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Looking out my Backdoor: Old dog, new tricks, old tricks

Michelle, knowing me to be, shall we say, frugal, loaned me a copy of a reprinted book entitled “The American Frugal Housewife.” The book, written by Lydia Child, was first published in 1833. Dedicated to Those Who Are Not Ashamed of Economy. In caps.

Mrs. Child wrote the lyrics, but was not well known, but wrote a song for children, “Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go.” Anyone my generation knows that song. I’m sure you youngsters can find it on YouTube.

I’ve barely read past the introduction and already I’ve added a change to my routine. I’m almost afraid to f...

 

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