Mary Beth Writes

Mindful Chickens?

We try to be frugal in order to afford our life and attain our goals. At the same time we try to consume responsibly so that our choices have the least negative impact on our fellow humans and on our earth and its creatures. 

Mindful Chickens! Cheep, Cheap!

 

This was a heckuva week. Trying to get this website ready-to-publish at the same time as Len’s contract job as well as living our regular life. 

These are some of this week’s Mindful Chickens:

1. At 5:00 one night we remembered we had to leave the house in 40 minutes to walk to a meeting. Instead of driving and buying fast-food along the way, sups was pasta, shredded cheese, microwaved peas, and some of the pesto Len made two weeks ago. This took less than 25 minutes from starting to finish and cost 20 minutes and a dollar.

2. Made a quadruple bath of laundry detergent. Took 15 minutes (including clean up), cost less than $5, will last 4-6 months, and is not toxic to anyone or anything. I use this “recipe” from The Prudent Homemaker. http://theprudenthomemaker.com/make/laundry-soap  I use Fels Naptha soap which is good for removing oil, butter, dirt, and sweat - substances Len and I are talented at getting on our jeans and t-shirts. I cut the bar of soup into small pieces and then pulverize in our 37-year old Cuisinart. And then wash the Cuisinart pieces in the dishwasher.

3. We went to two evening things this week. Walked to both of them.

Flat tire but close to home, no worries

4. The only surprise trip out in the truck was this morning when Len got a flat on his bike and I drove out to get him. See above. A guy on a bike is seldom too far away.

5. I walked around a corner at the grocery store into a huge display of magnificent orchids. Didn’t buy any. Did take pix and then text to a friend who I knew was working hard right then, just to bother her.  Sharing flowers….

What did you do lately to be respectful to too-easily-exploited workers, to preserve the environment, to be mindful of animals – and yet to not break your bank? 

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Mindful Chickens - The Snickerdoodle Edition

1. When we were sick in January (with flu and cold) Len used the CVS card that I had signed up for last year and then barely used.  He bought several OTC medicines plus a cool-mist vaporizer using that card, which saved us 20%. That was helpful.

2. While I was under the weather I signed up for Starz in order to binge-watch an Outlander season.  After I watched TV for two days I canceled the subscription, thus paying nothing.  This is the third year I have done this.  Why do they let me do this??

Frugal Stuff/ Flu edition 1/22/2018

1. I donated blood Friday morning. This is a free mini-checkup every two months; they take your pulse, temperature, blood pressure, and check your hemoglobin levels (iron). They send your blood to be checked for various diseases such as Lyme disease, West Nile, and Zika.

DO NOT donate blood in order to determine if you have a disease or not. If you think you might be ill, go to a doctor or clinic and deal with it. 

But, if you (like me) need an extra reason to be generous, the screening to give blood is not a bad perk.

Two Piquant Recipes, No Waiting

This is not a recipe blog. You may sometimes wonder what kind of blog this is, but I bet you have figured out we’re not here to cook. Still, sometimes I come across amazing recipes and today I want to share two of them,by referring you to the sites where I found them.

How do I find these sites, you ask? 

Simple. Google the name of two or three ingredients you would like to use up. This takes you to recipes that use those foods; you decide if you want to try them.

Health Insurance when you are laid off

Pals, I was reading letters at a website I look at often. A woman wrote that her 62-year old husband had been unexpectedly laid-off from his job. She said she didn't know where to begin to think about health insurance (and a lot more).  I talked to Len.  Man, we have been here.
This is what Len wrote. This answer is too long to post on someone else's website so we are sharing it here. 
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Says Len:
You are in a difficult situation.

Mindful Chickens - Frugal Stuff 1/11/2018

1. We bought a car!! We bought our (former) 2006 Mercury Milan and 2004 Ford Ranger around 2006-2007.  Len is a very good vehicle dad – they lasted this long. The truck is still reliably chugging along; we sold it to a neighbor. However it became apparent a few weeks ago that the Milan could no longer take care of itself. Sigh. 

We talked about what kind of car we wanted in the past few weeks. Len did on-line research, finding cars we might like to try.  We decided we would spend part of two days test-driving these several makes of cars.

"Must-Haves" 1/10/2018

A friend (Thanks, Carol) tweeted this.  

“The term “must-haves” is profoundly unsettling to me.”

For those of us trying to live both frugally and thoughtfully – Yup!

I looked into the website she was responding to; it was coupons for:

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