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« Reply #14900 on: March 11, 2022, 09:48:14 AM »
Bought some items on Costco that were on sale and saved $14.50.

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« Reply #14901 on: March 11, 2022, 01:10:40 PM »
@Dollar Slice I'm sorry to hear that, but I'm definitely going to use 'extremely disappointing load of fuckwaddery' in future!

Glad I could be of assistance ;-) And it looks like I've spoken too soon... In exchange for my (grits teeth) three hundred dollar membership fee that went completely to waste, they appear to have put me on some kind of mailing list for event discounts. Today I was notified that I could get a whole ten dollars off the 10pm late set tomorrow of, uh, a collaboration between... I'm having trouble even figuring out what this is. An electronics duo and a dead guy who was a famous reggae artist? And it's "a journey into immersive audio" and a "premiere listening event." I genuinely can't tell if it's a concert. What a shame I already have plans tomorrow, I'm definitely itching to give these people more of my money...

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« Reply #14902 on: March 11, 2022, 04:54:19 PM »
Foraged some free loquats from a tree in a government-owned verge.

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« Reply #14903 on: March 11, 2022, 06:49:07 PM »
My mother gets Meals on Wheels, and the meals come with little cartons of milk, which she doesn't drink.  I took two weeks of cartons out of her fridge and have been using them in my tea; kids say the milk tastes weird (it does, a little) and but they don't mind it when I use it for baking.

The lid on our pedal trash can fell off and I sifted through my hoard of metal screws till I found a couple that fit.  Faster than shopping for a new one, and probably saved a fair bit of money as this was a fancy brushed steel can. I had the additional satisfaction of ignoring my husband, who repeatedly told me to throw away the can and buy a new one in a "treat yo self" tone. I wasn't having any of his nonsense.  If I am going to treat myself I will do it properly and not fritter my money away on a new trashcan!

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« Reply #14904 on: March 12, 2022, 12:42:11 AM »
I had checked back in January (I think it was) to see if my insurance would reimburse me for some at-home COVID tests when they announced that program, but the purchase didn't qualify for some reason and I was pretty annoyed about it. I just decided on a whim to see if they might have updated the qualifications - due to governmental pressure or consumer complaints - and indeed they changed them for purchases after a certain date. My purchase was that exact week :-) So I think I should be able to get $40 reimbursed. Not guaranteeing anything since it's a health insurance company, but it was only a one page form and a quick trip through my e-mail archives to find the receipt and print it out.

I had the additional satisfaction of ignoring my husband, who repeatedly told me to throw away the can and buy a new one in a "treat yo self" tone.

LOL. The satisfaction of fixing something is way better than "treating" yourself to a new garbage can!

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« Reply #14905 on: March 12, 2022, 07:13:27 PM »
Ordered low flow shower head (1.5gpm) as well a shower head shut off valve.

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« Reply #14906 on: March 12, 2022, 07:19:21 PM »
I found some dribs and drabs from previous batches of lasagne in the freezer. I combined them and made stuffed shells for dinner, all with stuff I had on hand. Hooray for mystery containers in the freezer being put to good use!

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« Reply #14907 on: March 13, 2022, 10:49:16 AM »
I found some dribs and drabs from previous batches of lasagne in the freezer. I combined them and made stuffed shells for dinner, all with stuff I had on hand. Hooray for mystery containers in the freezer being put to good use!

Fingers crossed that none of the mystery containers turn out to be chili or a red curry.  And if they are, that you figure it out before they're combined.

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« Reply #14908 on: March 13, 2022, 11:03:33 AM »
I found some dribs and drabs from previous batches of lasagne in the freezer. I combined them and made stuffed shells for dinner, all with stuff I had on hand. Hooray for mystery containers in the freezer being put to good use!

Fingers crossed that none of the mystery containers turn out to be chili or a red curry.  And if they are, that you figure it out before they're combined.
When I make lasagne, manicotti or stuffed shells,  it's a juggling act to make the pasta, filling and sauce come out even. I've taken to freezing any leftover filling. Since it's white with green flecks in it, it's easy to distinguish, thankfully. It turned out fine, with enough leftovers to move to a smaller Pyrex covered dish and frozen  (re-frozen?) for a future meal.

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« Reply #14909 on: March 14, 2022, 04:44:28 AM »
We are doing a whole-house, gut renovation.  One bathroom down, two to go. Yesterday I thrifted a really nice vanity cabinet, granite countertop, backsplash, sink, and faucets on Craigslist.  A steal at $300.  The only catch was we had to de-install it at the person's house.  We're experienced Craigslist buyers and sellers, but that was a first for us.  We debated whether we wanted to do something like that in a stranger's house, but decided to go for it.  We showed up with all the necessary tools, and 45 minutes later we were loaded up and on our way.  DH worked carefully, and there was no damage to either the goods or the owner's bathroom walls.  Whew. 

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« Reply #14910 on: March 14, 2022, 05:07:27 AM »
We are doing a whole-house, gut renovation.  One bathroom down, two to go. Yesterday I thrifted a really nice vanity cabinet, granite countertop, backsplash, sink, and faucets on Craigslist.  A steal at $300.  The only catch was we had to de-install it at the person's house.  We're experienced Craigslist buyers and sellers, but that was a first for us.  We debated whether we wanted to do something like that in a stranger's house, but decided to go for it.  We showed up with all the necessary tools, and 45 minutes later we were loaded up and on our way.  DH worked carefully, and there was no damage to either the goods or the owner's bathroom walls.  Whew.
We hope to do something like this with our rentals when DH retires. I'm looking to score some interior window shutters and cabinetry. There are 5000 homes in the community, so the odds of finding the correct sizes are decent. I was thinking of offering "Delicae Demo" services via the community website. This post gives me hope that this idea might work. Thanks, Trifele!

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« Reply #14911 on: March 14, 2022, 05:55:59 AM »
We are doing a whole-house, gut renovation.  One bathroom down, two to go. Yesterday I thrifted a really nice vanity cabinet, granite countertop, backsplash, sink, and faucets on Craigslist.  A steal at $300.  The only catch was we had to de-install it at the person's house.  We're experienced Craigslist buyers and sellers, but that was a first for us.  We debated whether we wanted to do something like that in a stranger's house, but decided to go for it.  We showed up with all the necessary tools, and 45 minutes later we were loaded up and on our way.  DH worked carefully, and there was no damage to either the goods or the owner's bathroom walls.  Whew.
We hope to do something like this with our rentals when DH retires. I'm looking to score some interior window shutters and cabinetry. There are 5000 homes in the community, so the odds of finding the correct sizes are decent. I was thinking of offering "Delicae Demo" services via the community website. This post gives me hope that this idea might work. Thanks, Trifele!

Good luck!  I asked the seller beforehand about her tolerance of potential holes, dings, scratches, etc. to her walls.  That was my biggest worry -- that she'd be upset about something like that.  We were open about the fact that people install countertops and backsplashes different ways, and depending on the amount of prying we had to do, there might be actual holes in her drywall.  Turns out that she is doing a complete reno soon so she was cool with whatever, which was the major reason we were willing to do it.  She shared after the fact that HER biggest worry was that we would damage the stuff taking it out, and then wouldn't want to buy it!  She didn't breathe easy until we had the backsplash/countertop completely free, and carried out safely to our truck.  So it took some trust on both sides. 

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« Reply #14912 on: March 14, 2022, 06:01:48 AM »
We are doing a whole-house, gut renovation.  One bathroom down, two to go. Yesterday I thrifted a really nice vanity cabinet, granite countertop, backsplash, sink, and faucets on Craigslist.  A steal at $300.  The only catch was we had to de-install it at the person's house.  We're experienced Craigslist buyers and sellers, but that was a first for us.  We debated whether we wanted to do something like that in a stranger's house, but decided to go for it.  We showed up with all the necessary tools, and 45 minutes later we were loaded up and on our way.  DH worked carefully, and there was no damage to either the goods or the owner's bathroom walls.  Whew.
We hope to do something like this with our rentals when DH retires. I'm looking to score some interior window shutters and cabinetry. There are 5000 homes in the community, so the odds of finding the correct sizes are decent. I was thinking of offering "Delicae Demo" services via the community website. This post gives me hope that this idea might work. Thanks, Trifele!

Good luck!  I asked the seller beforehand about her tolerance of potential holes, dings, scratches, etc. to her walls.  That was my biggest worry -- that she'd be upset about something like that.  We were open about the fact that people install countertops and backsplashes different ways, and depending on the amount of prying we had to do, there might be actual holes in her drywall.  Turns out that she is doing a complete reno soon so she was cool with whatever, which was the major reason we were willing to do it.  She shared after the fact that HER biggest worry was that we would damage the stuff taking it out, and then wouldn't want to buy it!  She didn't breathe easy until we had the backsplash/countertop completely free, and carried out safely to our truck.  So it took some trust on both sides.
That's exactly what I was thinking. These homes are 20-25 years old. Flippers are buying them and doing full gut renos, so they don't care, they just want stuff gone. DH has mad demo and finishing skills...and a truck.

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« Reply #14913 on: March 14, 2022, 06:25:14 AM »
We are doing a whole-house, gut renovation.  One bathroom down, two to go. Yesterday I thrifted a really nice vanity cabinet, granite countertop, backsplash, sink, and faucets on Craigslist.  A steal at $300.  The only catch was we had to de-install it at the person's house.  We're experienced Craigslist buyers and sellers, but that was a first for us.  We debated whether we wanted to do something like that in a stranger's house, but decided to go for it.  We showed up with all the necessary tools, and 45 minutes later we were loaded up and on our way.  DH worked carefully, and there was no damage to either the goods or the owner's bathroom walls.  Whew.
We hope to do something like this with our rentals when DH retires. I'm looking to score some interior window shutters and cabinetry. There are 5000 homes in the community, so the odds of finding the correct sizes are decent. I was thinking of offering "Delicae Demo" services via the community website. This post gives me hope that this idea might work. Thanks, Trifele!

Good luck!  I asked the seller beforehand about her tolerance of potential holes, dings, scratches, etc. to her walls.  That was my biggest worry -- that she'd be upset about something like that.  We were open about the fact that people install countertops and backsplashes different ways, and depending on the amount of prying we had to do, there might be actual holes in her drywall.  Turns out that she is doing a complete reno soon so she was cool with whatever, which was the major reason we were willing to do it.  She shared after the fact that HER biggest worry was that we would damage the stuff taking it out, and then wouldn't want to buy it!  She didn't breathe easy until we had the backsplash/countertop completely free, and carried out safely to our truck.  So it took some trust on both sides.
That's exactly what I was thinking. These homes are 20-25 years old. Flippers are buying them and doing full gut renos, so they don't care, they just want stuff gone. DH has mad demo and finishing skills...and a truck.

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« Reply #14914 on: March 15, 2022, 03:20:47 PM »
Did my yard spring cleaning myself.  First year in a new house, new climate, but recognizing that there is a distinct 'growing season' here (unlike our previous place in SoCal) and I'd better get the garden beds ready or we'll be completely overgrown with weeds.  So, I spent a bunch of time weeding, pulling out old dead stuff, and spreading mulch.  Got the wife to help on the last major day of effort.  We're pretty terrible gardeners, so we'll see how it all goes, but it all looks much better and more under control now.

Prior to getting my butt into gear on this, wife was definitely advocating paying someone to do it all for us.  There might still be some paid work in our future, since we don't really know what to do with all of the plants, but what we did so far was at least a big bite out of that. 

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« Reply #14915 on: March 15, 2022, 09:49:21 PM »
Returned an unused second can of Rustoleum spray paint for a $6 refund. (I was able to repaint the slightly-rusty-but-intact metal table that I trash-picked with just one can.)

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« Reply #14916 on: March 15, 2022, 10:14:44 PM »
Fixed a broken dishwasher door (door slams open instead of being held magically at any angle you leave it) with a $7 used part from eBay.

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« Reply #14917 on: March 16, 2022, 08:17:34 AM »
Convinced DW to switch a majority of our kitchen-cleanup duties away from paper towels and onto washable rags.  Should save us $30-40 per year, with the added benefit of not creating quite so much pointless trash. 

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« Reply #14918 on: March 16, 2022, 11:55:56 AM »
I feel like "treat yoself" and "buy a trash can" are basically antithetical. 

I've been a bit spendypants lately, so trying to rein myself back in...

I get CSAs from local farmers, the upside is local produce is super fresh and delicious, and generally less expensive than it normally would be.  The down side is that sometimes you get stuff you don't care for or otherwise have problems with.  One of those things is apples.  I love local apples, but I have a mild food intolerance to them, and raw they can upset my stomach.  My kid decided she was OVER apples, because that's basically all she gets when she's at her dad's.  So we've had a ton of local apples just kind of sitting in the fridge for quite a while.
This weekend, I went through the drawer and cleaned out the not fit for humans (those went in the compost), then sliced up all the rest and cooked them with onions and pork chops.  It was pretty good!  Though I would've liked them to have been caramelized more than they were.  But, at least I kept the waste down to a minimum vs ending up throwing out the whole lot of them. 

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« Reply #14919 on: March 16, 2022, 02:07:17 PM »
I feel like "treat yoself" and "buy a trash can" are basically antithetical. 

Yeah, but have you ever seen that $250 brushed stainless steel can that has a "silver ion coating" that resists germs and fingerprints and has voice activation so it opens and closes when you tell it to? YOLO!

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« Reply #14920 on: March 16, 2022, 03:05:46 PM »
Our favorite grass fed butter was on sale: buy one and get one free. We stocked up!

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« Reply #14921 on: March 16, 2022, 11:38:02 PM »
Our favorite grass fed butter was on sale: buy one and get one free. We stocked up!

I really the Irish butter from Aldi in the green foil packages.  I think it's $3.49 which is a little pricey.

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« Reply #14922 on: March 16, 2022, 11:39:41 PM »
Convinced DW to switch a majority of our kitchen-cleanup duties away from paper towels and onto washable rags.  Should save us $30-40 per year, with the added benefit of not creating quite so much pointless trash.

We use microfiber washcloths, flour sack cotton towels and those 3M yellow/green scrubby sponges for everythign in our kitchen.  We  use the same flour sack towels for table napkins when we need them.  Also we use mason jars for glasses :P  We haven't bought paper towels nor napkins in ages.
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« Reply #14923 on: March 17, 2022, 02:51:29 AM »
Convinced DW to switch a majority of our kitchen-cleanup duties away from paper towels and onto washable rags.  Should save us $30-40 per year, with the added benefit of not creating quite so much pointless trash.

We use microfiber washcloths, flour sack cotton towels and those 3M yellow/green scrubby sponges for everythign in our kitchen.  We  use the same flour sack towels for table napkins when we need them.  Also we use mason jars for glasses :P  We haven't bought paper towels nor napkins in ages.

We keep one roll of paper towel.  It is for when the dog or cat decides to vomit on the floor.  It doesn't happen often, but often enough to keep a roll in the house

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« Reply #14924 on: March 17, 2022, 04:59:16 AM »
We use natural brown paper towels (torn in half) for napkins, and then put them in our compost.  For cleaning we use washable rags and cloths. 

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« Reply #14925 on: March 17, 2022, 07:52:39 AM »
To my shame ;), I use a lot of paper towels when processing seafood. I've used kitchen towels and they retain that special fishy smell for a longggg time.
I'm convinced there is no other way, but for general use I have a lot of kitchen towels that I use.

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« Reply #14926 on: March 17, 2022, 09:29:45 AM »
DH's firm buys bales of washcloths from hotels that have removed them from service. They use them for jobsite cleanups when water isn't readily accessible and they are meant for one-time use. If chemicals or grease are involved, they are disposed of properly. If they're just dirty, DH saves them and brings them home. I wash them with bleach and they live on as cleaning rags. This makes them re-re-recycled.

I keep a roll of half sheet perforated paper towels from Costco under the sink and another in the laundry, just in case. Oh and one in the RV. I'm still only halfway through the bundle that's been on a shelf in the garage since before the pandemic began. Some times nothing but a paper towel will do, but it's not very often. Used paper towels generally go in the compost.

We use sturdy cotton cloth napkins, sourced primarily from estate sales. The beauty of buying them that way is they've already been washed multiple times and held up well. No shrinkage surprises after the first washing. No polyester, because they're not very absorbent and grease stains cling forever.
 
We have some randomly acquired microfiber cloths, but I don't like them. Too much random crap the dog tracks in sticks to them and won't wash out. The edges roll up and they won't lay flat, which just bugs me. They're colored, colored, synthetic and can't be bleached. Nope.

Once upon a time, I bought four kitchen towels that are folded in quarters lengthwise and have foldover snaps at the top. They attach to a hanging bar that fits over the cabinet door below the sink. The hanging bar came with the house and the towels were discovered on clearance at a fancypants kitchen store which I was only in because we were playing hometown tourists with visiting relatives. I wash them every other day or so. They dry easily and are readily available right where I need them. When these die, a long time from now, I'll DIY another set of them, because they are very convenient and would be easy to make.

For the RV, I cut up an old, long, linen wraparound skirt that was a travel go-to for many years. I loved it, but it became too stained to wear. I deconstructed it to make two large napkins and two dish towels. I used the waistband to make hanging loops for quick drying. I then bleached it until the stains finally came out, which, of course, removed the dye, too, but that's fine for camping. I loved that traveling skirt and I love that it still travels with me.

On the rare occasion that I need new towels, I buy them on sale at Costco. I avoid deeply saturated colors as they tend to show their age faster. The first thing I do is sew over the seams on all four sides. This makes them last for-evah. Old towels become dog washing, car washing, or big spill towels. Eventually they are donated to ARF, which happens to be the same ARF that the Prepper Princess supports, squee! Speaking of PP, was it you, @JenniferW, who recommended her? Bonus Kid will be moving out soon, so we're using her vids to teach him about running a household frugally.

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« Reply #14927 on: March 19, 2022, 01:43:22 AM »
I'm about to FIRE, Friday next week is my last day.  I've been with my current employer about 16 months, part time about 200 days in total.  Everyday I brought my lunch from home, mostly leftovers or a mixed salad.  I don't think I spent, on average, more than 10 minutes packing my (and often my husband's) lunch. I purchased my lunch on ONE occasion. Thankfully, it was a disappointment so I never repeated that mistake. I probably saved about $1000 and ate a lot more nutritious food.  Some of my colleagues buy a toasted cheese sandwich/croissant for $6, which is all that's available nearby. While I purchased more take away coffee that I would have liked, it never became a daily purchase.  We pay $5 for a coffee, so it can become a costly habit.


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« Reply #14928 on: March 19, 2022, 05:22:31 AM »
We had some stale bread that I didn't want to go to waste, but really wasn't tasting well anymore. So we had cheese toasties for breakfast. Added benefit is that 4 slices of wholewheat bread and cheese each really do filll you up so we will probably skip lunch today!

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« Reply #14929 on: March 19, 2022, 07:43:29 AM »
We had a part on our boat fixed under warranty.

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« Reply #14930 on: March 19, 2022, 05:56:54 PM »
SPRING GARDENING
1. Moved two good size, about 8-ft plus palms, the kind that cost around $250 on up, from other parts of the garden to complete my now three-year-old tropical garden installation.
I bought these palms years ago for like ten bucks - I'm totally thrilled with the outcome, it looks stunning.
Both of them had outgrown their space and were lost in the naturalization that has taken place over the past seven years in other sections of the garden.

A bit of work is all that was required - otherwise basically free. Even though palms often grow very slowly, I might try growing some from seeds.
I have a fancy triple palm that is throwing seeds everywhere, I think I may give it a shot and see what happens.

My wishlist includes a red lipstick palm, so pretty. Maybe I can score one through a local garden group, I wonder if there are plants to be had on a buy-nothing group.

2. Got a free Dill plant from seeds I had saved and threw in the garden early this spring - I'm not an overly diligent gardener and knew I wouldn't have time to look after a bunch of seedlings and one plant will usually do it for us, sometimes I get lucky and get ten plants, I find space and use for all.
12 inches tall and looking good - beginning to fill in.

3. As I declutter I'm finding plenty of material for garden projects as well as garden art, everything else is leaving the premises for donations.

4. We are currently harvesting
cabbage and peas and tomatoes as well as plenty of herbs for cooking bay leaf, rosemary, oregano, thyme, sage(s), garlic chives, chocolate mint, parsley(s) and plants for tea.
The tea plants alone are saving us a fair amount of money and once established are perennials in our climate. Like the Jasmine-Arabian tea bush, lemon verbena or pineapple mint (fruity) just to name a few. The Moroccan Mint is rapidly becoming a huge new favorite.

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« Reply #14931 on: March 20, 2022, 04:04:25 AM »
I always love reading about your garden @Rosy ! How lovely to live in a place where you can harvest fresh tomatoes in March!
I've only just started my garden and it will be some weeks until we can harvest the first things.

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« Reply #14932 on: March 20, 2022, 03:18:22 PM »
-Made my son a birthday cake
-Used ham (freezer) & chicken broth (freezer) to make soup
-Used applesauce (freezer) I made in the fall to make applesauce muffins

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« Reply #14933 on: March 20, 2022, 04:37:27 PM »
The tea plants alone are saving us a fair amount of money and once established are perennials in our climate. Like the Jasmine-Arabian tea bush, lemon verbena or pineapple mint (fruity) just to name a few. The Moroccan Mint is rapidly becoming a huge new favorite.

Thanks for the tea ideas.  We harvest Lemon Grass (the leaves), Lemon Myrtle (a native here in Australia), Mint and Lemon Verbena. I've just been given some cuttings for a variety of Hibiscus that can be used for tea so am hopeful we can add that to the selection.

We get and give plants in our 'Buy Nothing Group'. I have some plants sitting by my front door awaiting collection at the moment. My 'Buy Nothing' friend is moving house, her old place is going to be bulldozed so she's been gifting plants, including large specimens in pots, for the last few weeks. I think about half my plants have come from her place over the years.

Yesterday, at Aldi, Quinoa was available for $7.99 a kg, almost half the usual price.  Purchase some for the pantry. 

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« Reply #14934 on: March 21, 2022, 09:08:34 AM »
Fixed our clothes dryer, for the cost of a $25 part off of Amazon and a couple of hours cursing in the laundry room.  Also painted our replacement pantry doors with my wife, and finished the weeding/mulching out back. 

I've pretty much accepted the fact that every household fix will have several annoying, unforeseen complications that I'll have to pivot and figure out.  In this case, it was one screw that was basically spot-welded in place and needed to be cut off, and two hidden, nearly inaccessible screws that were not in the youtube repair video and required 20 minutes of painful contortions to remove.  Also, finding out that the custom-sized doors we ordered were slightly curved/warped and having to reinstall the hinges myself to get them to work properly.  Also, finding more gifts left by the previous homeowners in the form of damaged door brackets that were nailed in place. 

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« Reply #14935 on: March 22, 2022, 07:29:40 PM »
I got inspired to make a dish from pantry ingredients instead of ordering pizza. I really really wanted a Domino's thin crust pepperoni but made pasta with pepperoni after reading another thread here. Even with a coupon, I would've spent at least $20.

I've been really good about taking breakfast and lunch to work. (I don't get hungry until the workday is starting, so that cancels out breakfast at home.) Like another poster mentioned, I'm usually disappointed by ordering out. I *know* my leftovers will be delicious if I've already had them for dinner :) If I bought both meals out every day, that would be $100 a week!

I've been using up crafting materials to make gifts. I get the fun of using them, my stash is shrinking, and it only costs the price of the materials to finish, not the whole price of a store-bought gift.

Booked my dog's appointment after receiving an email from the vet for a discount on this particular procedure. (I didn't put off her care, it just worked out that it was about time to have the work done and it coincided with a discount.) It should save about $100.

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« Reply #14936 on: March 23, 2022, 12:48:40 PM »
The tea plants alone are saving us a fair amount of money and once established are perennials in our climate. Like the Jasmine-Arabian tea bush, lemon verbena or pineapple mint (fruity) just to name a few. The Moroccan Mint is rapidly becoming a huge new favorite.

Thanks for the tea ideas.  We harvest Lemon Grass (the leaves), Lemon Myrtle (a native here in Australia), Mint and Lemon Verbena. I've just been given some cuttings for a variety of Hibiscus that can be used for tea so am hopeful we can add that to the selection.

We get and give plants in our 'Buy Nothing Group'. I have some plants sitting by my front door awaiting collection at the moment. My 'Buy Nothing' friend is moving house, her old place is going to be bulldozed so she's been gifting plants, including large specimens in pots, for the last few weeks. I think about half my plants have come from her place over the years.

Yesterday, at Aldi, Quinoa was available for $7.99 a kg, almost half the usual price.  Purchase some for the pantry.

There is a guy in Australia with a youtube channel called "Self Sufficient Me". I've found I can grow whatever he grows here in our small area of coastal Florida. We can't grow what North Florida (not cold enough) or South Florida (not quite tropical enough) can grow. Although I do try to stretch what I can grow in my zone and occasionally it works, mostly not.
Anyway, I've learned a lot from him over the years and he is fun and inspiring to watch too.

I have not been successful with the Hibiscus Tea - totally my fault, both times. There is a Florida native variety, a rather pretty bush and tasty too. But all good things come in threes so I am up for trying one more time.

Thanks for mentioning the Lemon Myrtle, I'll have to look into that one. Since I posted, I checked on a general neighborhood group for plants, there are quite a few people selling plants at a reasonable price and in good size 3-gallon pots, I'm good with that as long as I can find what I really want that way. Free would be better, of course, so I'll make an effort to pursue what groups are active in my area.

I'm a plant-a-holic, but as I am winding down my garden activities instead of adding new sections to the garden - I really must be very selective and intentional and not be swayed by 'oh, look, shiny" - isn't this the coolest plant ever. It may be, but it will have to be cool in someone else's garden.
If I could I'd live in the middle of my garden, being surrounded by greenery, forest, flowers is paradise to me (actually, in some ways I already do:).
I like the ocean, it is invigorating but also intimidating - but give me a meadow and a brook and a witchy little hut and I'm in heaven.

The variegated Pineapple Mint is a very pretty plant - if you didn't know you'd think it was a landscape plant. If you plant it along a walkway and brush by the leaves, it releases a delightful, lightly tropical fruity scent. One of mine has decided to leave its pot and is beginning to plant itself in the potager.
That would be cool since I forgot to take cuttings the last time and was not able to find a replacement. I'm definitely making it my mission to take cuttings this time and try at least three different spots in the garden in the ground, to see if it can survive 'in the wild".
Containers are great and sometimes necessary but I limit mine primarily to the potager area with only a few pots scattered or hiding here and there.

Here is a shot of the variegated pineapple mint in a pot in the 'potager' area of my garden.


It is very windy today so the pic is a bit fuzzy and my angle is a tad wobbly too, but you can see the variegation and that as the plant grows a bit taller the leaves become slightly larger and the variegation becomes even more distinct.
A good looking plant in any herb garden. 
   

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« Reply #14937 on: March 23, 2022, 12:59:24 PM »
I turned my heat down from 68 to 64 when I left the house. I've gotten out of the habit of having a daytime setting because someone was always home, but now that my husband is back at the office, sometimes the house is empty.

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« Reply #14938 on: March 24, 2022, 08:58:19 AM »
I swapped out 2 overhead light fixtures myself. I'm learning DIY skills!

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« Reply #14939 on: March 24, 2022, 06:00:07 PM »
I've managed to get my comfort zone down to 61 degrees in the house. As long as I'm wearing a cardigan and slippers I'm comfy.

I have four clothing items that are in great shape except for a small hole. I spent my downtime at work watching tutorials on different mending techniques. At the very least I'll attempt a new thing. Once I get the technique down, I'm going to try to save a cashmere cardigan with a large hole.

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« Reply #14940 on: March 26, 2022, 04:43:06 PM »
Our cordless phone handsets were sounding scratchy and static-y.  I slid open the battery compartments, replaced the rechargeable AAAs with newer ones that I already owned, and now they work perfectly again! I'm pleased because I have owned the rechargeable batteries for a while but seldom used them, so this kind of counts as decluttering also.

I also ordered a new belt for our vacuum.  My spouse had wanted to throw the phones and vacuum away and buy new ones (it's how his family deals with broken items) but once again, I fixed them.

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« Reply #14941 on: March 26, 2022, 09:44:03 PM »
We attended the inaugural meeting of our local gardening group today (free).  We came home with three free small pots with herbs in them, including a Basil plant to overwinter inside on a sunny window sill (it's Autumn in Australia now) and some seeds. We took some home grown Lemon Grass tea leaves and made everyone a sample of tea to try.  It was popular.

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« Reply #14942 on: March 27, 2022, 11:17:18 AM »
I ordered a kit to DIY flush/descale my tankless water heater. I'm not sure how much it would be exactly to have a professional service it regularly but I imagine that I'll break even by the second time I do it. The kit cost $125.

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« Reply #14943 on: March 27, 2022, 03:26:58 PM »
1. Sanded and painted two metal garden chairs that had developed rust on the arm and on the support band. Looks like new.
2. Sanded and painted metal garden items, fancy shepherd hooks, lanterns, metal window box surround, and a couple of garden ornaments.
Cost almost zero - except for a sanding sponge, since we used paint we already had.

Three more items to go, a large metal obelisk, a garden ornament, and a metal outdoor table. Those will require three new cans of spray paint.
Definitely worth it in my book.

3. I even hand re-painted an earthenware goose that my neighbor gave me, she found it in the yard when she moved into the house next door.
Just the orange/yellow bill and web feet and the once green, now blue, festive bow.
Cost zero - free paint (I actually borrowed it) from my new neighbor who does a lot of crafts - it took only a few drops to do, then I returned the paint, because NOPE I'm not a crafter.
It took as much time to fix and remove the paint where it was not supposed to bleed into then it did to actually paint the bill, feet and bow.

I was too cheap to buy the craft paint at Michael's or wherever:).
FWIW this is the first time in my life I painted something like that - but I wanted it for my Spring/Easter Garden display in my garden and it looked a bit too bedraggled and sad.
So there you go - 20 minutes of my life - worth it? Not sure - but hey, it looks good and it was strangely satisfying to do.

4. Researched a couple of my plants and wow,
one is a desirable tropical tree (a mystery garden gift from the birds that is now six/seven feet tall) so I am moving it to become part of my Tropical Garden area.

The other is my umbrella plant, which was part of a Mother's Day gift basket ten years ago that I planted in the Back Forty.
It went wild in the garden, it is a good twelve or more feet tall and wide now. Recently bloomed too - I had no idea, interesting "flowers" - rather exotic looking actually.
We trimmed it recently for the first time ever. On a whim, I kept three branches. I literally threw them into the big cat litter box filled with water that I keep near the outdoor faucet. It comes in handy for placing nursery pots into - so they don't fall over and I can water from below - until I get a chance to plant them.
It already held some extra divided roots from my Ironcross Begonias and then I promptly forgot all about them.....

Turns out you can take cuttings, properly strip the leaves and use rooting powder to encourage new roots. Well, I did neither, but I checked what happened with my branches which were by now in slightly stinky water.
Yup, one is rooting nicely and already sprouted new baby umbrella (palmate) leaves and the other two are beginning to show some roots.
So I rinsed off the stink, stripped all the leaves (my branches were pretty big, so I kept a nice crown intact), and placed them in a vase.
I reckon in two more weeks they will be ready to plant - each is about one meter fifty tall.

Free garden gifts are the best!:) Now I can share one with my neighbor, give one to the kid and plant one of my own in the new tropical garden area.

5. My neighbor gifted us some Tiramisu, more like a huge chunk - that's what I'm enjoying along with some Turkish coffee as I write this.

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« Reply #14944 on: March 27, 2022, 09:48:00 PM »
I've been wanting some new clothes, and was planning to hit up the thrift store, but then I saw someone offering clothing in my size on my Buy Nothing group and scooped it up. I got two GIANT bags of clothes. I only went through about half of it tonight, but I've already found about ten shirts/sweaters and one dress to keep. If there are a couple pairs of pants that work for me, I should be set on clothes for at least a year.

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« Reply #14945 on: March 28, 2022, 12:01:51 AM »
We needed to buy the appliances for our next reno project. The kitchen is really small, so we had to choose very carefully. The place we usually go was having their annual blowout sale. We found everything we needed. The stove had to be ordered. This morning, someone had the very same stove on NextDoor for less than half the price! It came with their new house, but they wanted something different. We bought it and canceled the one on order, saving $750.

Yesterday, someone offered some brand-new LVP flooring on Craigslist. Today, DH went to the store it came from to get a sample. It was a little different than I had in mind, but for half price, it will be fine. Thing is, it was way more than we needed. He was asking $2500, but agreed to $2000 if we took it all. We think we might be able to use half of it and sell the rest to another buyer in the same complex, driving our final cost way down.

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« Reply #14946 on: March 28, 2022, 05:27:21 AM »
It was time to clean the wood stove pipe and cap but my old home made roof ladder rotted and broke two years ago.
My roof is a 12/12 pitch metal roof, but with a 3/12 dormer on one side that starts just under the ridge. Once I get up there it's a nice place to work. The cap is removable with two bolts and I already have a 6" brush with 20' of copper pipe extensions. I pull the pipe up off the stove slightly (it's a single wall "telescoping" pipe from stove to ceiling, then double wall) and tape a garbage bag to it and clean from the top down, catching the debris in the bag.
To get up there I took apart an old aluminum extension ladder and cut it to 15'. I wrapped short carpet scraps around the ladder to make three points of contact on each side so it won't scratch the metal roof. I attached a ladder hook that my painter gave me, it has  a little wheel on one side so you roll it up the roof, then flip it over the ridge so the hook is now pressing on the opposite side, and up you go.
Cap cleaned, stove pipe cleaned, wood stove in service.
Then I went fishing :-)

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« Reply #14947 on: March 28, 2022, 06:03:11 PM »
I bought several baskets for an organizing project and didn't need three of them. I took them back to the store instead of holding on to them just in case. I got $30 back.
I got a coupon in the mail for $5 off any item at a nearby auto parts store. A four-pack of batteries I needed was $5.49, so I got them for $0.53 after tax.
A coworker went on leave a day earlier than expected and left lots of packaged food in the communal fridge. They said help ourselves to anything since it would go bad before their return. I had lunch with some of the items today and plan on tomorrow as well. Almost free lunch!

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« Reply #14948 on: March 28, 2022, 09:23:10 PM »
Bottom section of my dishwasher stopped working a few days ago.  I didn't notice it right away, but when I did, it was the metal underside of the main spinning wheel had detached on one side.  First thought was "oh crap, I need a new dishwasher".  Second thought was "I bet I could just replace the part for a lot less $$", but tracking down the part is going to take time.  Third thought was "Hmm, I wonder if I could just re-attach that metal leg myself?" 

So I grabbed a rubber band and tied it all together, and...... it worked.  I let it run several times over the past few days to make sure it would hold.  But so far so good.  Definitely saved me some money.

I have done a few fixes lately with Sugru (moldable silicone) including a lamp, my charger cables, a broken plate, a laptop stand, and adding grips on hangers. On their ideas page it has a few fixes for inside the dishwasher using it - once it cures it is water-resistant and heat resistant and holds up really well.

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« Reply #14949 on: March 29, 2022, 12:07:22 AM »
I made Falafel using dried Broad Beans (Fava), very tasty and cheap, less than $2 for 20 (six meals). Here's the recipe: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/mar/20/worlds-best-falafel-recipe-henry-dimbleby-back-to-basics The Garlic Mint Sauce (recipe in article above) is delicious.  I used mint from the garden and home made yogurt.   In my opinion, at least as tasty as the Falafel Kebab I purchased recently from a food van for $16 (my friend and I shared it).