“Use what you have” is a key frugal philosophy, and one I try to incorporate as much as possible into my life.
As most of you know, I have some lovely planter boxes that line my two porches. They are one of my luxuries! I just adore walking up to my house and seeing the profusion of flowers.
But those dang things need to be watered. Frequently. As in every other day. The boxes sit on the porch railings, but are covered by the eves so even if it rains they don’t get watered.
Now water is not terribly expensive where I am~there is no water shortage in Upstate NY~but heck, rainwater is free. So when the boxes needed watering and it began to rain the other day I thought “heck, why not just take the planters down and set them on the porch steps to get rained on.”
Voila! It worked. Not only did the planters get watered, but the kiddos came out while I was moving the boxes around and decided to have some rainy day fun. They got drenched to the bone but had a fantastic time for about 45 minutes!