Being Provident, or Prudent: pru·dent/ˈpro͞odnt/
Adjective: Acting with or showing care and thought for the future
In our culture of obedience and preparing for a time of lack, or famine. We are asked to prepare, prepare every needful thing. In my opinion it is not the issue if it saves money or saves time to be prudent. it is preparing for the future.
If I practice baking bread and throw out 1700 loaves in the interim, I am still being prudent. I am learning HOW to prepare a meal for my family... in the future....
If I spend hours and hours now... in the garden and i am only successful at harvesting cucumbers... I am being prudent. I am learning what DOES NOT work as well as what DOES work!
If I spend 45 min making one batch of tortillas when the store bought tortillas are far superior and cheaper... I am being prudent.
yes being FRUGAL is different!
(Frugality is the practice of acquiring goods and services in a restrained manner, and resourcefully using already owned economic goods and services, to achieve a longer term goal.)
Being frugal is know what things cost, and when to purchase something since its a great deal, or when to make it at home cheaper.
I can make a whole-wheat tortilla at home with fresh ingredients and no preservatives.
Eating healthy is far more important to me than saving money. I will spend hours in the kitchen or garden to serve my family superior meals.
If this is not your motivation.. (it should be...snicker, just teasing!) then evaluate, WHAT is your motivation? If making things at home are tedious and irritating, then decide where your time is better spent.
When my family lived on $900 per month for 4 kids and 2 adults, I had one thing in abundance... TIME I could spend time baking, creating, cooking, as that is all I had the resources to do. I did not have gas money, or money for anything extra, but I did have an excess of time... so I baked, I learned a whole heck-uva lot during this time. I read allot of library books and dreamed of better days.
Now that we have enough money to cover our family expenses I find I have more errands to run...
Coincidence... I think not...
The more money you manage the more time it takes...
So think twice before you dismiss learning a skill. Even if it does not save you money...maybe it is a skill you need to be familiar with in the event that you have no other option than to prepare every needful thing from the stores in your home.