But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 1 Peter 2:9,10 (KJV)
In the quest to be a good steward of our resources, I've learned through experience that proper care and maintenance of ones possessions is the ultimate act of frugality and an important practice. In America, the family home is most often one's largest asset. Attention to needed care and maintenance of the family home is of the utmost importance when attempting to live a frugal lifestyle.
As busy as our summer months have been, especially August, we must make maintaining our home a priority. Along with patching a small leak in our roof, the original 1920's basement windows were also in need of attention. The most frugal thing to do would be to replace them with modern triple paned vinyl windows. However, living as far out in the country as we do, we will have to wait until next spring to be put on a contractor's 4-6 month waiting list. So, in the meantime, a $35.00 can of paint is the best temporary solution to protecting the 94 year old wood framing and preventing rot. The very poor caulk job, done by a previous owner needs to be re-done, however the caulk is the only thing holding the glass panes in place and I didn't want to risk loosing any of the panes, especially with winter coming. Although not a perfect solution, I think it has been a good temporary solution and the wood window casings will now be protected from the wet winter snow.