30 pounds down

30 pounds down
Size 16--Size 8

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Tightwad things I did today

1) I'm an avid coffee drinker, and lucky for me I drink one of the cheaper brands. I'm a Folgers kind of girl. A big tub of Folgers in the midwest will run about $7. Occasionally Dollar General will have it in special for $5. A rule for saving money is to not spend money, so one needs to do without, make it last longer, etc. Going through coffee withdrawal is not on my list of things to do, so I need to figure out how to make it last longer. I am know to re-use the same grounds throughout the day--just add a little more coffee grounds to the used ones. At the end of the day, i throw it out, otherwise it gets moldy. So, I am taking the filter out and spreading the grounds so that they can dry. Folgers is grounds coarsely--and I'm thinking that if I regrind the grounds (lol) I can get another use from them. Well see. Doesn't cost anything to try.
2) I have a backyard flock of chickens. With the weeks of recent snow, I've been going through more feed than usual as the birds aren't able to scratch the ground to forage. I'm low on feed. I considered buying a new bag (about $9), but remembered that I have a bag of sunflower seeds on my kitchen floor that were for the big bird feeder that used to hang in the tree that was cut down...so, chickens have sunflower seeds mixed into their regular feed. I also supplement with table scraps and vegetable cuttings. Using the sunflower seeds from the kitchen helps eliminate clutter about the house in addition to delaying the purchase of chicken feed by about 2 weeks.
3) Refridgerator make-over (still in progress). Trying to use up what's on hand in the fridge and deep freeze. Using what's on hand, means I don't have to spend money at the store---just yet. I have a ham thawed out in the fridge, but it is too salty for sandwiches (package says "sugar cured" lol), so I cut the ham off of the bone to freeze for soups, etc. I boiled the bone with vegetable trimmings that I don't feed the chickens (onions, etc will flavor chicken eggs and are best avoided). I keep a special container in the freezer for cuttings to boil into soup stock. So, I now have a large pot of soup stock to freeze in smaller containers, along with ham bits for beans, fried rice, etc. I'm going to try and not let anything spoil in the fridge this year. No science experiments growing in the fridge!

1 comment:

  1. I was very disappointed in the ham I bought this year...tasted it at Sam's and it was very good and not salty at all. Mine, even with the glaze, was salty. If you had yours frozen, I have read that will make them more salty, for some reason. I am sure mine was frozen before I bought it, which caused it to be salty as well. It will be going in with some pinto beans this week.