• Inspiration,  Personal,  Recycling

    The Story of a Failure

    Back when I was in fourth grade we lived within walking distance to my grandparent’s house. Every time I would see one of my uncles or aunts arrive for a visit I would race there in excitement. I loved visiting with my relatives. One of those visits is indelibly imprinted on my brain. I can’t recall the exact details; I…

  • Freebies,  Frugality,  Recycling,  Simplicity

    The Beauty of Old Things

    Several months ago my daughter surprised me with an odd request. She had noted that many of her friends and family were giving away their collections of old vinyl albums; could I help her select a record player so that she could play them? While I am aware that vinyl is making a comeback, the last thing I expected was…

  • Decluttering,  Minimalism,  Recycling,  Simplicity

    It’s Okay to Own Things

    It’s become fashionable to throw things away. Out with the old, to make room for the new. There are even groups out there that will help you get rid of your things and encourage you to eliminate as much of your stuff as you want. I know. I was one of them. In time I realized that the Minimalist movement…

  • Frugality,  Recycling

    The Improvised Pitcher

    The other day a friend of mine passed along three bottles of concentrated Cranberry Juice cocktail. I hadn’t had any in ages so I dug through my cabinets in search of something small enough to mix it in that would fit in my refrigerator. To my dismay I didn’t have anything. The only pitcher I had was a bit too…

  • Food,  Frugality,  Holidays,  Recycling

    How to Eat Your Christmas Tree

    Okay, folks, time to recycle that tall piece of greenery you have stuck in the corner of your living room. While most of us just toss it out with the trash, did you know that you could actually eat it? I’m serious, you really can. I’ve known for a while that you can actually eat pine trees. In fact, you should…

  • Recycling

    Shingles Made of Recycled Tires

    I recently found a web page where a creative frugalista used old race care tires instead of shingles on a roof and my inner cheapskate fell in love. I’m not exactly sure where you would get old race car tires but I still wanted to share this. Some of you might be able to figure out a way to use…