Monday, May 9, 2011

Doing without saves money

-We use cloth napkins and occasionally use hankies
-No cable for us, on the cheapest Netflix plan we get to have a TV shows and many movie nights at home
-We filter our water at home and carry a water bottle everywhere we go... I don't remember the last time I paid for bottled water.
-We do buy seasonally at the grocery store, if not I would eat an expensive salad in the winter. $3/ea for cucumbers--no way!
-I often dig through my pantry for meals and try to empty my refrigerator before grocery shopping
-We still have a house phone but the plan is bundled with our internet and costs us little.

Other things we do to save money...
-I hem and do minor sewing repairs on clothes.
-We thrift shop whenever possible, I am currently wearing a top and jeans outfit that cost me $8... if thrift store clothes looks good then you know it will continue to look good once you bring it home. When you buy new it can go either way.
-I pack a lunch or a snack with me when I know I'll be out for the day.
-I pick fruit from abandoned trees or after asking the property owner and make jam or freeze the harvest.
-I don't go to the mall or out to "shop" instead I go the park, library, hiking and visit people at their homes.
-We don't buy $3 coffee, we make our favorite morning drink at home.

What do you do to save money?

Thursday, May 5, 2011


It has been a very long time since I last blogged. Oh My!
School took a front seat these last two months and well my time has been limited.

The good thing is that I am very teachable.

Even my cat helps me learn that napping is important especially after my clinical rotation.

For Lily's sanity and mine we did get out for some hiking.

I also got a chance to finish a couple of knitting projects.
Swallowtail shawl knitted in Knit Picks Shadow.