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  • Everyone is welcome to share your day-to-day frugal tips. It doesn't have to be a huge money-saver, time-saver, or energy-saver. Little things sure can add up.

    So what did YOU do today to use your resources in the best way you can?
  • Wow! Another new thread! I'm really just subbing to this new one. Still trying to rouse the girls out of bed to get ready for school.

    Yesterday we just ate out of the fridge, didn't do too much, remember, was a bum. But I did manage to get all dishes done and straighten up. Here's hoping I have more energy this evening when I get home from work.

    Hope you all have a wonderful day!

    Lisa
  • Lisa,
    Maybe it was something in the air -- I didn't get too much accomplished yesterday either, but at least I stayed home and didn't spend any money. I have a second interview at the place I'd really like to work later this morning, so "fingers crossed" I'm hoping that goes really well. I'll probably stop at the grocery store for a few things on the way back from that.

    Liz
  • Frugal today? So far I have hand washed all the dishes and they are air drying. Also have been gathering all our candle tester jars ( I test each new fragrance we get in to see how it burns, scent throws, etc.) I will eventually be cleaning them all and reusing the jars. I have transferred them to the shed in a cabinet I saved from dh's moms house so I can find them again. I am also bringing up and taking out all the boxes of stuff I have been gathering up for the yard sale we werent' able to have this year. If we have a nice warm Friday they'll all be in one place that I can more easily get to the front yard, if not they aren't cluttering up my basement.

    Once the dew dries on the grass I'll be going outside to mow the back yard.

    Dinner tonight will be leftover chicken veggies w/ dumplins that I made yesterday. If I can get my kitchen space cleared up will be making a French Vanilla cake with sliced strawberries like a pineapple upside down cake but with strawberries.

    Anna
  • Choosing NOT to be frugal
    Yep, that's right. I'm choosing NOT to be frugal! I made a Blackberry Coffee Cake and Schaller's Chili (super hot!) for a couple of fund raisers. Neither one cost very much to make - maybe $15 total for the two - and I know that my coffee cake brought in $30 and my chili around $40-50. However, read the following quote from an e-mail I received regarding the fund raiser, and see if you agree that it would be self-centered to be frugal in this case.

    "I wanted to contact you all to let you know that I am not making any assumptions that you all wouldn't like to be refunded the cost you paid for the ingredients used to make the baked goods and/or chili, corn bread, etc. I know it can begin to add up when you donate food for fund raisers and we intend on having quite a few more between now and 30 NOV in order to raise ample money for the children's holiday party. Having said this, I'm sorry I didn't ask Mrs. C (I took out the real name for OPSEC reasons) to add this information to the email she sent out requesting volunteers, but if you would like to be reimbursed for your expenses, please provide a receipt so that I can maintain it with the financial records we're keeping for the party. I will be more than happy to reimburse you.

    I always thought that you made the stuff to help the group raise money, not to try to recoup what you had to spend.

    Vicki
  • Vicki, that's bizarre! I consider things donated to fund-raisers (cakes, pies, chili, whatever) to be MY DONATION. I don't expect to hand the organizer a bill for what it cost me to make the item. That is my donation to the fund-raiser. If I am able to purchase something at the fund-raiser, then that's all the more that the charity will get. If not, I did what I could in donating a baked good or whatever.

    Anna, I had to laugh when you recommended Haband. I worked there for a month one summer during college. Now, I am not a quitter, I like to finish what I start. But the working conditions there were AWFUL and actually unhealthy (giant dusty warehouse, no air conditioning, workers had to wear long pants, restricted potty breaks, etc.) so I found another job as soon as I could.
  • Yesterday i chopped and bagged up about 14 cups of bell peppers from the garden and froze for this winter. Unless we keep from having a killing frost that will be the end of them from the garden as I don't expect the blossoms on the plants to do anything. I also picked the few little green tomatoes and brought them inside to try to ripen.

    Will finish trimming (HA! 4ft cut twice a year) the bushes this afternoon as there is rain called for everyday the rest of the week. I'm 2/3's of the way done and filled 5 large trash bags already. Frugal is I got a roll of trash bags from my BIL's work FREE as they were a mistake run a couple of years ago. I do need to let him know I could use another roll as I'm about out.

    Will have dinner at the inlaws tonight and tomorrow they will eat at our house.

    Roberta
  • So far nothing frugal yet, just waking up around here.

    Yesterday we went and priced the items we need to finish our bathroom. I hate making decorating decisions, gotta find some bathroom pictures. We-I have to decide on a medicine chest and lighting. I don't want it to look like we didn't know what we were doing!

    Made stuffed bell peppers for dinner yesterday, chicken & beef. I got peppers 5/$1 so did 10. So I don't have to cook for a couple of days.
  • Vicki: I've never heard of that either. I don't belong to the PTA, but I do volunteer for the Hospitality Committee at DSs school. We are providing a meal to the faculty tomorrow night because of Parent/Teacher Conferences. I just consider my desserts as a contribution and I've never thought about being refunded the cost.

    I was lazy yesterday too. At 3:00, I just "shut down." Watched New England and Dallas play (my two favorite teams) and read some on my book. The good news: It didn't cost me anything.

    Tonight however will cost as I will be running DS a couple towns over for Boy Scouts, having dinner with my sister and her family, and then driving home. It should be just gas since she is cooking.

    Liz: I have my fingers crossed for you about the job. Good Luck!

    Well, I'm off to start some work here. Have a great day everyone!
  • Liz,I hope the interview goes good for you and that you get the job too.
    Vicki,that is odd never heard of that eitheir.
    Frugal for me today is to try and stay home.I think i have enough housework to do to keep me busy here.I have already got the dishes done and put in the dishwasher.Aslo have the sheets all done and i had to go to the basement to get a new sheet for the oldests bed.Her sheet was starting to tear and it was a pretty big tear in the sheet.Aslo need to keep an eye on the dog as she has been picking at her paws.Hoping i can find a way to get her to stop so i don;t have to take her to the vet.

    Mish