Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, Do Without

Today I'm over at A Harvest of Blessing, talking about how Cambodia taught me to use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without - the mantra of simple living. Here's a quick excerpt from the post:

Living in Cambodia for three years has taught me countless lessons. One lesson is how to put the mantra of frugal living into practice: use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.

If you’re not familiar with it, Cambodia is a developing country located in Southeast Asia between Thailand and Vietnam. Recovery from a four-year-long genocide in the 1970’s has taken decades, and most of the population still struggles along on a daily income of $1 in rural areas.

In the capital cities, Western food and conveniences are becoming more easily accessible, but they are mostly unheard of in rural towns, such as Poipet, where I live. Because of that lack of convenience, I have learned to live creatively within the restrictions of what’s locally available.

I hope that, by reading my story, you will also find ways to live creatively in the simple lifestyle you have chosen.