Blog on saving money and living on a budget in CT.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Watching my pennies
Watching my pennies where ever I can: pictured is a Dollar Tree "humidity" bag. I used 2 of these down cellar instead of running the costly dehumidifier. At our last rental, our electric bill jumped $60 a month while using the dehumidifier. $2 is easier on the budget. I couldn't find these exact bags again, but I bought 2 charcoal filter dehumidifier collectors in plastic tubs. Again $2 vs $60.
Here's my new, Amish style clothesline. Cost more than anticipated, BUT it will come with me when I leave (except for the 2 metal hooks). It's roughly 90 feet long, will hold 2 HE large capacity washer loads on it.
Here's the other view of Monday afternoon's laundry hanging session. Another load was hung out in the dark, after supper. Came home today (Tues) and it was all nice and dry!
Here's today's (Tues) afternoon laundry session, another 2 loads. Washed in cold, hung up to dry.
Sunday supper was from the freezer: marked down, chicken drums that I roasted. Sides were a large tossed salad, baked acorn squash with butter, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg-YUM! Brownies for dessert.
Sunday's breakfast was also from the freezer: used a loaf of marked down and frozen Challah bread for a batch of French toast. I use the microwave as a holding oven while cooking. Works great! Scrambeld eggs on the side, OJ, coffee.
Tonight's supper: beef stew, using my last pkg of fzn beef cubes. It may be some time before we have this again.
What's not so great: food waste. Older "kids" tell me that they want supper, please cook enough for them. Once home from work, they don't eat it-GRR and it becomes a science experiment in the fridge, taking up valuable realty space in the process. Only good thing about this is that we dump it over the stone wall and I am certain that the wild animals (deer, fox, racoons, squirrels etc) are feasting on it. Not in my trash bag so no order, and less weight to pay for. Still, this waste has to end.
Our last Summer CSA share from yesterday: parsley, pint cherry tomaotes, lb tomatoes, leeks, arugula, 2 green peppers, collards, lettuce, 2 lbs potatoes. In 2 weeks, our Fall CSA will start.