As with most people, the advent of the new year has us combing the budget to patch the leaks... reassessing our spending habits... and battening down our spending in order to accommodate a tighter budget. Because of this I've been especially inspired by all of the frugal ideas found throughout this wonderland of Bloglandia. Sending gratitude and thanks to all who so generously share their life~enhancing frugal strategies... you are very appreciated.
Here are a few simple ways we've been practicing the art of frugality in our realm of reality recently.
|I finally tried this great idea that's been rolling around Pinterest for awhile: Instead of throwing out the stub of our organic celery I put it in a bit of water on the window sill and use the leaves in cooking. If all goes well it will eventually go out into the garden with our herbs, cabbages and kale! I did a similar strategy using organic Romaine lettuce cores (cut from store bought lettuce) with great results. They sprouted on the window sill where I harvested a few of them to top Tostadas. I eventually planted them in the garden but our resident raccoons immediately dug them up and ate them! Perhaps the next batch will be put into pots?|
|Inspired by need, I dug out some of our thrifted vintage silver plated flatware and soaked it in an aluminum foil lined stainless pot filled with water and sprinkled with baking soda and a bit of salt. It worked fairly well to take the first few layers of the very dark tarnish from them but elbow grease had to take over from there! We use these for our everyday flatware and I never tire of the pretty shapes and designs.|