Little preparedness tip: If you don’t already keep bottled and bulk water on hand, you can start doing so by refilling gallon vinegar jugs with water when you use them up. I buy vinegar in bulk because I use it for cleaning and fabric softener. As each bottle is used up, I fill it back up with tap water and mark the lid “NP H2O” with a permanent marker. (NP stands for non-potable. I know one could filter it and a smidge of vinegar in your water wouldn’t be bad for you [might even be good for you?], but I just look at it as a flushing/rinse/cleaning water so I don’t waste time and water rinsing the jugs.)
Why is this so necessary? I’ve had water pipes freeze, our water go out because of a leak at the local water tower, and oh yeah, that whole Chernobyl thing back in my youth. Having water on hand for drinking, hygiene, and flushing is one of the fastest ways to get started on your preparedness journey.
Don’t use gallons of vinegar for cleaning? If you have any canning jars sitting around waiting to be refilled in the new canning season, fill them up with water. Don’t let them sit on the shelf empty! If you’ve got to store them, store them full. You can always use the water for watering plants as you get closer to canning time.
Hello, hello! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve had some time away due to the children’s schedules and focusing on some offline projects, so I haven’t given much priority to Ye Olde Blogge. 😉 I have been making sure to read Brandy’s Frugal Accomplishments posts each week, and the comments on them – I sure do love seeing that post appear on my feed each week! I’m finally ready to do up a bit of a post myself again; I’m sure I’ve forgotten some things, but perhaps not. Maybe it’s just a matter of not doing much other than what was right in front of me the past few weeks. My daughter was away for a month for visitation and my husband was away for a training for several weeks, so my son and I just went about our days and let things lie, nice and quiet. There’s a lot to be said for staying home and reading a book when it comes to frugal living! Continue reading
A dear friend asked me a while back how to prepare for drought and heat. After all, she remarked, it seems so much simpler to prepare for cold weather and how to keep warm if the power goes out. But what do we do if water rations take effect or for a summer power outage?
These are things I’ll be addressing soon – I’ve got two different articles in the works for you on the matter. In the meantime, I’d love to know how YOUR family adapts during hot weather and deals with drought. (And no, hiding in the air conditioning at the mall or library doesn’t technically count – it’s already on the list and what most folks automatically do!)
Happy Monday, everyone! It’s time for another frugal accomplishments check-in with The Prudent Homemaker. Be sure to pop by and visit Brandy and the other frugalites when you get a chance.
As for me, I’ve got some basic things to share and some exciting (well, to ME) news. As some of you know, I’ve got some irons in the fire for longer works. I figured it was about time to get an author page going on Facebook to prepare for when they are ready to be released. In the meantime, it will give us a place to visit and share thoughts in between blog posts, since I keep those fairly sparse. So come on by for a chat and if you like, “Like” the page. I’d sure love to hear from you there. (And hey, the Facebook page is free, so that’s frugal, right?)
Here’s the rest of my frugal doings Continue reading
The past week has been another quiet one for us, especially with taking the holiday weekend off of a lot of things. I had big plans to go do fun things, then ended up with a tweaked spot in my back and a lot of hobbling when I made it off the couch. Ah well – the upside is that we didn’t end up at the zoo, firing range, or any place else that would have cost an entry fee. Silver linings, right? Here’s my wee list of frugal accomplishments, to go along with Brandy’s post for the week. (Be sure to pop through to her blog if you’ve been waiting for her baby name announcement!)
- Opened/closed windows/blinds/curtains to keep house cooler
- Purchased food to take with us to the airport and air museum vs buying at there. My daughter’s flight for visitation was around lunchtime, so she had lunch and some snacks with her. I was going to take my son to the air museum (we have an annual membership) after she flew out, so he and I ate in the truck before going to wander the displays, and had snacks for the road home afterward.
- Used drying racks and wool dryer balls as needed (only my husband’s laundry was run in the electric dryer).
- Ate from the pantry most meals and snacks.
- Used cloth handkerchiefs and personal wipes.
- Purchased more LED bulbs for the house – I originally only needed one for a table lamp, but spotted a large package of the candelabra-base bulbs for putting in the rest of our ceiling fixtures. We also took advantage of a sale on charcoal: double-bagged charcoal was half price, so we got two bags for $9.99 vs $20.
- Used the Sun Oven to bake a lemon pound cake and to reheat a large stromboli (purchased at the farmers market) for our Friday meal while husband and son were swimming at the base pool (free entry).
- Used naproxen and essential oils already on hand to treat my sore back.
- Read multiple books borrowed on Kindle Unlimited and Overdrive.
- Downloaded and read a free cookbook on Kindle.
- Received a free food preservation e-book as a subscriber to a “cheapskate” e-newsletter; downloaded that to read later.
- Received two free e-books for signing up to the e-newsletter of an author whose work I enjoy; they are prequels to two of her series I have already read, so I downloaded those to read later as well.
- Used ceiling fans instead of air conditioning as much as possible.
- Drove the truck as little as possible, outside of our trip to the airport. Since my daughter will be gone for a month, I will have much less driving to do for a while, which saves diesel. Her fall GED classes won’t begin for a couple of weeks after she gets back, so that will save some as well.
- Saw a DVD set of all six discs of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies for $20 at Walmart; picked those up and we had a family movie marathon over the long weekend. Snacks from the pantry too!
- Son played various free space and flight apps on my phone and worked on his Spanish and German lessons using the free Duolingo app.
- Used homemade cleaning supplies around the house.
- Reused plastic shopping bags as bathroom trash liners. (I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that lately – but I don’t buy trash can liners for the little cans, and haven’t for about 20 years! I use my reusable shopping bags as much as possible, and save any plastic shopping bags we do accrue as trash bags.)
- Read blogs online and chatted with friends via text (free entertainment and fellowshipping, right?)
- Entered Swagbucks and InboxDollars codes whenever I found them and did the daily SB survey.
- Son had a dental exam and cleaning; he received a free toothbrush and sample sizes of floss and toothpaste, as well as a token for a small toy.