Category Archives: Saving money

Halloween fright

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Halloween fright

What scares me the most on Halloween is the amount of money people dump into costumes! All together for three costumes, our family total was under $8. We borrowed or repurposed. We crafted and tinkered. Batman?

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No cost, all items on hand.
Hello Kitty?
A clearance tutu at Meijers $3, an old shirt $0, and felt sheets $0.60.

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Harry Potter?
No problem. A shirt in Griffindor colors $0, a borrowed Griffindor robe and scarf $0, and a broom from home.

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A small face paint kit for Kitty and a scar, $3.99.

Priceless, not overpriced, fun.

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Birthday giving

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Anniversaries have a gift by year. To my knowledge, birthdays do not. This year, my 39th year of alivehood, I received a blender for my morning smoothies, clothes iron, and an UP fitness band. Hmm, what’s the message? What am I missing?

39th gifts to impress? More like preparation gifts. Guess I have some prep work for reaching 40.

Money changes everything

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Walking the dog one morning, I jammed along to Cyndi Lauper’s “Money Changes Everything” chorus. So true!

Money changes everything
Money, money changes everything
We think we know what we’re doin’
That don’t mean a thing
It’s all in the past now
Money changes everything

I am glad that our family is able to find joy in the little (frugal) things, live with limited labels, and openly talk about money.  After all, it changes everything.

Puke, clean, craft. Repeat

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While home with an ill child, I was bored. There is only so much cleaning, tv watching, reading this girl can do. As my youngest napped off and on, I disinfected, cleaned, and crafted. Nothing fancy since clearly I would need to jump at a moments gag or moan.

Six hours later, things are disinfected, crafts completed, and I am relaxed.

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Artisan bread take two

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Following the success of the 5 minute bread, today I pulled out the remaining 1 1/2 pounds of refrigerated dough. With sick kids milling about, I mixed 3 Tablespoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and a handful each of raisins and chocolate chips and kneaded it into the dough.

425 degrees and 35 minutes later, our house smells like a bakery and all are awaiting the taste test.

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Pinterest hoarder

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English: Red Pinterest logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pinterest is addicting. So much so that my arts and crafts room is beginning to look like my grandma’s post WWII era cupboards. Egg cartons, tin cans, toilet rolls, plastic of any kind. I save every little bit for the next Pinterest day. The crafts counter is littered with half projects awaiting the arrival of items to complete the projects. I’m a Pinterest hoarder and I’m okay with that.

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What to do with leftovers?

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Leftovers.  I am not a fan.  Most pasta dishes I will reheat.  My issue is my palette senses subtle  changes in reheated meat.  We only use ground turkey, but reheated?  No thank you.  I can handle ham reheated, but we do not enjoy it often.  Beef, okay, but again it is about once a month.  Chicken?  Cold, blah.  Microwaved, yuck!  Most soups sans meat, yes please!  Leftovers save money, I get it.  But most are not for me.  Perhaps I need to be more creative.   A few weeks ago on Chopped, the chefs had to craft an appetizer, dinner, and dessert from leftovers.  Not a casserole in sight.  I salivated.

Before me sat a tub of mashed potatoes from Grandma and a container of freshly shredded carrots courtesy of M.  From the pantry I grabbed garlic powder, an onion, and salt & pepper.  A saute pan, some non-stick spray, and minutes later – delicious potato-carrot pancakes!  Topped with unsweetened applesauce and multiple servings later, happy smiles and filled tummies surrounded our table.  I was impressed.

Potato-carrot cakes

Potato-carrot cakes

Unfortunately the evidence disappeared, we enjoyed every last pancake.  Have you ever whipped up a concoction and impressed yourself with its tastiness?