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I have become my mother…

Yes, I caught myself doing something that as a kid drove me quite insane. My mother and father grew up in a completely different world than I did, and have very different ideas about the importance of saving (their attitudes are much better than their son, I freely admit). When they left the UK, there was still rationing and both of them lived through World War II.

My mother was always saving a little bit here and there, and one of her tricks was taking left over cereal from old boxes and adding them to the new boxes (because her lazy sons would open the new cereal before the old one was finished). Now that may not sound too bad to you, but it didn’t matter if the old box was Puffed Rice and the new box was Corn Flakes. This meant that you ended up with some very interesting hodge podge cereals, and you never knew what would pour out of the box in the morning.

Cheap or Frugal?!?!

This morning, I did the exact same thing. I must admit, I finally had it with my daughters not finishing the cereal, and we have 5 boxes of cereal open, so I started to merge boxes together. I am very interested to see what they think of it tomorrow morning, when they get their “special mix” cereal?

Another thing Mum liked to do was to pour the remnants of Ketchup bottles into the new ones, and I must admit I do that one, and I also do that with Laundry Detergent as well.

Thanks for the lessons in life Mum, your ways are sometimes the best!

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  1. My mom did that to me all the time when I was a kid. Irritated me to no end.

    I mean, who adds Honey-Nut Cheerios to Corn Flakes? Froot Loops to Rice Krispies?

    Try having a friend over and explaining to them why there are chunks of shredded wheat in their Apple Jacks.

    How uncouth!

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