A few weeks later found me planting more green, herbal goodness that I found for a few dollars each at our local nursery, Brita's Old Town Garden. Parsley, Purple Kale and Cabbage, along with a lovely Lavender bush found earlier that week Trader Joe's (top photo of collage) joined the... Click HERE to read the full post and see all the photos.
As with most people, the advent of the new year has us combing the budget to patch the leaks... reassessing our spending habits... and battening down our spending in order to accommodate a tighter budget. Because of this I've been especially inspired by all of the frugal ideas found throughout this wonderland of Bloglandia. Sending gratitude and thanks to all who so generously share their life~enhancing frugal strategies... you are very appreciated.
Here are a few simple ways we've been practicing the art of frugality in our realm of reality recently.
|I finally tried this great idea that's been rolling around Pinterest for awhile: Instead of throwing out the stub of our organic celery I put it in a bit of water on the window sill and use the leaves in cooking. If all goes well....|
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As I was digging through the soil, I thought of something I'd read long ago: Anything of value multiplies when it's given...
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- Every evening, after dinner, I would choose an old movie to watch on video or television (I enjoy watching those with a holiday theme...to spark my enthusiasm). I settled myself in a comfortable seat in the family room to prepare the apples [for the apple pies I planned to give as gifts]. Flanked by two large mixing bowls, I peeled and cored apples over bowl #1. Next I cut the peeled apples into slices directly over bowl #2 (I also added a bit of lemon juice at the bottom of the bowl beforehand, to prevent the apples from browning). This process continued until all of the apples were processed, taking about two hours. I then seasoned the apples with cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and cloves and set them, covered, in the refrigerator. The following evening, while playing my favorite Christmas music, I prepared a quantity of pie crusts, and proceeded to bake the apple pies. [See HERE for more on easy food prep.]
- My "movie watching strategy" is also quite effective for many craft projects as well. You may settle yourself in a comfortable chair and hand sew or craft over a deep (2 inch) lap-size tray (you may substitute cardboard boxes, or jelly roll pans if you have no trays available). Doing this keeps your mess within a confined space (the tray) and makes clean up simple and easy. If your project requires several days, you may set aside your tray (perhaps on a closet shelf) until you have a chance to finish.
Create a master craft and cooking/baking list helps you to budget your time. Because you are able to see at a glance... click HERE to read remainder of this (much longer) post
As you probably already have guessed, I am a list~maker and leave very little to memory. In fact, the only thing I really leave to memory is where I put my lists! I've found that lists are an invaluable tool for staying focused. My memory is on overload most of the time so I especially love the idea of a Master List of Potential Accomplishments and have long used this tactic to unburden myself mentally.
I firmly believe there is a kind of a natural magic in list~making. The very act of writing out your potential accomplishments sends a message to your central nervous system and consequently you find yourself doing the very things you want to get done! CLICK HERE TO READ FULL POST.
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How are you practicing the art of frugality lately? Here are some of the ways I've recently exercised the art...plugging the small leaks in my ship.
-- William Shakespeare
Several years ago after reading about...and being intrigued by...a somewhat mysterious food-alchemy called "fermentation" ....
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"It is the thrifty who prepare today for the wants of tomorrow."
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Join nationally recognized multi-media radio talk show host and award winning producer Patricia Raskin, as she interviews Tracey McBride, author of Frugal Luxuries: Simple Pleasures to Enhance Your Life and Comfort Your Soul and Frugal Luxuries by the Seasons: Celebrate the Holidays with Elegance and Simplicity--on Any Income. Chicago Tribune wrote "Think of Tracey McBride as the Martha Stewart of the cheapskate set". She had delighted thousands by elevating the skill of living frugally to an art form. Tracey will discuss cost-effective ways to bring in the new year with beauty and joy.