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  • in reply to: Repurposing Old Items into New Things! #459819

    There are so many different things we repurpose around here. The one that I like the most is I turned my old changing table into a recycling station. I took it–it has 2 shelves and then the top.

    I got milk boxes from the grocery store and covered them with shelving contact paper I already had. It made it so much easier to sort my recyclables. I was able to keep it in a breeze way right outside my kitchen door.

    It really solved a problem because I didn’t have room in my kitchen for a recycle bin.

    Also I save the lids off of things like pb jars and use them on top of pint jars for storage or freezer instead of buying the ball plastic ones.

    If you buy coffee in plastic containers they make great canisters for everything from nuts and bolts to flour and the like.

    in reply to: How to save money on groceries #459811

    One way I found to save money on food is to menu plan. Now I don’t say one Monday we are going to have X and on Tuesday Y, but I do say this week we will have meatloaf with say corn and carrots. So when I plan I take that into consideration.

    Of course I do check out sales papers and if something is a great deal I will find one or two of my most expensive meals and replace them with what is on sale. One other thing is we have learned to simplify our tastes. I also buy my spices at the health food store here in town.

    Like a head of cabbage is cheap and can be used so many ways it is usually bought weekly. I have quit buying any kind of chips, or just junk food. However, I know everyone has hold outs ours is coke zero and dr pepper.

    You just have to decide where you draw the line.

    in reply to: is there anything you wont or dont stockpile? #459805

    @unicorn1960 332599 wrote:

    I learned the hard way – don’t stockpile anything that hasn’t been tried and approved by your family! Just because it was free – didn’t mean a good deal when it came to Velveeta Shells and Cheese. Nobody at my house would eat them.

    They were donated to the food pantry.

    I totally agree. Even if you find a real deal you are just wasting your money if your family won’t eat it.

    My biggest thing I don’t stockpile is convenience foods. Like cake mixes, boxed mac and cheese, etc. I find that just takes up valuable space and by stocking basic ingredients you can make so much more and it is better tasting and for you both.

    in reply to: B101 Challenge: Upcycle-Repurpose #459804

    There are so many different things we repurpose around here. The one that I like the most is I turned my old changing table into a recycling station. I took it–it has 2 shelves and then the top.

    I got milk boxes from the grocery store and covered them with shelving contact paper I already had. It made it so much easier to sort my recyclables. I was able to keep it in a breeze way right outside my kitchen door.

    It really solved a problem because I didn’t have room in my kitchen for a recycle bin.

    in reply to: B101 Challenge: Attention Creative Pet Parents! #459799

    I don’t know if you wanted a dog food recipe but I have a pug–who has my heart– and she has a hard time eating very much commercial dog food so I make hers.

    I take ground meat–any kind. IE Chicken, beef, venison, etc. about 3 pounds for a batch–which last 2 to 2 1/2 weeks.
    I then add veggies.

    I use about any although I found out Roxie doesn’t like carrots or green beans. Usually about 32 oz of these.
    I then add rice–brown preferred but white can work. about 3 cups cooked.
    I then add beef broth.

    I really do not measure just enough to make it moist.

    I put it all in a pot and cook it together for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
    I have both frozen it once it has cooled and canned it in a pressure canner at 15 lbs pressure ( I am above 1000 ft–if below it would be 10 lbs pressure) for 60 minutes in pints and 75 for quarts.

    She doesn’t itch at all and has good stool eating like this—-not only that but she Loves it.

    in reply to: Uses for empty 2-liter bottles? #452815

    I haven’t read through all the replies but I use mine for storing rice and popcorn for long term storage. I don’t mean 20 years or nothing but 2 year or so. You can stack them (laying down) so you get more storage for the space.

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