Mary Beth Writes

Mindful Chickens?

We are frugal so that our retirement savings will last as long as we do! 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!

1. We bought our more-or-less weekly dozen eggs at church from a friend who raises chickens  on her farm. We happily pay $4 for them. The yolks are super yellow because the chickens walk around and eat bugs.

This is from Joel Salatin regarding egg quality: “In any given dozen, we’ll have several extremely dark orange yolks (indicating high Omega 3 fatty acids–that’s good).  But we’ll also have lighter shades and even a pale egg occasionally.  What’s the difference?  The pale eggs are coming from lazy birds that just hang around the feeders and lounge inside.  …  In the world of nutrition yolk color is the gold standard for everything regarding nutrition.  From folic acid to riboflavin, taste and nutrient density all find their nexus in yolk color.” http://blog.mcmurrayhatchery.com/2013/09/16/the-perfect-chicken-by-joel-salatin/

Sometime soon I will write about why Len and I are grateful to pay four times more for Heidi’s chickens’ eggs than on-sale-at-the grocery-store eggs cost.

2. Met friends for coffee this morning. I actually had coffee and not a pricier drink.  I like Wilson's; it’s independently owned and if ever there was a place to get an excellent cup of coffee in Racine – it’s there!  Two hours with old friends cost $2.50 (it was a BIG cup…)

3. Met a different friend for lunch. It’s an hour to drive to my old town from my new one – 4 gallons of gas - so I try to put together two “play dates” on the same day. Today Pat and I had lunch at a place where a guy I used to work with is still manager. This generous guy comped BOTH our lunches!

4. Pat and I are thrifters from way back. After our delicious and unexpectedly free lunch we walked to a Salvation Army store where we found a few things for my grandbaby. The “Awww…” sighs from the aisles we checked out? Pricelesss.

5. When I drive off for a long day I take a filled water bottle with a tea bag in it.  I’m usually thirsty and tired on the way home (all that talking!).  The steeped cool tea saves a drive-thru.  My water bottle should have an odometer on it. It’s been to Duluth, Lake Superior towns in Wisconsin, to Arizona, and to Chicago and Madison many times.

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This is not complicated stuff – but it’s real, isn’t it? 

Are you watching the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Vietnam documentary?  Sometime this week I will write about how that war started my frugal life.

What did you do to be frugal lately? Was it exciting or boring?

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I think your water bottle needs to take a trip to Judy's house, and bring you along!

I think so, too!

You are one of the most frugal people I know - I try to learn from you. (Smiling)

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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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