Sunday, August 20, 2017

Prepping and the Solar Eclipse

Imagine my surprise when I saw an article online where local officials in Idaho were advising residents to prep.  Be prepared.  Be prepared for shortages.  What you talking about Willis?  Well so many out of towners are flocking to these states that officials are expecting shortages of food, water, gas and even the possibility of grids going down due to huge demands.  I was shocked to see a line of traffic on the interstate.  Completely stopped bumper to bumper.  All I can say is wow.  I have to be at my desk in the cubefarm so I won't be able to "see" it.  But all of this talk makes me wonder-will our computers work?  I think so and I sure hope so.  But mostly this makes me think that being prepared is a good thing and not just for some cataclysmic event that will bring down nations.  I mean, emergency funds are being prepared.  Full tanks of gas are being prepared.  Having enough bathroom tissue is being prepared.  It doesn't have to mean having enough food to feed your family plus your neighborhood for months on end but if that is where you feel comfortable go for it.  Just don't go into debt doing it.

What will you be doing during the eclipse and where will you be?



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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Cleaning Supplies






Okay master frugalistas out there.  What are your tried and true really good cleaning products?  I'm on the fence with vinegar and water.  I don't know, something about it just doesn't do it for me.  It's not the scent because I do add essential oils.  It just doesn't seem clean.  I know I know I'm coo coo for cocoa puffs but we all have our little ways now don't we?

Do you buy or make your cleaning products?  If you buy them do you use name brand or generic?  I know that CTMom buys some from the Dollar Tree.  I did buy some of the automatic dish washer detergent from the Dollar Tree and I have to say it did a good job.



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Frugal Festive Christmas Party Ideas Needed

This year I want to step outside of my comfort zone and actually have a few people over at Christmas.  Not for a formal Christmas dinner but more of a little friendly get together.  My idea so far is to watch Elf while we eat and just relax.  I need some ideas for snacks.  I'm thinking it will be a small affair, maybe 10 of us total.  So if you have any recipe ideas please share!

I'm trying to plan and be prepared so it doesn't slip up on me before it's too late.

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                   I kind of like this photo.  It's very cute.  Seems doable.  What do you think?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I Survived My First Week at My New Job

Whew boy it's a lot to learn.  I don't think I've even scratched the surface but..................I have like it.  My 2 coworkers seem very nice and helpful.  It's got to be tough on them since both of them have been there forever and then here comes a newbie slowing them down.

So what is new with ya'll?  Any new exciting frugal things going on in your lives?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Stockpile, Abundance and Waste

Kind of heavy, eh?  While I was brushing my teeth this morning, these thoughts popped in my mind.  I am off today, thank goodness so I can relax and calm down a bit and really think about things ya know?  Well back to the toothpaste....................I stockpile food and certain items like toothpaste.  This stockpile creates an abundance plus I am very blessed to be able to stockpile in the first place.  Many people can't.  Well....................Does that abundance create waste?  Let me wax............back in the day when I was first interested in frugal living, Amy Daczyn( can't spell her name) aka The Tightwad Gazette was just coming out.  One of her principles was to see how low can you go without feeling the negative impact and toothpaste was one of her examples.  Did I put on enough to cover the whole head of the toothbrush when 1/2 of that would suffice?  As I looked at my brush I realized that yea........I am using more than I really need.  Why is that?  Is it because I have that stockpile?  Once again......let me think here.  If I truly lived on a very restricted budget and could only buy necessities and NOTHING else I think I would be much more careful with how I use my resources.  If I knew that I had another week to go until I got paid and the tube of Crest was getting low and I didn't have another waiting in the wings, yea I would make that baby last as LONG as possible.  You can use this example with all kinds of things like shampoo, lotion, water etc...........I read once where someone used only 1 bottle of dish detergent in an entire year?  How in the world did they do that?  Was it the size of the Grand Canyon?  I mean my bottle Mrs. Meyers will not last an entire year even if I carefully measured what I use.  You can only add so much water when you get to the end of it.  LOL.  So this brings me back to abundance and waste.  I can sit back and feel very self righteous and complain about the wastefulness of society until that finger turns around and is pointed right at me.  Point blank.  Do I scrap the very last drop of mayo out of the jar?  What about mustard, ketchup?  I mean is it really worth it?  Yes it is.  Do I do this?  No I don't well not most of the time.

Do I need to slow down of the stockpiling?  Perhaps I do.  Do I need to be more careful with my resources?  Yep I do.

Do you routinely eat down your stockpile and not contribute to it until it reaches a critical low or continually add to it while at the same time eating it down?

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Well Ya'll I Got a New Job!

Thanks be to God, I got a new job.  Now I am not going to throw my present employers under the bus but this job was really causing me stress and I have been ready for something else.  I have been looking for another job for a really long time.  It is with the same employer just a different department and they seem genuinely glad to have me.  Now that is something that I don't feel with my current position.  For example:  true story-back a few months ago I had bronchitis with a lingering cough.  One day my VP asked my what my prognosis was, what was I doing about it because I was disturbing him.  I go to my desk and talk to manager.  We both go back to my VP.  I tell him that his remarks hurt me and he said that I was right, he was sorry but...............I was disruptive to the entire floor. He also asked me if I inherited this problem.  Really?  I was like, well I did 2 weeks in Texas Children's Hospital in intensive care when I stopped breathing and my parents found me blue. There is probably 40-50 people on my floor.  I asked my manager who sits right beside me if I was disruptive to the department and she said no. So we really didn't come to a conclusion.  And at this time, so many people were sick that we all were coughing, not just me.  And he didn't say anything to the others.  Now I know, you may be thinking just get over it and now I am but at the time, this really made me angry.  I couldn't help being sick and if I wasn't causing my direct coworkers any problems I didn't see how I would be causing him problems especially with him all the way at the end of the floor.  Something didn't add up.  But for me, that was just the last straw.


So I start in August.  I look forward to this new adventure but I know I will also be anxious because I mean who really likes to feel like a fish out of water.  But I hope that feeling won't last long.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Delicious Aldi Steak

I know this photo is not very appetizing but trust me it tasted delicious.  Remember back when our Aldi closed for renovations?  Well on the last day prior to closing they had an amazing sale and the prices for meats were slashed!  Better than Micheal in the Halloween movies.

This rib eye steak was truly one of the best tasting steaks we've had in a very long time.  For me personally, the only steak I've had that tasted better can be had at The Angus Barn.  The Angus Barn is a very well known steak restaurant in Raleigh.

For sure we will buy more!