We Saved Hundreds of Dollars Making our Own Light Covers!
Part of being frugal is trying to find ways to make do with something for a lot less. People often liken frugality to being cheap but they are two different things. Being frugal does not mean going without something or even having something inferior, it just means getting something you need or want for less through other means than spending a bunch of money.
And this is where creativity comes in. And thankfully we have been blessed with sons that are creative and enjoy working with their hands. Here in Ecuador when you rent a house or apartment it usually will not come with light fixtures, and if it does have light fixtures than you’re paying for them in rent, just as furnished houses or apartments will cost a lot more than ones without furniture.
We knew about there being no light fixtures in Ecuador before we came here and never gave it too much thought until we rented a house and didn’t like seeing the dangling wires and light bulbs hanging from all over the ceiling. Not to mention the incessant glare of the light bulbs not having a shade cover around them can be annoying.
Alex, our youngest son suddenly got a surge of creativity within him and he made an Asian Style light cover with a couple of place mats and some other wooden implements we had lying around the house. In this video, Alex shows you what the light covers look like.
We liked the way they looked so much that Alex and Brandon made light shades for the rest of the dangling light bulbs in the house. It looks so much better than a bunch of wires hanging out of the ceiling.
When you are only renting, it doesn’t make much sense to spend hundreds of dollars on light fixtures. It is not something we are willing to do. But making them ourselves and saving lots of money is something we are willing to do. And that’s what we did. Now we do not have to look at dangling wires and the ugliness and glare of light bulbs in our face.