Dundin

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  • in reply to: B101 Challenge: What’s on your (budget) Bucket List? #453267

    MsDebbie, wow. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

    in reply to: April 20-26, Still Alot of Chicken #453247

    That looks like a great week. Sometimes we “mix it up” by having breakfast for supper, e.g. oven pancakes, french toast, scrambled eggs or an omelet.

    Another inexpensive supper is quick potato soup (made with instant potatoes). I often toss in leftover potatoes or other veggies. It sometimes comes out as a chowder.

    Home-made butter dips (kind of like biscuit sticks).

    If I find the time, I’ll type up the recipes for oven pancakes and butter dips. These are two of our family favorites.

    in reply to: B101 Challenge: What’s on your (budget) Bucket List? #453246

    @Dundin 461737 wrote:

    2) clear out all the “stuff” we’ve piled up in our 28 years of marriage. This will likely include a spring and fall yard sale, as well as renting a dumpster (yes we’ve piled up a lot).

    Update: We’ve scheduled our first yard sale for June 6-7.

    in reply to: Frugal Gardening Tips #453241

    I use MYO compost regularly in my garden, whenever I plant the next crop. Here are some composting tips… I feed the compost heap year round.

    1) When I mow in the fall, I bag everything and pile it the back corner of the yard to feed my compost heap throughout the year.

    2) Among the many things “compy” likes to eat is newspapers. I clean out my office paper shredder once a month and run newsprint (not the glossy adds) through the shredder until the bin is full. I empty the bin onto the heap and cover with a layer of leaves.

    3) Our church serves coffee weekly… I take the grounds home (paper filter as well) and dump it onto the heap.

    in reply to: Uses for empty 2-liter bottles? #453174

    I had forgotten about all these re-uses. Thanks for the reminders!

    I also remember seeing a 3-liter size for store brands. The unique feature of this size was a larger neck and mouth. However, I don’t recall seeing that size recently.

    I believe Mountain Dew was sold with a larger neck & mouth also.

    I’ve always enjoyed gardening and feeding my family with the produce. It’s a bit depressing in the summer when the spring crops bolt, and in the fall as the first frost approaches.

    In northern Michigan, my grandfather employed a variety of tricks to extend the growing season. Here is one for “fresh-from-the-garden” carrots in January or February: after Labor Day, plant an area (row or square, whatever your style) with your favorite carrot seed (shade with cheesecloth or old window screens, if you are still having warm weather). Once the seeds sprout, cover the area with a light layer of straw.

    As the seedlings grow, add another light layer of straw. When you are expecting the first hard frost, add another light layer of straw. By the time of the first snowfall you should have a layer of straw foot or more thick.

    Be sure to mark the area, so you can find it when the snow piles up. Harvest by clearing the snow only over the few carrots you want to dig. Gently move aside the straw, and dig the carrots with a potato fork.

    Replace the straw and cover again with snow.

    I have many memories of bundling up and going out to the garden with grandpa, potato fork in hand and “bringing in the harvest” of various root crops. I suppose this is a second tip: let your garden produce more than fruits and vegetables. Garden with someone and let your garden produce memories.

    in reply to: B101 Challenge: College Cash! #452879

    Check with your local county extension office. Many counties have agriculture-related scholarships of varying amounts. These frequently require some affiliation with 4-H.

    in reply to: B101 Challenge: What’s on your (budget) Bucket List? #452863

    Our (budget) bucket list is simple.

    In the coming year my wife and I are committed to:

    1) paying off our home and becoming debt-free. To accomplish this we have increased our payments and in October, Lord willing, we’ll pay our 20 year mortgage in 9 years.

    2) clear out all the “stuff” we’ve piled up in our 28 years of marriage. This will likely include a spring and fall yard sale, as well as renting a dumpster (yes we’ve piled up a lot).

    3) get back to basics with regards to our needs and greeds. We are amazed at how fancy (read ‘complicated’) our life has become. Living frugally doesn’t mean living in poverty.

    This year, we’ll eat more from our garden; we’ll not replace every gadget that breaks; we’ll practice focusing on the simpler things in life.

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