Opportunities. Oh goodness, I can still smell the vinegar of pickled vegetables, even as I type.
I have been trying to save money to put aside for a family vacation this summer without dipping into our precious college student savings account. When a unique and smelly opportunity present itself in an effort to clean up a family home. At first I thought it was SUPER ridiculous and stinky to even consider. I was pretty sure no one on earth was going to buy used canning jars and especially ones that had once stored 30 plus years of spoiled food. Thats right....to even get to the point where you could sell them you had to dump the old, rotten, stinky 27-30 year old food out of them. YUCK!
It was too frugal. I thought saving the jars wasn't worth the time or effort it would take to clean them. Thoughts like, "They won't sell. It is too yucky and nasty". Kept me from doing it. My thoughts were limiting myself and my goals.
Local garage sale page on Facebook when you can post your unwanted items and have a garage sale from the comfort of your couch inspired my brilliant mother asked me to post a picture of some of the canning jars to see if they would sell. Sure, because she asked, I thought. In the next hour or so we had 25 interested people wanting as many jars as we come give them. I was shocked by the interest and reconsidered the possibility of dumping jars and cleaning more jars.
That night I felt silly but determined to save money so we could go on the family reunion trip. I put aside my still lingering negative attitude and well you guessed it, I spent the next half of a day dumping, washing and rinsing canning jars. Only to take them home to wash and rinse them again.
My sweet little man joined in the effort by carefully carrying new jars up the stairs and outside to me. While dumping the jars on my hands and knees in cold water in the spring time weather, I thought of the willingness of my little man to help. The cheerful greeting he gave me each time he returned with more bottles. "Hi mommy I'm back. Here you go. More bottles!"
No effort is too small or beneath you, when trying to save for your family I concluded. Working along side each other towards a family goal was the best part of this whole experience. It was worth more than the $50 we earned that day. A lesson learned from canning jars that I hope to repeatedly teach my children over and over again.