Monday, January 31, 2011
I found a brand-new paper shredder that uses absolutely no electricity at all. Maybe I should put a patent on him and rent him out.
If the puppy's taking a nap, then I put all those important, but needs-to-be-discarded-discretely papers here:
How many identity-thieving criminals will dare open the coop guarded by this guy?
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Got some really good deals this week at the grocery store. In fact, AWESOME deals.
- boneless, skinless chicken tenders, 99 cents a pound, reg. $2.99 a pound
- hot polish sausage, 99 cents for 20 ounces, reg. $5.49 a package
- polish sausage, 99 cents a pound, reg. $1.99 a pound
- 2 1/2 pound packages of fancy Rosotto and Basmati rice for 50 cents a bag. I found the same thing on Amazon, but a slightly higher price of $5.23! I bought 6 bags for a total of $3. Whoo-hoo!
- 20 pounds of pototoes for $2
I had been boo-hoo-ing to myself about how I couldn't get to all the good deals at Rite Aid, CVS, etc., down in the city (40 miles away), but this week made up for it.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I also found a less expensive site for heritage seeds,
www.http://ohioheirloomseeds.com/ . This year should find the following in the garden: cherry tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, plum tomatoes, zucchini, green peppers, red peppers for drying, sunflowers, garlic, and a variety of herbs. Nothing exotic, but still exciting.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
(p.s. oops ! did get something, some free address labels!)
Monday, January 17, 2011
Laundry mat cons: price; have to lug laundry around town; time-consuming (can't do the dishes or clean house while at the mat)
Laundry mat pros: may save money? ; can use HOT water for my whites; really nice and warm in there compared to my house (in the winter); can't do the dishes or clean house while at the mat (hehe, it's like a self-imposed time-out to me!)
Will have to think about this laundry mat vs. home thing some more, but just a thought.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 09, 2011
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
Saturday, January 08, 2011
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Last week alone I got a free calendar, 6 oz. bag of lamb and rice dog food, address labels, 1.75 oz. bag of Seattle's best coffee, and a very small container of Burt's Bees lotion. Not bad for just surfing the web while watching some mindless tv!
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Back when the kids were really little, I could get triple coupons at most places, but not anymore. And some stores around me now do not even accept computer printed coupons, so I don't know how much I can really save with the coupons. But I will try. My big deal of the week so far is that I got a roll of packaging tape for 25 cents after using a $1 coupon. Whoo hoo!
Can't eat it, but at least we won't run out of tape for awhile. I have a hard time keeping up with the expiration of coupons. The coupons used to last 6 months or more, but I just cut out some from a Dec. 20th dated magazine and the coupons expire on Jan. 11th. I cut them out just in case.
Ingredients: 1 bar Fels Naptha Soap
3/4 cup Borax
3/4 cup Arm&Hammer WASHING Soda (not baking soda!) 1. The first part is pretty fun. Put the Fels Naptha bar on a microwavable plate and microwave for 30 second intervals, for about 3 or 4 minutes, making sure the soap doesn't fall off the plate. How can soap fall off the plate you ask? The bar will expand and grow, kind of reminding me of a science experiment gone wrong.
2. Let the bar soap dry out on the plate for 2 or 3 days. I found it is much easier to crumble after a couple of days. It also acts as a air freshener during this time, so your getting a 2 for 1 deal here!
3.Take the bar soap and crumble it between your fingers, until there are no chunks left. I have tried this in a food chopper before, but it didn't really work out that well.
4. Mix the borax and washing soda in with the crumbled bar soap. Voile` All done. Use 2 Tablespoons per load of laundry. (I have an energy efficient front loader, so maybe you will have to adjust to your washer.)
Statistics: (you will find I'm a cent-nut, I obsess with pennies)
Fels Naptha Soap $1.09 a bar= 1 batch of detergent
Borax $4.49 for a 72 oz. box= 14 batches of detergent
Arm and Hammer Washing Soda $2.79 for a 55 oz. box= 7 batches of detergentAfter a lot of calculating (of which I won't bore you with) I figure this costs me about 6.7 cents per load of laundry. I did buy a damaged jug of liquid detergent for $4, marked down from $9.50 (no, didn't have a coupon either, bummer) and that should come out to about 5.7 cents a load., but I am doubtful about the actual price since it is much harder to pour liquid detergent to a precise amount to get the pre-determined loads. Now my next step is to get everyone here to not make so much dirty laundry. I know, fat chance.
Monday, January 03, 2011
Found more clothes/etc. to take to Goodwill for a tax write-off (I try to take at least two bags of stuff every month.)
Ok, I will post a pic when this is all done. Evidentally, a year's worth of mess isn't cleaned up in one hour. Who knew?
Saturday, January 01, 2011
Happy New Year to all!
What a way to start out the new year. Had another post planned for my first day of the new year, but went to work last night and found that my hours had been cut again. Soooooo, wow, I get a whole ten hours a week. The good news is that I get 6 days off in a row, so I can work on this new blog! My whole paycheck will go straight into the water and sewer bills, so I guess my first plan of attack will be on reducing our water consumption. There are six of us, so that's alot of showering and clothes to wash. Here is my attack plan:
- reduce shower times. If left up to the youngest, that would involve a wet washcloth run across the face (at the moment, she is soaking the grime off in the tub, whilst screaming she is done, after a whole 2 minutes) We do have a flow reducing shower head. What is the time limit on a shower? 10 minutes? 8 minutes? I do know a 25 minute shower is in the past. Now I need to find a easy to set timer for everyone to use.
- reducing the number of dishes washed. I am seriously thinking of using really cheap paper plates. (I got some on sale yesterday, 100 ct. for $1.57. ) Also limiting everyone to one glass a day. We do not have a working dishwasher. (Ok, ok, I am the working dish-washer.)
- reduce the amount of laundry washed. Has anyone used a fabric refresher, like Febreeze, on jeans? If the kids wear the jeans to school, they really aren't getting them dirt dirty, so could I Febreeze them? (the clothes, not the kids. Wait, would it work on kids also?)
- reducing the amount of bath towels washed. I mean really, if you use a clean towel on your clean, showered body, isn't the towel still clean? Maybe I will embroider everyone's initials on a personal towel and let them use it for what? 5 days? A whole week? before washing it again?
- use the rain barrel and get another one. Can't really use the rain barrel much in the winter, but I do use it all summer. I rarely use house water on my garden. I wonder if the chickens and rabbits will drink the rain water. I mean, I know they will drink it, but will they still be healthy? Rain off the roof shingles hmmm. . .
Am keeping an open mind to any other new ideas on saving water. Got a few more on the back burner, but the burner isn't on cuz I'm saving electricity also.