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11:09 pm: Ways to save money
I got a phone call from a friend of mine today about ways to save money.  In giving her ideas, I was reflecting on our life and how we used to be so far below the poverty line that the poverty line was invisible.  

I was also thinking about or 90% reduction challenge and trying to be eco-friendly in my response and realized that the two are not incompatible.  So, I decided to list some of the things we do that save money and resources at the same time.

Line dry
Cook from scratch
Bulk cook
Use a crockpot (or better yet, solar oven if you have one.)
Grow your own veggies.  Use pots and windows if you don't have a yard.
Throw away your cleaning products.
Clean with vinegar
Your hair too.
Rubbing alcohol instead of deodorant.  (Works for smell, not sweat.)
Borax/super washing soda for your laundry
Vinegar in the rinse cycle
Cloth pads
Cloth toilet paper.  (A stack of wash cloths at the dollar store work just fine.)
Cloth diapers
Put a few dollars a week aside now for a CSA next year.  (I did the math on this.  $14.02 a week for locally grown organic produce.  Less than Kroger.)
Shop at farmer's market in season.
Walk when possible.
Country living?  Combine trips.  (R.  Are we doing yoga tomorrow during Charlie's piano lesson?)
Get a few chickens.  Check your zoning laws.  Some cities allow chickens but not roosters.  Chickens eat table scraps.  Including chicken and eggs.
Do your clothes shopping at yard sales and thrift stores.
Be creative.  That stained table cloth can become a beautiful skirt.  Or a couple of child sized jumper dresses.
Rain barrels.

There are plenty more ideas, but I am tired and it is late.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 21st, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)

Don't forget...

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And Lets NOT forget reusing Items like PALLETS, chicken house, milking stand.
Your goat milking, pallet breaking> HUSBAND
From:mrshoppes
Date:June 21st, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)

Re: Don't forget...

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Ah, yes. And while out combining trips, go down alleys and pick up pallets to bring home to turn into chicken houses and milking stands and other neat things.

I'll post pictures tomorrow.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 21st, 2007 06:12 am (UTC)

Saving Money

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How about bartering? It's something I'd like to be able to do--but haven't really tried. I guess we bartered painting for a steak dinnner, didn't we? LOL We need a local bartering group don't you think? Just rambling thoughts from an over-tired, over-medicated, awake mother.

Dana
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From:jedimomma
Date:June 21st, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
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YOGA! YOGA! YOGA! I'm biking the kidlets to the library this morning, but we should be back by lunch at the latest. YOGA! YOGA! YOGA!

Unless, of course, you want to try Pilates?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 24th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)

Hi

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Can I link to this post in my list of people's "25 ways to save money" post that I have on my site?
Please email me back if that is ok- Frugalforlife at gmail dot com
Thanks
~Dawn
From:mrshoppes
Date:June 24th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)

Re: Hi

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Absolutely. I am very flattered.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 4th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)

Feeding chickens chicken??

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Great tips.
But I hope I read this bit wrong!!
'Chickens eat table scraps. Including chicken and eggs.'
In the UK, it is illegal to use animal parts in feed. This is for food safety reasons. However, I don't understand how any normal person would even think of doing it.
From:mrshoppes
Date:July 5th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)

Re: Feeding chickens chicken??

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It is not part of the daily feed and it is for personal consumtion and not for public sale. You will find that backyard chickens are raised a whole lot different than factory raised chickens. Their diet is more natural and they are much healthier and happier.
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