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?


Friday, September 20, 2019

low waste travel silverware

Kyle, my fiance, lives in hotels for six months out of the year. We went through one and a half baseball seasons before I had the idea to get him his own reusable silverware in a little pouch so he didn't repeatedly waste plastic utensils. I bought the pouch for 99¢ and the three piece of silverware for 30¢, all at the thrift shop. A run through the washing machine and dishwasher and he had a like new set of reusable dinnerware that could be easily transported! He bought the small bottle of dish detergent so he could wash it himself (I'm still working on getting him over to cruelty free products), but I'm proud that he was receptive to this and took to it easily. He hand washes them while on the road, but I run them through the dishwasher in the offseason and store them until spring. I plan to refill the little bottle of detergent with our stock at home, so that eliminates a little more waste for a while.

Let me know your ways of saving waste in the comments!


Friday, September 13, 2019

frugal recipes // diy vegetable stock

A while back I started collecting vegetable scraps for homemade vegetable stock. I finally got around to throwing them into the slow cooker and was rewarded with a lot of stock!

Here's what I saved:
onion skins
carrot ends
green onion pieces

I saved the scraps in an old Zoup plastic soup container in the freezer and popped the contents in the slow cooker with water. I cooked it on high for four hours, strained out the veggies, and poured it into jars once it cooled. I didn't add salt because Kyle has high blood pressure and we can easily salt the dishes in which we add the broth. I realize this recipe isn't exactly a recipe, but it saved me a bit on store-bought, sodium-laden stock!

How do you make your homemade stocks?


Thursday, September 5, 2019

thrifty thursday #18

  • I received some Kroger coupons in the mail for free items and I'm going to carefully plan a shopping trip to maximize the other coupons that came with them.
  • We canceled our Playstation Vue a while back to cut spending but I've been enjoying the free Pluto TV service just as much. There's a whole old school NickToons channel!
  • I finally got my library card and I'm so excited! Since I got the card, I've canceled my Kindle Unlimited membership in favor of the (free) Libby App.
  • I've since tried out those reusable Swiffer pads and they are fantastic! You can order them here. Thirteen dollars for two versus twenty dollars a box continuously? Win!
  • All I could think about was an Impossible Whopper from Burger King one day, but I refrained from ordering one. They are so good though.
  • I claimed a $3 Amazon credit from Verizon Up Rewards and used it toward Dymo labels that were at a steep discount this week. I ended up paying $3.30 for each roll of 220 labels.
  • Kyle came home for a day so I moved the thermostat down to 71°, but when he left to finish the season I bumped it back up to 75°.
  • For lunch one day I ate a portion of soup I'd frozen a couple months ago. Still delicious!
  • In September, Prime users could choose two books for free via First Reads! I chose Drowning with Others by Linda Keir and The Dressmaker's Gift by Fiona Valpy.
  • I sold a plant with pot and decluttered and made ten dollars in the process.
How have you been thrifty lately?