Thursday, August 25, 2011

How to Be a Frugal Belly Dancer Part One

Contrary to popular belief, belly dancers are not rolling in dough.  I'm pretty sure it's because our cost of doing business is so high.  Or maybe it's because there are so many hobbyists who do it for free, and the average American doesn't know the difference between a professional and a hobbyist.  Or maybe it's just because people are cheap.  Whatever the reason, we don't make a lot of money.

Add my high-output, low-intake job to that of my husband- a fifth grade teacher- and you get a family who must live modestly to continue in careers that actually give them joy and prevent them from feeling dead inside.  This is less difficult for my husband, because he is naturally very "frugal."  Me?  I'm a belly dancer.  I see sparkly things and I MUST HAVE THEM OR I'LL DIE.  Thankfully, I have yet to perish from all the baubles I have had to pass by, though I can tell you, my suffering was great.

One way we save our pennies?  Cloth diapers.  Truth be told, we originally chose to use cloth diapers because we do our best to be conscious of our waste.  Hey, we saw Wall-E.  We don't need to see an actual landfill to add up how much trash gets collected each week by a community with 500,000 people.  The good news is that most ways that we are taught to "go green" are also great money savers, too!  The initial investment seems atrocious, until you realize you've been using the same diapers for months, and you do the math and realize you would definitely have spent three times that amount by now in disposables.

And the clean-up isn't as bad as you'd imagine.  I mean, I don't fantasize about doing it or anything, but like many things in life, the hyperbole our brain creates is often very different from the reality.  Besides, you still have to clean up baby poop, even with disposables.

Today, there really isn't any excuse.  Alice wears Kissaluvs, and they are so great.  They're absorbent, easy to launder, and the very best part?  They have snaps.  They are contoured.  They are cloth versions of disposables, but you only have to buy a set once.  Is it bad that when I watch TV and there's a package showing some poor, young parents for whom we're supposed to feel sorry, I get annoyed when they lament that they don't "even have enough money to buy diapers"?  If they purchased cloth, they would already have them!!  I don't generally feel the appropriate empathy in those situations.

Don't get me wrong.  I'm not some "disposables are indicators of Satan worshipers!" or anything.  We put her in a disposable overnight, and she has to wear them at church because I discovered everyone was too scared to change her when I brought her in cloth.  Because cloth diapers are scary, apparently.

Until you use 'em on your child.


  1. Cloth Diapers are brillantly, wonderful things, and they are so cute! I don't get the fear, except to many people see pins and things to fold. a good all in one is a breeze. We loved them here too!