Tuesday, December 31, 2019

things i decluttered in november/december

I'm still decluttering! Here's what I got rid of in November and December:

  • A large bag of clothing, accessories, and two wax warmers to the thrift shop at work
  • A couple articles of clothing and accessories via my Poshmark shop
  • I sold a necklace display on the FB Marketplace for $10 and they picked it up
  • Some bars of soap Kyle gathered in his travels, to my best friends and some coworkers who will use them
  • All of the Christmas gifts we purchased for loved ones! I had them in a bin in my closet and I'm happy to have given them and reclaimed that space. :)
  • I gathered up a large stack of home, garden, and cooking magazines to take with me to my mom's
  • Out of that same stack, I'll be passing along Time and Smithsonian magazines to Kyle's brother
  • A large number of clippings and rooted plants as gifts to my mother, and a large Monstera separation to my niece
  • Our old printer (we got a new one for Christmas!) and an electric razor that no longer worked;  to Best Buy to be recycled
  • A friend at work and I had discussed castor oil for hair growth, so I filled up an extra dropper bottle and brought some to her
  • Several skincare and body products, used up and recycled
Throughout the new year I fully intend to declutter and downsize as much as possible. How are you tackling your clutter?


Friday, December 13, 2019

no food waste friday

  • At my previous meal prep job, whoever drained the tuna or salmon saves the water/oil for me from the several cans and I pour it over the pups' food as a little treat.
  • When I chopped broccoli at the kitchen, I save the little pieces that fall off onto the cutting board and add them to salads and pasta sauce.
  • We went through our (tiny) pantry and I pulled out everything close to the date and put it in a bin on the counter to use up so it didn't go to waste.

  • I had a zucchini left in the veggie bowl, so I sauteed it in some water mixed with taco seasoning when we made tacos and then chopped it up. It wasn't bad! I'd make it again!
  • We had a single grilled chicken breast and a single slice of flank steak left in the fridge so I sliced them thinly, sauteed it for a few minutes in water and taco seasoning and we made tacos again. (Can you see a pattern? Our go to dinner is tacos, haha.)
  • I pack odds and ends in Kyle's lunches so nothing goes to waste.
  • At my job I worked a few Christmas parties and we were able to bring home some of the catered leftovers. I brought home half a tray of green beans and a large container of slices turkey and mashed potatoes. I'll eat the potatoes, but I'll pack some green beans and turkey in Kyle's lunch.
How have you saved food waste lately? :)


Thursday, December 5, 2019

thrifty thursday #19

  • Kroger mailed out their quarterly (I think?) coupons and we received coupons for a free bag of Tostitos and a free jar of store brand pasta sauce. Always great to get those!
  • I earned $1.20 back from ibotta from a visit to Kroger.
  • I started a new job and gained so many more benefits. Getting two full meals a day is just one of the fringe benefits, but health, dental, vision, and life insurance for very little out of pocket is even better!
  • My commute went from 36 miles one way to 6.2 miles one way. I drive less miles round trip than I did on the trip just to work previously.
  • I sold a spare piece of furniture we had put in our storage unit and made $50.
  • The man in front of me at Food Lion didn't have an MVP card so I put my phone number in. It saved him money and I inadvertently got $1.25 via ibotta.
  • I got a great deal on Ulta's foaming hand soaps a while back and I just refill them with water until they don't suds anymore.
  • There's a uniform at my job so I personalize with earrings and hair accessories. I bought a 12 pair set of earrings at Michael's for $3.49 after a 50% off coupon!

  • Verizon yielded me a free year of Disney+! The Mandalorian is really good so far!
  • I hang dry my work clothes and they air dry overnight, saving from running the dryer.
  • The dog food brand we use isn't easily found locally in a 40lbs bag. Locally, a 28lbs bag of this food is $31.99 while a 40lbs bag of this food is available on Amazon for $36.99 AND they'll bring it up the steps upon delivery. It's pretty obvious that I buy the forty pounds online for the better deal.
  • I made a quick $10 by selling a necklace display via the FB Marketplace
How have you been thrifty this week?


Sunday, November 17, 2019

things i decluttered in august/september/october

We live in a small apartment. I've been working at decluttering and thought I'd start documenting what I've moved out of here!
  • Numerous articles of clothing via Poshmark and Mercari
  • Two plants, given as gifts
  • An older hairdryer that had started to spark, recycled at Best Buy
  • A giant box of books and DVDs of Kyle's, which we transferred to our storage unit
  • While not clutter, I went to see my month old nephew in August and took over the book collection and shirts I'd collected for him (that sweet bb angel slept on me for two hours!)
  • I bought a plant for my best friend's new office and used a pot I already had at home to repot
  • Two large bags of flimsy plastic (packaging, ruined grocery bags, sandwich bags); taken to Kroger for recycling
  • I sold three of my numerous plants to someone in a FB plant group
  • I donated four large bags (in reusable bags to downsize the collection) of clothing
  • Five plants and three pots that didn't bring me joy, given to members of local FB plant groups
  • A stack of thirteen grower's pots from plant purchases over the months, to a friend
  • A wire shelf and a large container of flower pots (shown), moved to our storage unit
  • I'm a bit of a jar hoarder, so I sucked it up and recycled a bunch I had sitting around the kitchen
  • I listed an old cracked Critter Keeper for free on the FB marketplace and someone came to pick it up. It was still good for dry critters and transport, so I didn't want to trash it just yet. It went to a teacher to use for her students!
  • Kyle redid his closet and we had a few dozen metal hangers to get rid of. I listed them for $5 on the FB marketplace and someone came and got them same day!
  • I gave a few flower pots and some cuttings away to a friend at work
  • The thrift store at the retirement community where I work is having a huge sale, so I gathered a ton of clothing, hangers, rooted plant cuttings, and plastic pots for them. All proceeds go to Alzheimer's research!
  • My mom wanted a couple items out of my Poshmark closet so I mailed them to her. 
  • I took two more huge bags of items to the thrift shop at work!
  • We used up and tossed some candles that were sitting around.
What have you decluttered lately?