This year I’m celebrating the holidays with a “12 Days of Christmas” series on the abundances of our kitchen and garden. Share your experiences, too, and happy holidays! On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … 8 oranges’ peels, candied 7 dozen pounds of pork … and fat to render 6 farm-fresh eggs, 5 daikon pickled for banh mi, 4-some gallons of beer, 3 quarts of applesauce, 2 half-gallons of sauerkraut, and 1 quart of yogurt, homemade.
Homebrewing your own beer takes us to the 4th day of Christmas abundance.
Clean your dryer vent and ducting to save energy.
This week, I am reviewing $3 Meals, and the publisher, The Lyons Press, has graciously agreed to sponsor a GIVEAWAY for one lucky blog reader to win a copy of the book!
We’ve come to the last week of our weekend winterizing challenge! For this week’s post, I dug deep into my home’s winterizing challenges to stop the chill breezes from blowing in our house. The leaky mail slot
Jennie looks at making draft dodgers, and we talk about energy audits.
Last year, I wrote about how an electricity meter caused me to rethink my coffee strategy — and slash our electricity bill. In case you don’t own such a meter, I’ve learned that the Denver Public Library has teamed up with Xcel Energy to add portable Watts Up? power meters to its circulating collection. That means cardholders can reserve and check out a meter to measure their own electricity use, letting them know where to make changes to save energy. Not in Denver? Your public library might offer a similar service. Go here to search, and add your library system name to find out if watt meters are available near you.
LED holiday lights – so worth it.
This morning, I came home and found that my house could use a bit of sprucing up. I try to keep things orderly, but as anyone who lives anywhere probably knows, I’m fighting a losing battle. In the past, I’ve tried a variety of methods to keep the house clean. Some worked very well; others were not so productive. At one point, Mr. Cheap and I posted a chart of chores on the wall so we could see what had been done, which was a good tool when we first began living together, to help us learn what needed to be done.
How to be your own chai wallah …
OK, we can all agree it’s not a great idea to keep a lot of cash around the house. But for those times when you do have cash around the house, check out TipNut’s recent post on Hiding Valuables – Sneakier Uses For Everyday Things. Of course, people have to get all cranky in the comments saying that now burglars will know how to find things. I’ll just say this: I saw a few of these ideas and thought “Now that’s a good one! I’ve seen it before and always meant to use it.” Those “seen it before” ideas probably aren’t good to use. But if the list inspires your own unique idea, that probably IS good to use.
Want to join the Weekend Winterizing Challenge? Read all about it here. We’ve owned two homes in the past nine years, and lived in plenty of rentals. Thus, I’ve experienced a whole slew of window options. In turn, I’ve seen a lot of ways to add insulating power to those windows:
‘Tis the season for winterizing. In addition to our challenge, there is a lot of great information on the Web. If you want to look beyond today’s earlier post on winterizing windows, I came across this post on some non-heating ways to save energy in the winter.
To help motivate myself — and you — to get into a winter energy-saving mindset, I’m collaborating with Jennie Dorris, who writes Denver’s 5280 Magazine’s Cheap Thrills blog, to put together an eight-week Weekend Winterizing Challenge. Join now! The rules are simple …
Plenty of information on living cheap & green on the World Wide Web this week. Here are a few of the highlights:
We are in the heart of our CSA season here, with fruits and veggies rolling in. Most recently we’ve been enjoying these beautiful peaches. They are delicious, organic peaches from Colorado’s Western Slope. In honor of the first day of school last week, Mlle. Cheap and I agreed to use some of them to make a peach pie for dinner.
Keep pests out of the house naturally with these tips.
The Rodale Institute, Organic Valley and Nature’s Path are running a great promotion for a FREE subscription to Organic Gardening magazine.
Make my own deodorant? The post sounded like the mysterious substance — made wholly from safe-for-the-kitchen, even edible, ingredients — was easy to create and might even work. To the kitchen!
Summertime, and the savin’ is easy — that’s right, it’s a cheesy-play-on-song-lyrics edition of the Friday wrap-up today. Without further ado, here’s what I’ve found for you this week.