A very sad thing is happening. My laptop, an ancient Dell Inspiron 8200, is finally dying. Actually, right now, I’d say it has risen, since I would consider it to have been dead for most of this week. I have resurrected it… for now. It is now a desktop computer, since the problem is in the power port and if I move it at all, it will turn off.
This week was a big test of “doing without” followed by some major “making it do.” Ccouldn’t have picked a worse time, either – our household is on a self-inflicted spending freeze from the beginning of January until February 13 (when we’ll beat the rush and celebrate Valentine’s Day cheaply and a day early!)
I was lost for those few days without a computer. If it weren’t for my phone I probably would have gone over the edge. It’s amazing how reliant we now are upon technology. Needless to say, I am behind schedule on posting here at Green Penny Pincher, but I have a few new posts in the works, including an upcoming post on the many uses for lavender. Stay tuned!
for little to no money!
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated. There should be a tag on the side of your driver’s side door with the correct pressure. Be sure to check regularly, especially with changes in season/temperature.
- Get all that junk out of your trunk! Keep only what is necessary in your car.
- Use your cruise control whenever possible. (Do not use in rain or snow!)
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Thank you so much to Green Penny Pincher reader who submitted this advice:
Keep a watering can next to your kitchen sink and empty your water glasses into there before sending them to wash. You’ll always have water on hand for your houseplants!
This is a GREAT recommendation, and I add that if you have an old house with old plumbing that takes forever to heat up, this is an even better idea! How about one in the bathroom as well? If you want to really do it up, you can use that water to flush the toilet – just pour it in (quick-ish) and it will flush right on its own!
Of course you can RE-USE any container you have lying around, but let’s add a little color and fun to this post with a great METAL watering can.
Steel Watering Can from Gardman USA – $12.49
I don’t know about where you all are, but here in Delaware, it’s pretty cold out today! Chances are, it’s cold where you are too, seeing as it’s mid-January. Or else it’s getting warm where you are, on the opposite side of the earth, in which case you should still pay attention to this post.
Insulation keeps heat out as well as in! No matter the season, sealing up your house will almost always help your heat or air conditioning run more efficiently.
Now is not the time of year to take on a big project like (re)insulating your walls, but there are little projects that you can do cheaply and easily to cut up to 25% of your heating costs!
You may want to begin with a simple test for drafts. Light a stick of incense, then blow it out, allowing it to smoke. Slowly and gracefully move around the inner perimeter of your house, watching for pushes and pulls in the smoke resulting from drafts. Make a list of all the places this occurs. PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH LIT INCENSE, PARTICULARLY NEAR WINDOW TREATMENTS.
A few items to start sealing up your house: Continue reading »
I know that some of you were looking for good deals on essential oils. I don’t have any experience with this company personally, but a quick gander online turned up good reviews. This deal get you $40 worth of essential oils (or other products at Botanic Choice) for $21.25, with free shipping! Interested? Continue reading »
Not a complete list by any means – there are tons of other “recipes” out there. Use this guide as a starting point and make changes to suit your preferences!
NOTE: ALL cleaners – homemade or store bought – should be kept safely away out of the reach of children and pets.
Disclaimer: be sure to test these “recipes” in small, inconspicuous areas. Green Penny Pincher is not responsible for damages or voided warranties resulting from any suggestions made on this site. Continue reading »
January 3rd is known (who started it, I have no idea) as the “last acceptable day” to display Christmas decorations before you start being known as “those people.” Every year, I swear that I will organize my ornaments when I take them down and put them away, and every year I stick them back in the same crummy old tissue paper and shove my tissue-paper balls into a box and stick them in the attic.
Like all fancy storage containers in existence, I covet the ornament storage below, but balk at the price. This year, I had a brainstorm…
Christmas Ornament Storage Box
Make It Do:
I have about 8 egg cartons to fill up as I pack up the tree tonight. No, it won’t work for my larger ornaments, but the small, fragile ones fit well, and I now have a whole year to brainstorm how to store the rest of them!
This is something I have heard a lot of people talking about. Now that I have a young’un getting ready to go mobile around my house, it has become more important than ever to me to forgo the expensive, pre-made cleansers that are loaded with whoknowswhatsit-methyl-sulfide. Plus, it’s annoying to deal with so many cleaners for so many purposes. Aside from a few products and/or recipes you’ll still want to keep on hand for specialized cleaning, all you need are a few basic cleaners, made with simple ingredients, many of which you probably have around the house.
First off, find some containers that you already have on-hand. Use up the end of that spray bottle of kitchen cleaner up by wiping down some surfaces that need it (waste not!) and then rinse to re-use for your new homemade product. Take a look at containers before you throw them away recycle to find a good fit for each cleanser. Shaker containers, for example, the kind that parmesan cheese comes in, work great for powder cleansers.
PLEASE BE SURE TO CLEARLY (RE-)LABEL YOUR BOTTLES.
NOTE: ALL cleaners – homemade or store bought – should be kept safely away out of the reach of children and pets! Continue reading »
Happy New Year! What a great time to begin this new blog. After the madness and excess of the holiday season, the new year is a great time to start new projects, finish up lingering ones, and get a fresh start. I hate the term “New Year resolution” because, after many, many years of making resolutions and feeling defeated by them when they don’t pan out, even the term itself feels like too much pressure.
My New Year “un-resolution” is not a set goal, but a motto I am trying to live by:
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”
Use it up, wear it out, make it do
This slogan originated (I believe) on the poster shown above during WWII, a time of thrift and struggle for nearly everyone. Although I truly hope we never enter another war like WWII, we can learn a lot from pennypinchers of the day.
I have to admit here, publicly, that although I try to “be green,” I am also known to be a clutterbug. I believe for me the two are related; I never want to throw anything away, because I never know when I might need it, right? But the clutter and resulting disorganization, along with my impulsive nature of buying a bargain when I find it, has left me with a house full of STUFF and the inability to find half of it!
I’ll be working on solving both of these problems and sharing my ideas here with you along the way. What parts of your life do you most want to green?