Friday, September 16, 2011

To Do: Weekend 9.16.11

I have the privileage of helping my Grandma this weekend. I so enjoy waking up with yummy Farm air!

Friday- Crochet cousins headband

Saturday- Apartment hunt

Sunday- Surprise day!

What do you have planned this weekend?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Homemade Laundry Soap

Give it a Whirl Thursday is a
weekly column documenting triumphs
and failures of frugal projects.

I have tried many homemade laundry soap recipes. They all have left a sort of film on our clothes. But still I kept trying all the ones on the internet I could find. Finally I found one that is awesome. The Duggar's liquid laundry soap recipe rocks! I makes 5 gallons, Yes I said 5 gallons. But it is so great you own't mind once you try it.

This would be my 5 gallon bucket of laundry soap.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Farm

Wasteful Wednesday: September 14

1-weird dessert- given to use, just couldn't bare to eat it.
2- Clam chowder- couple bowl fulls left over
3- moldy cheese... yum!
4- Italian sausage- about 1/2 cup left

Did you have any food waste this week?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Frugal Tip Tuesday

Frugal Tip Tuesday is a weekly
series here at Frugal Farmhouse.
I want to share easy tips and tricks
to help you along your frugal journey.
Have you missed earlier tips?

A great way to organize like items in a common place is a lazy susan. I found a two pack at the dollar store. I use the one below next to my stove with all the commonly used spices. Easy to find and not taking up a lot of room.

I have salt, pepper, basil, baking soda, steak seasoning, onion salt, garlic powder, cinnamon and sugar. If I need extra space on my tiny counter I can just grab the lazy susan and move it elsewhere in one easy movement.

Pin It Tuesday: Wedding

I have been working on a wedding invitation for my aunt. She is getting married in a few weeks. So I have had wedding on my mind. Evidently, even after your married, women think about wedding ideas.. pinterest is a great example of that!

Source: via Melinda on Pinterest

Source: None via Emma on Pinterest

Menu Plan Monday 9/12-9/18

I will be heading out of town on Wednesday. I get to spend a few days with my grandma and help around the house. So our menu is definitely lacking in appeal. ha! Chevy Man will be fending for himself most the week.

Monday Sept 12 2011

Dinner- Pizza

Tuesday September 13 2011


Dinner- lasagna

Wednesday September 14 2011


Dinner- egg sandwiches

Thursday September 15 2011

Fend for yourself

Friday September 16 2011

Fend for yourself

Saturday September 17 2011


Sunday- Surprise!!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Childhood Memories

Wasteful Wednesday: September 7

We have had a great week of No Food Waste! This is monumental. I'm very encouraged we could possibly do this more often. It really is my goal.

Check out this wonderful post on how to reduce food waste from my zero waste.

5 ways to reduce food waste from Care2

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Pin It Tuesday: Crochet

If you remember from last week, I love crocheting. I love the satisfaction of creating something with my own hands. It is so rewarding. My grandma taught me how to crochet simple hot pad holders, such as these-

They are just about the easiest things to crochet. I stuck with these for a few years. I believe she never had to make another one, and still has new ones to use from this time span! I then moved onto afghans-

Nothing like this one, however isn't that a beautiful pattern? I then started experimenting with fun yarn thicknesses. I made everyone baby blankets and ended up giving a lot to charity. I then found amigurumi. By definition it means
crocheted or knitted stuffed toy is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures.
In other words, ridiculously cute little crocheted creatures that serve almost no purpose unless you are a child. So I must share with you the cuteness pinterest has to offer in the world of amigurumi.

In case you are wanting to learn how to create these awesome little creatures, here is a wonderful tutorial.

Now, these aren't amigurumi, but they are just awesome enough I can't keep them to myself!

Source: via Vanessa on Pinterest

Crazy About My Baybah

Thursday, September 1, 2011

5 painless ways to save money

Are you looking for a few ways to cut back but don’t want to feel the pinch? Here are a few simple easy ways to save money each month with little to no effort.

1. Turn off those lights- It is easy to just leave all your lights on when walking through your home. Each time you leave a room, turn off that light!

To run a light bulb for 3 hours a day for one month is roughly $1, depending on your kwh/hour rate. That might not sound like a lot but consider having 10 lights on for 3 hours a day for one month. That is $10 just because you didn’t flip the switch as you walked past it when leaving the room. I consider that a large amount of money to waste just because I didn’t feel like turning it off.

2. Learn to love your crockpot- By slow cooking a cheap piece of meat, which is often cheaper, it will make them fall apart and be delicious. Beef, chicken, pork etc. it works on all cuts of meat. Rather than buying a roast for $15+ dollars buy a cheap roast for $5 and cook it on low for 8-10 hours and tell me it’s not delicious.

As far as energy consumption goes, in my area it costs around $.15 to run the crockpot for 8 hours. If you have a gas range it might often be cheaper to run the oven, however if you’re like me and have an electric range it is a very large savings. Now that $.15 figure is for my area in Idaho, we have pretty cheap electricity. If you are back East it will probably run you about $.30-$.40 to run the crockpot for 8 hours. This is simply my guesstimate on usage and wattage of my crockpot. All crockpots are different.

There are many great resources to obtain crockpot recipes. Year of crockpot is one of my favorite. She introduced to me that you don’t have to use it just for roast and soup. Dessert, baked potatoes, cake, bread all made in the crockpot! How neat!

3. Waste not, want not- Another great way to save a ton of money for little effort is to use what you have. Instead of throwing away the last serving of mash potatoes that are leftover from dinner last night, put them in the freezer container. Each time you have a little bit leftover of anything, veggies, soup, put it in that container. When it is full place it in your crockpot and you will have one of the best soups you will ever make.

Same goes for health and beauty products. You can cut open the end of the toothpaste tube and get at least 10 more uses out of an “empty” tube. When done using your razor, dip it into rubbing alcohol and let it air dry. This will save your blades for many more uses.

By wasting less of what you buy you won’t need to buy more, saving money. Tiny tasks each day can save big money in the long run.

4. Pay your bills on time- Each time you let bills go and you receive a late fee it could cost you $5-$30. Each month you pay 10 bills late at an average of $15 per late fee that is $150 a month, or $1800 a year. $1800 you could have in a savings account. $1800 you could have went on a very nice vacation. So why do you let business have that $1800 go in there pocket? It is ridiculous!

There are many easy ways you can pay those bills on time and not even have to think about it. Use auto pay, most banks offer this for free. The company that you are paying might offer it as well. It is worth setting up to have it automatically taken out of your bank account to save that $1800 a year.

5. Brown bag it- Back when I had a 9-5 job I had a serious addiction, it was a little piece of heaven at a local gas station. A little breakfast bread bundle filled with yummy ham and cheese. Each morning on my way to work I’d stop and purchase one and a pop. That ran me about $5 each morning. Then lunch would roll around and my boyfriend and I would head to the closest fast food joint and spend $15. That is $20 a day, Monday through Friday. Hello $400 of wasted money each month! The sad thing is we used to eat out for dinner each Friday at a nice restaurant, all money down the drain.

If I went back to work now, I would fry and egg (.11) and put it on an English muffin (.25) for breakfast for a total of .36. For lunch I would bring leftovers from dinner or even a sandwich on homemade bread, which would be $.40-.50 a sandwich. Total for the day= 1.72 for both of us versus $20. Total for the month $34.40. That is $365.60 in savings. Not to mention the health benefits of not eating all that processed feed each day.

Some of these things only save a dollar here or a dollar there but every cent adds up when trying to save money. You don’t need to give up all luxuries in life to save a dollar. It is all about deciding what things are important to you. If you have to have that $5 coffee each morning, maybe you can take your lunch to work. Or if eating out once a week is something you don’t want to sacrifice, perhaps cooking with your crockpot a few times a week can fund that luxury. It is all just a matter of choice.