Monday, November 9, 2015

Last Week's Thrifty Moves

Sunday morning I was up bright (well, not really, the sun wasn't up yet) and early.  After setting all the clocks back an hour I was up really early.  I started out my day with a fresh pot of coffee and then stripped the beds down to the mattresses.  We washed all of our sheets and mattress covers and then put our beds all back together adding our winter blankets as the weather as changed and it is getting much cooler at night.

After the laundry was done I cleaned out the refrigerator and we ate up the prior week's leftovers for lunch.

I put some leftover corn and green beans together into a container to place in the freezer.  I later added them to our minestrone soup on Saturday.  No veggies going to waste at this house.

Sometimes you just have to drop what you are doing and sew.  Which is exactly what I did Sunday afternoon.  I finally made the throw pillow I have been wanting to make for months now.  And the crazy thing is it took me less than 15 minutes.  (Ugh!)  I'll be posting more about it later this week, but I want to tell you now that when I was done I had enough fabric to make another one for a friend of ours (who won't be reading my blog) for Christmas.  I know she will just love it because it is her favorite color.

I made wise use of leftovers so we minimized any potential food waste.  We fed our kitchen scraps to the chickens.  I composted coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, onion and garlic skins.

Amazingly our garden is still going and although it has slowed down we are still getting veggies.

I used a toothpick to help me use up the last bit of lip balm in the tube.

I washed out a one gallon Ziploc bag to reuse.

We managed to keep the house warm enough with our fireplace and infrared heater.  I have yet to have to turn on the main heat.

At Fred Meyer I bought fresh produce and used my reward points to save an extra 10¢ a gallon when I filled up my gas tank.

How thrifty were you last week?

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