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7/13/11 10:00 A

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Cleaning out my daughter's closet so that any clothes that are too small can be sold at the church consignment sales I've signed up for. Most of her clothes were either bought at yard sales, thrift stores, or given to us by my mother who bought them on sale so even if I sell them for a cheap price, I'm still making money back.

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2/21/11 5:44 A

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packed a lunch in hopes of a healthy work day

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2/2/11 1:30 P

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Exercising with the snow shovel before deciding about calling the plow guy.

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Have a snuggle blanket at my desk while working

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2/1/11 6:15 A

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ah, the motivation of big bills to keep us frugal!

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didn't go shopping. ps... bill was pretty spendy, it has been a cold winter so far.

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got my power bill (minus 8 here sometimes) and shut off two rooms that don't have water pipes associated with them so I heat less space (but air them occasionally to prevent mold). Another room has a half bath so I keep that door cracked at the heat at 50 or less, and water dribbling. Our community forgives any water usage that keeps pipes from breaking in winter if you let them know that's what you are doing... so I let them know. Here's hoping next month's bill is better.

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1/11/11 8:31 A

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i hanged clothes to dry (no dryer)(i have a dryer)
i was alone for lunch so i had toast , no cooking no electricity needed
took all the plugs of what is not used at the moment out
i do that everyday in fall to spring
for dinner we are having fish that my hubbie fished and squib
bbq it
again no eletricity needed
so i guess today was a good day


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1/10/11 9:05 P

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I had a no drive day, but I miss the horses...

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1/10/11 3:20 P

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made bean greek soup for lunch
cheap not at all expendive
but very healthy


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1/9/11 1:00 A

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made home made pizzas
2 extra large
home made sauce hame made bread
for lunch the kids and i are having pizza again
and hubby is having the beef from friday
trying to cut back from waste in this house is what i'm trying for


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horsehabit... that's a wonderful idea!

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Made plans to recycle presents (got and gave permission). A too small hat will go in next years Operation Christmas Child donation. I'm going to start crafting now for less stress next Christmas !
Wendy

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My daughter's friend gave her a coat she didn't want any more. It didn't fit my daughter, so I ended up with it. Most of the buttons were hanging by threads. I repaired it. It is actually a nicer coat than the one I have that is the same weight. I have started wearing it on week-days.

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cheap comfies - just before bed, stick the quilt in the dryer for a few minutes... yes, it uses power, but it feels NICE before going to sleep on a 20 degree night - and I guess it's less expensive than an electric blanket (which is still less than heating a whole room).

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11/22/10 7:23 P

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I thought using your utilities during off-peak hours only had a financial advantage to large industries. At least around here. We have never had black outs due to power over usage, either. The only way we can save on utilities, is not to use power, or cut the use. Our house has been rated as energy efficient - we will get a tax deduction for this. I did use the oven this evening. But I often think of alternatives, as I figure that has to cost more than some methods.

I have found it hard to fill the washer to full loads. Our washer saves water [no financial advantage to that - it would be unusual for a family of four to go over the minimum water. With only two of us, we never do.] Any way, I have started finding new ways to fill a load. I think it costs the same for power whether the washer is full or not.

Today, I finished making about 3 quarts of chicken broth from left over chicken carcass. I divided it between a number of containers and put it in the freezer. I have mentioned that I did this before. I make it in the crockpot.

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I'm not certain that the "off peak" use option on my power bill will work for me (cheaper power but a measuring fee), so I'm working on trying to use appliances later in the day to see if I CAN make those shifts.

As it does in some places, it gets COLD here (projected to be zero degrees F. tomorrow night), so I'm trying to do things like run laundry later in the evening.

Unless it's really cold in the a.m., I turn off the "pipe protecting" drip in the sink in the day time, turning it on at night and notifying my city that I'm using the drip method to protect my pipes. (They give a credit for letting water drip during the very cold season so water doesn't get wasted when pipes break.)

I've also noticed that timing laundry and such for later in the evening provides a slight amount of warmth in the house - this is a good way to capitalize on that.

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11/22/10 11:31 A

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I put plastic shrink wrap on my windows to minimize heat loss.

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11/20/10 6:27 A

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"Roasting" a chicken in the crock pot.

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Wrote a request to help my sister's rescue organization - her Christmas present, if I can pull it off!

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After a windstorm, hunted down my trash container (it went to the other side of the house) so I don't have to buy a new one. It took a while to find it.

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Took a water bottle from home with me while running errands.

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keep a small blanket available as a shawl when working at the computer - try to keep house temperatures a few degrees cooler to minimize fuel costs.

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11/12/10 8:09 P

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stopped at the cheap gas station on my way home

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11/11/10 8:07 A

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Today, I have only eaten breakfast.

Last evening, we went to a free showing of Casablanca.
We had never seen it before & it was really enjoyable.

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11/10/10 2:13 P

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today, I cooked.

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netflix and hulu and online news rather than cable

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This was a couple days ago.
Saturday was my husband's birthday and we went out to eat at Outback to celebrate. I brought more than half my steak home. Had the rest of it slice over a salad the next day.

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11/6/10 11:23 A

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closed off rooms when not in use to conserve heat. close blinds to minimize heat loss at night, open them to add to light in the house in the daytime.

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Kept the woodstove going.

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Cooked white chili using left over poultry.

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cleaned out the cabinet under the sink to save the plumber's time for a repair.

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10/29/10 2:46 P

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Today, I just made oatmeal the old fashion way on the stove top. Now that I have done it, the clean up from the baked oatmeal was easier.

I am also making another batch of yogurt in my crockpot.


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10/28/10 8:13 A

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that oatmeal sounds great- I liked the added protien of the egg.
I AM going toeat at home today.

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sounds delicious, 60!
today I had a shopping free day.

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I made baked oatmeal. Warmed a chilly house while I did it. This is my recipe.

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yay you, P! today I paid bills on line, saving stamps.

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9/30/10 10:29 P

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I went to Cold Stone Creamery and had free ice cream today! :) And being the sparkilicious girl I am, I even planned it ahead in my meal plan!

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9/28/10 1:28 A

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Though I had to make a trip to the grocery store to supplement it, I had most of a can of tomato paste leftover from making bruschetta this weekend. So we decided to use the shrimp in the freezer and the tomato paste and some new stuff to make shrimp creole! YUM!! And really good for you! AND I got celery so I cut up the extras and put them in a container in the fridge for future week snacking! :)



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bought horse vitamins in bulk with a friend. double checked that the price per pound really was lower where I ordered, and as we have a larger order, we saved $6 "handling" fee. So we got a good deal on the supplements, minimized duplicate shipping and handling charges, and got a lower price per pound. Split out, it saves us about $12 each or more when all is said and done - and it works a treat for hoof problems due to mineral deficiencies in the local soil.

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I plan my trips to take advantage of the least gas prices, including the Safeway mileage discounts. Closest is 70 miles away, so I make sure I can get there, fill up (27 cents a gallon difference)

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I'm practicing minimizing my electricity use during the high use days. If it makes enough difference I will switch to the "as used" power plan. Right now it's not clear if it will help, so I'm working on adjusting behavior first!

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I try to daily put out water to heat up to do the dishes & always have them done before the sun goes down.



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Parked my truck and walked to work 6 miles.

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Took a nap rather than "anxiety shopping".

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I baked a birthday cake from scratch rather than spending too much buying an overprocessed cake from the bakery!

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I lock my credit card up in the fire safe unless I know I have a planned purchase! (I also combine my trips as much as possible - living 70 miles from nowhere, driving is the main way to get places, but by combining trips, I usually can get through a month on no more than two small tanks of gas.)

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I mailed *back* a 'health book' I bought from an online ad-- the book was really 'drivel' and not what I was hoping for.... but would have cost me over $45 if I'd kept it!! I made my decision very *quickly* (within 2 days of receiving it), and had kept the box and all 'paperwork', so was easy to do. Phew!!!

And today I was in my 7th half-marathon walking race, and I *didn't* spend any money buying old race t-shirts for races I was not in :-). AND I'd signed up early enough for us to get a decent 'discount' on the race, too :-).


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I have horses but no horse trailer. I saved $40 on a farm visit by leading the mare up and back, and got 3 miles of walking in, too!

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Had leftovers for lunch. And saved my bags to reuse. Only dry products.





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