An unusual place?

With me having plans originally to have my dehumidifier in my bedroom, it meant I had to make room for it. So out came my coat stand that was in there, which I moved to the bathroom.
But as you know recently, I did not like having my dehumidifier on in my bedroom.

I have liked the idea of not having my coat stand in my bedroom and I think it looks alright in the bathroom, to hang my towels on.

Now I would normally take it strange seeing a coat stand in the bathroom, until mine went in there. But its serving a purpose, by using what I have already.


Frugal Living – part 4

Food can be interesting when you are on a budget and you are just using up what you have already in the cupboard, or fridge-freezer. Food can be random to what you normally have, but this adds up interest I feel.

Some random meals I have been having, when it just comes to using what I have:

  • Mashed potato, some tuna out of tin, peas, Black Eye Beans and Haricot Beans.
  • Mash potato, broccoli, carrots and fish cake.
  • Brown rice, mixed veg, mixed beans, with drizzle of mint sauce over my veg.
  • Noodles and mixed veg.

Freezing bread

I started freezing bread, as mentioned in “Frugal Living – part 3.” I have found doing it this way much better for me. It’s certainly made an impact and I notice how much I don’t buy bread, to before, even though before I hardly wasted bread.

Selling old gadgets for new

In my post, “Challenging a need and a want,” I mentioned how I needed a new phone, that would cope with the internet and my needs. But as I mentioned in that post, I wasn’t just going to draw out money and buy it. So due to the way I access the internet now, which is just on my phone, meant I no longer needed my Macbook Air laptop.
If by chance I was to have internet at home again, I have my desktop computer anyway, that I also use to play DVD’s on.
Knowing I will stick with Apple when it comes to computers, should this break down and can’t be fixed, I will buy another second-hand like the one I already own, or a new one. So it was obvious to me I had to sell my laptop for cash. Selling my laptop, paid for my new phone, I also had lunch and I had change.
Being happy with my new phone, I sold the old one for cash and put it away towards holiday next year I hope to have.

Still saving inners from cereal boxes and glass jars

I’m still saving inners from cereal boxes and glass jars. But it won’t be long before I don’t need to save anymore glass jars.

Frugal living – part 1

So since this post, ‘Frugal living,’ how have I been getting on? As well as what I do already I mentioned in first above post, I have also:
Bought no food bags since running out, which I was practically nil when I written the above post originally and just use my Tupperware containers for my packed lunches.

My socks that have been wearing out, have really been wearing out to the extent that it wasn’t worth me sewing them I felt.

I still use the baking soda and vinegar for cleaning my oven, but for nothing else, like the bathroom for example, which I still like to use my usual cleaner for that. I know from how well my oven looks, that cleaning the bathroom would look good to with this method, but I am happy and find I a convenience to use my usual method for those.

I continue to save glass jars that will be a replacement for my plastic Tupperware containers when they wear out.

I have reused a few empty toilet cardboard rolls for storing my electrical leads, usb leads etc.. in.
In the past, I have created toys for my pet cats I have owned and I have filled them with compost and grown plants from seeds in them, transferring them directly in the garden when ready, as they compost down.
For further ideas what you can do with the empty cardboard rolls, take a look here in, ‘Natural Living Ideas,’ which will take you directly to their post for further inspiration.

I have washed out a couple of empty Soya milk cartons and filled them to about three-quarters full of water, to fill empty spaces in my freezer. As you know, keeping our freezer filled up helps us to save energy, so me doing this, than buying food to fill the space was saving even more money for me.

As you know from a past post, I recycled an empty sesame oil bottle to stand my fake flowers in.

recycling a bottle

I reused some empty yogurt pots, a margarine tub and an empty powdered milk container as temporary pots to grow my Forget-me-nots in.

I have one liquid soap bottle left for my kitchen, but I plan to use bar soap as I do already in the bathroom, as it lasts longer and so it will save me money. When this last liquid soap container is empty, I will save the container, in case I get shower gel for Christmas. (I don’t have a shower, only a bath where I currently live.) If I do, the shower gel will be emptied into this empty hand soap container and I will use it as handwash, as I have done before in the past.

I may share more in further posts, if I do anything more different, hence I have put part 1 in the post title, in case this topic grows.

Microfibre cloths

I already use microfibre cloths when I damp dust, or other cleaning in my home, but I now have bought more, some months ago, as dish cloths. (Particular colours and designs, so I recognise it is just for this job.) So when the others have gone, that only last so long before you can throw them away, these will go in the place and then when they look grubby, they can be washed and re-used, saving money.

Changing the way I shop

Due to a tighter budget, (a little more of this will appear in Chit chat – June post,) I have to change the way I shop.
Every couple of months, or three, I used to do an online shop for the month and have it delivered to my door and in between this, just get the odd extras where needed, like milk, fruit etc… Having it delivered was especially handy when it came to cat litter and cat food. But now as I have no cat and because my monthly budget has to be less than before, it means it is not viable for me to shop online because of the minimum spend you have to make to have your shopping delivered. So I am back to walking into stores 100% and carrying my own shopping.
I am personally looking forward to my monthly budget challenge when it comes to my groceries and going out. One part of me says I won’t be able to do it, but the other is saying, I am going to enjoy the challenge. 🙂

And not forgetting…

I still continue to trim my own hair, after coming across this clip to show you how. This post will tell you more, if you have not seen it already: “How to trim your own long hair at home.”

Share your ideas

Share your ideas of what you do, as part of frugal living, in the comments of this post. It doesn’t matter how big, or small you do it, because every little bit helps your own finances, as well as the environment.

Frugal living

Since this post, “Minimal Living and Frugal Living,” I have not said much more in a post about frugal living. But I have been reading up on it and, following a few blogs and I see I do some of the things already, but there are other things I would like to do too.

So what do I do already?

I don’t waste food. I always use what is in my cupboard, fridge and freezer, before buying anything else. As well as reducing waste, or not being wasteful, it helps for me to save money. I also write a shopping list, so I remember what I need.

I reuse plastic drinking bottles – I have in the past, reused plastic milk bottles for growing and I have turned one into a watering can before.
The smaller pop bottles, I try not to buy, but if I do, I reuse to fill it up with water again, when out and about. The larger bottles of dilute pop, I have kept one or two back before, for refilling with water on a summer’s day and putting them back in the fridge.
One made an excellent cooler bottle for Miley, which had frozen water inside and I wrapped this in a towel, so she had a choice to lie next to it in the night, on a hot summers day.

I recycle my electronics – If there is something I no longer need, which is very rare when it comes to electronic items, I try to sell on personally, take to a shop who will buy it for cash, or I give away to  a charity shop, who can sell it themselves.

I save glass jars – I save my glass jars, but this year, I have saved more than normal. They come in handy for my overnight oats, but I am now saving everyone so far I have had, because I am thinking in advance for when my plastic Tupperware containers wear out, I can use these instead.

I reuse my glass candle jars – When I have used up my candle, I remove the remaining wax and wash them out, to use for other purposes in the home, or as candle holders. I have one to store my nail clippers in, nail file, a pen and my lip balm. This is in my bedroom and you can easily see what is inside. You also store drawing pins, paper clips or cotton buds in them. Some suggest using them to store food, tea, coffee, etc.. in the ones that have lids. I would not recommend this.

I recycle my biscuit/cracker containers – Those mixed crackers you find in plastic storage boxes at Christmas time and same with the biscuits, I have saved and reused again for the same purpose. I also have one as a sewing box, that I have been using for many years now.

Ice cream containers – These come in handy for picnics on a day out and it saves buying a plastic food container. I have also used them for other things.

Empty toilet rolls – Some  toilet rolls I saved and created toys out of them for Miley.
New for this year, I have started saving some for when it comes to rolling my fabric twine on them. I have also learnt that they come in handy for winding your cords for your electrical items, like phone chargers for example and you can label the tube, so you know what it is for.

Empty cardboard boxes – I save my shoe boxes and other size boxes, as I find they come in handy again.
Depending on the size of box, the use varied, but they have ranged from using them as a parcel again, to send stuff in the mail, to hiding and sleeping places when I had Miley
I am also saving larger boxes for when I one day move.

I reuse shopping bags – I reuse my plastic shopping bags. I always make sure I have a bag on me, for the unexpected shop, as to not waste money by paying for another bag. When these are worn out, it will be my cotton bags from then on.

Wear it out, before I replace – Whether that be clothing, or an electrical item, I wear it out, before I replace it. When time comes to replacing, I will ask myself first, do I really need it, before deciding whether to buy it, or not.

I reuse my A4 ring binders and punched pockets – When there is a course I have finished, that I have not referred back to for a few years and I need a ring binder, I will reuse one and keep the old course work in a bag until I definitely know I won’t need it. When the time comes to get rid of the course work, I will take them out of the punched pockets and save the punch pockets to reuse again.

What I would like to do

Food bags – I have cut down on using food bags hell of a lot, but on rare occasions, I still use them. So I would like to cut this out completely and from now on, just place my sandwiches directly in my Tupperware container. Yes, I use plastic Tupperware, but I don’t buy these unless I really need them. You won’t find me with a stack of these, as I reuse other packaging for storing my food in. (See above.)

Make my socks last that little bit longer – Sew the whole in my sock, rather than be lazy and throw away.

Make my own cleaner for the oven – My cleaning mainly consists of plain water and a microfibre cloth when it comes to damp dusting, or cleaning my windows. I don’t use anything else. But I have bought a product before, to clean my oven. The other chemicals I have in my home, are washing up liquid, washing powder, toilet cleaner, Flash cleaner for the sink and, bath and bleach for down the drains.
This year, I plan to make my own and give it a go. I have heard very good reviews when it comes to only using baking soda and vinegar for cleaning the oven. So I am going to try this and if happy, I will ditch the chemical oven cleaner. Baking soda can also clean other things and a couple drops of Tea Tree on a damp cloth is a good antibacterial for work tops. Although baking soda, (or bicarbonate of soda as we call it in the UK) can clean a sink I have read, I am not ready to give up my cleaner yet, but I may try it out of curiosity. It can also be put in the toilet as well to clean around with a toilet brush. (I may try this.)

Links to further reading: (These will take you to another page, away from my blog.)