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      Wow Mel, you are one resourceful woman!!! As I’m

      reading your post, I’m smiling…thinking of “Little

      House on the Prairie”. This is probably similar to

      what our ancestors did to make ends meet. Our society

      has gotten so far away from it that we’ve forgotten

      how to do it!

      Good for you!


      — mel <> wrote:

      > hi ya’ll,


      > been here for a few days, just checking out what

      > ya’ll have been talking about, and figured it’s time

      > to jump in and introduce myself.


      > my name is melissa (mel) nad i live in ohio. been

      > here for about 3 years. single mom of 2 girls (21

      > and 16). my oldest has a 3 month old daughter nad

      > they are all living with me, and me with the only

      > source of income, so we are cutting corners

      > everywhere and have been for years!! i cook

      > completely from scratch, bread, baking, you name it

      > and i usually do the majority of it once every 2

      > weeks and then we reheat ( i do use my oven for this

      > since i am not a big fan of the microwave) i also

      > use my crockpot alot, at least 5 times a week to

      > cook rice, beans, baked potatoes, etc.. when it gets

      > warmer i will be back on the patio using the BBQ

      > grill to cook on so my house stays cool. we live on

      > alot of beans and rarely eat meat (when we do, it is

      > more of an accent). i am an avid reader of teh

      > tightwad gazette ( i am actually on my 3rd copy nad

      > will most likely be buying a 4th since i will

      > probably be giving my current copy to my oldest when

      > she gets married this summer.

      > i rent a house from my cousin that was built in 1830

      > and it has been a real challenge to stay warm. the

      > windows are single pane, there is a huge gap under

      > the front door where the frame has settled and no

      > insulation. last year my power bill jumped to almost

      > 900 dollars for the month of february, and i knew i

      > couldn’t do that again (the power company was great

      > and let me make payments but it took me till

      > september to get it all paid). so this year i took a

      > new approach. i sealed my front door (we could still

      > gte out if we had to) and we have been using teh

      > back door to go in and out. i covered all teh

      > windows with bubble wrap and then another layer of

      > plastic, then made curtains out of blankets, lined

      > with plastic and sealed them around the windows. i

      > hung curtains between the main rooms and moved all

      > teh beds into the center room. i have been able to

      > keep my big heater on about 60, and running a space

      > heater in the “family” room. a few nights, i even

      > had to go sleep on the couch because i got so hot!!!

      > my latest electric bill was still higher than i

      > would have liked, but it is still under 300 bucks.

      > i am looking forward to learning more from you guys

      > and thanks for having me.


      > mel











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