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Can’t Afford Healthy Eating? Maybe You’re Doing It Wrong. August 15, 2015

Posted by Sindy in Cooking, Health, Money, Saving.
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Her bill was $60, mine was $12, yet she couldn’t afford to eat healthy? What was going on?!

The Truth about “I Can’t Afford to Eat Healthy.”

While I was checking out at the grocery store the other day I overheard the conversation between two college students behind me in line. She was telling the young man that she couldn’t afford to eat healthy. I had heard this statement before, and it seriously puzzled me.

“The first week I moved here I bought a week’s worth of grocery. It cost me $60!”

Wait, $60?! $60 for a week’s worth of groceries?!

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Freecycling – Getting Something for Nothing December 5, 2009

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Okay, I’ve known the concept for a long time now, but someone has finally put a name to it – Freecycling. Basically it means that you hit up dumps and trading centers to get what most people would have thrown away for free. It’s the basic “one person’s trash is another’s treasure” concept, and it can save you a lot of money.

One of the things you could do with this is building. There’s a show on one of my local TV stations called Junk Raiders. Sadly, I couldn’t find any videos of it on YouTube, but the idea is that a big shot has hired a team of freecyclers, designers, and architects to renovate a city loft for him. They’ve gotten all sorts of stuff from thrift shops, trade centers, construction sites, dumps, etc. Including lumber, a bath tub, and even a 27″ flat screen TV! (Apparently the previous owners couldn’t find the on switch ;)). They made a lighting fixture out of a car hood and a chair out of a shopping cart. Pretty cool if you ask me.

And here are a couple of resources:
Freecycle.org – Find a freecycling group near you.
Freecycle.net – A great resource including FAQs and guidelines. (Did you know there are apparently guidelines of etiquette for doing this stuff?)

Quilts for the Windows! Warm Windows = Warm House November 10, 2009

Posted by Sindy in Sewing, Weekend Project(s).
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Windows are cold! Period! You only need to touch them on a cold day to figure that out. In fact, if you look at any thermal image of a house (like the one pictured), you’ll see that they’re the coldest thing in your house! (They let the heat out and the cold in.)

Introducing quilted curtains! Think about it. You put quilts on your bed to keep you warm. Some people put quilts on their walls too (that’s why castles have a bunch of tapestries). And besides, you already put sheets on your windows in the form of curtains, so why not?

Now, you could just take a quilt out of your linen closet and tack it up against your window, but then you couldn’t look out your window, and then what’s the use of having a window? That’s where the idea of quilted curtains comes in.

And of course, we’re DIYers, right? So I found a site called The Warm Company that will teach us how to make these quilted curtains that we can easily open if we want to, plus they have all the hardware you need to make them (except the quilted fabric, which is the DIY part). And they look so decorative too! (You can make them look like decorative curtains instead of quilts tacked up.)

That’s it! I’m going to make some for my house!