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Toilet Paper and Seedling Time! To save a few pennies…

Toilet Paper and Seedling Time! To save a few pennies…

This year I am keeping it simple. (Work hard, but not get carried away.) Our garden was prepped last fall with compost and chipbrush. I am praying and believing for soil that is rarin’ and ready to go by Last Frost.

Our first batch of seedlings are in the windowsill, in homemade newspaper boxes. Easy and free. I also have eggshell cups waiting for the smaller seedlings, when it is time to start those.

The seeds are all heirloom seeds I saved from the last couple years. Praise God for that! God invented sustainability.  (What are heirloom seeds? non-genetically-modified seeds; the plants they produce will give seeds that can be saved to produce after their own kind. The seeds and seedlings from the store are usually gmo, and will be good only for one growing season. If you save the seed from your gmo plants, you will get an inferior or failed crop the next time around.)

What was my other money-saving tip? Huh? Oh, yeah…

Hubby and I decided that toilet paper is entirely too unhealthy, non-sustainable, and EXPENSIVE, so I went ahead and purchased Soft Spray  (pronounced “biday”) http://products.mercola.com/toilet-bidet/ It was our Valentine’s Day present. I know! So romantic. It was what I WANTED :P

Don’t worry, we will also continue to keep TP on hand How do I feel about the bidet? I love it, but it is a spraying hazard. Picture trying to get a 3-year-old’s cute little bum all the way back to the right spot on the potty. Ha! The water goes spraying straight up into the air. Everyone gets wet, and all in the wrong places. So, the learning curve is happening.

Overall, I really like the Soft Spray Bidet. Definitely an investment.

Cheers!  To clean bums and happy gardening.

Whole Wheat Substitute

Whole Wheat Substitute

Ever look for a whole wheat option for a recipe? I don’t know why there are not more whole wheat recipes out there.

Solution: Substitute whole wheat flour, (or buckwheat flour, coconut flour, what have you…) and increase the fat content just a titch. Maybe another splash of water, too.

Stop looking for “whole wheat cookie/cake/bread recipes”.

Done.

Happy baking!

My Best Money Savers

My Best Money Savers

Absolute  money savers in my world:

 

 

  1. Shop once monthly. Period. Every purchase has to be preplanned, very thoughtfully. Food, clothing, etc. Once the decision is made, it has to last a month!
  2. If it can be made, make it. (Some things don’t make it to the budget. Forgot to budget in a birthday gift for great-great Aunt Clarabella-Darling? DIY picture album, full of loving notes from Your’s Truly. Etc.) Lotions, soaps, makeup, toothpaste, lunches, wine, coffee, pizza? Make it. Decorative crafts? Don’t make it unless it is a hobby that truly fulfills you :)
  3. Ugly floors are beautiful in comparison to a credit card balance.
  4. Stuff– we don’t need it. Our world tells us we need new clothes. Last time I checked, I can barely fit the clothes I have into our closets. They are not the most stylish, but they are certainly functional. This year we give ourselves the smallest clothing budget we have ever had. I’m kind of excited! Love a challenge.
  5. Credit cards are for fuel and medical emergencies. I am a lot more conscious about putting in an Amazon order, knowing it is coming from our checking account. I once over-drafted, and I don’t want to go there again!

Basically, these money-saving tips are mind games that work, at least for me.

Those dandelions in the dish are tantalizing! Have you ever had dandelion omelet? Come on over sometime, as soon as winter is over, when there are fresh (and free!) beauties spring up for us to enjoy.

Here is to paying off a lot of debt, saving, and stocking up on things that really matter.

Cheers!

Micro-Mini-Small Business? Don’t Take Initiative

Micro-Mini-Small Business? Don’t Take Initiative

Here you go. http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/11-year-old-girl-banned-from-selling-cupcakes-by-control-freak-government-bureaucrats

Whatever you do, don’t take initiative. The Feds are waiting with red tape, creating laws to fine the profit out of our endeavors. How else are they supposed to pay off over $17 trillion national debt? http://www.usdebtclock.org/

Barter while we can?

Cheers…

Seeking a Simpler Life

Seeking a Simpler Life

Oh, for the idyllic, family-centered life.

This is the last post I will be linking to facebook, because we are breaking up! (myself and facebook, that is) It’s time. I have heard myself talk about being too busy one too many times, and this is something I can eliminate without detracting from my family, or myself, in any way.  When you’re too busy, something has to go.

Some things to consider letting go:

  • TV and movies (at least not every day. Once a week would be perfect for me–if I had the time!)
  • Fitness? No! Getting out of shape will make you slower in all areas, be it physical, mental, emotional, etc. Personally, I am not able to get to the gym these days. Shovelling snow, dancing with the children, doing a few crunches and stretches… It all adds up.
  • Sleep? Even bigger NO. Losing sleep to get stuff done is counter-productive. If it does not make you sick, prolonged loss of sleep will detract from your overall health.
  • Simple meals-  One big pot of soup to warm up and eat all week long may be boring, but it is totally ok.
  • Showering every day… Sorry to be so rude. If you are not covered in motor oil, sheetrock dust, or the baby’s spit-up, there is no need to shower every day. I shower 2x/week. There, I said it. Unless I get all sweaty working out, 2 weekly showers are more enough. Any time I had to shower more than that, I was detoxing, which results in body odor. Pinpoint toxins in the body, remove those, and notice the difference in less body odor! Hair and skin produces less oil when it is washed less frequently. If my hair looks limp, I sometimes touch up with dry shampoosee my post on how to make dry shampoo http://westernwoman.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/things-i-no-longer-buy/ .  But my main reason for fewer showers is water conservation.
  • Dirty dishes- Everyone uses their own cup all day. Soup and salad gets served in the same dish (Yes, children, deal with it.) Serving platters. What?
  • Laundry- If it looks clean and it smells clean, it is clean. Don’t automatically throw everything in the wash the first time. Who has time to be constantly doing laundry?
  • Limit Outings- Our outings are minimal–basically, shopping, picking up raw milk, library, visiting family, and church. These activities are bundled into 2 outings/week. Shopping happens once, monthly. I have highest respect for soccer moms, but it is not for me. My family and I do very well at home with our school projects, crafts, chickens, etc.
  • Schedule- Most importantly, a written schedule, with the little things to remember to fit into the day (call Great Aunt Helga-Marie, change the chickens’ bedding, etc.) is the way I keep my sanity! I write it down and pray over it. But… as we all know, The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps (Prov. 16:9)

I have given up things like doing my makeup, teaching Zumba, midweek activities, and other extras. It is hard to see what could possibly be trimmed even more! But, God always surprises me when I ask those questions. Remember to ask, “How can I get organized, be less busy, take care of myself, focus on family…?”

Stop, breathe, assess. Life was meant to be full, but not so busy.

Be blessed, be at peace.

Cheers!

Survival Summit

Survival Summit

Free Survival Summit live-streaming conference this week, each day’s session available just 24 hours.  http://thesurvivalsummit.com/day-1/

Today’s speakers are:

    • Training Your Mind To Think Clearly In Life Or Death Scenarios–Travis Haley
    • How To Grow All Your Own Food, Without Irrigation… Even If You Live In A Dry Climate–Paul Wheaton
    • Locating The Perfect Survival Retreat or Homestead–Marjory Wildcraft
    • Top 10 Off-The-Grid Cooking Solutions In A World Without Power (Indoors & Outdoors)–Tess Pennington
    • How To Survive A Nuclear Event & The Spreading Fallout–Dr. James Hubbard

Today’s resources available for free until 8:59 AM tomorrow. I’m not missing out.

Frugal Fails

Frugal Fails

 

 

 

 

Failures of frugality. Bursting my bubble.

  1. Trying to do everything yourself in order to save money, but got overwhelmed and forgot to pay a bill, bring that coupon, turn off the stove?
  2. Renting a movie, then finding that same one for free at the library, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Youtube, or in your own private library.
  3. Nothing like having clothes fall apart in public! Clothes should be cheap, but not cheaply made. Key is natural fibers like wool, cotton and leather for long-lasting wear.
  4. Did you ever take a trip, intending to ‘muscle through,’ but you got so tired you lost your way, drove in circles for a few hours, and ended up staying at a random (and rather expensive) hotel? Been there.
  5. GPS is too expensive. So are smart phones. Again, with the getting lost. If I could take back all the hours and gallons of fuel from driving in circles, I could buy 3 smartphones, and a GPS for each vehicle.
  6. Skipping vitamins in the name of frugality = probably get sick more often = lost wages = doctor visits (I. If you can’t afford vitamins, drink cod liver oil. II. If you can’t afford cod liver oil, get  food in its most whole form possible to retain nutrients; III. Do both of options even if you do take good vitamins)
  7. Thrift stores are often over-priced; but it’s definitely better than buying full price!
  8. Thrift store finds are only frugal if you actually need the item…
  9. Chickens like free post-dated bread, but they won’t lay as many eggs! Give them some protein.
  10. Apparently, simmering cinnamon sticks and apple juice to improve the post-fish dinner aroma is not a frugal way to freshen up the house–if you can’t remember to turn off the stove.

Try again.

Cheers ;)

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