – grandparents RULE!

I think it’s the “make do and mend” philosophy, which has been all but lost on us young (well, younger) ones. If my grandma catches me throwing away a jar and there’s a teeny, tiny morsel of food still in it, she whisks it out of my hands pretty smartly.

August 12, 2008 at 11:17 pm

RetiredAt47 says:

I am often in awe of that generation. I fear that some of their thrifty skills (and homemaking skills in general) will be lost. I hope there are enough of us in later generations willing to keep some of these skills alive. Way to go, Frugal Grandma!

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August 26, 2008 at 1:45 pm

David Child says:

Grandparents rule the frugal wars. Although does bulk-buying a dozen bags of sugar in one go (as my Grandma does along with bars of soap) count against them? Surely having so much residual stock hanging on shelves can’t be good for their carbon footprint?!

August 27, 2008 at 8:59 am

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