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S.O.L. on EXTREME conscientious frugality
Tue 19-Jan-10
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Rae Mond
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I love the title of this! Extreme conscientious frugality sounds to me as if it's something you do when dropped by helicopter onto the side of a mountain and have to climb to the top in the dark using only your teeth.

I keep thinking that I ought to be being more conscientiously frugal (though perhaps not extremely so. perhaps casual conscientious frugality would be more accurate) but keep finding excuses. At the moment all is in a state of flux at home while we install a new bathroom and amalgamate ourselves into one household. Once all that has settled down I shall firmly suggest we develop a weekly meal plan and then stick to it, but I don't see settlement occuring til mid to late feb.

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Tue 19-Jan-10
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Lots of impressively frugal people around! I have a freezer list I keep taped to the front of the freezer. I just did a table using Word, 6 rows, one for each drawer, and 3 columns because I couldn't get it to do what I wanted any other way. I typed it up, and in use discovered I needed to put the contents of each drawer in alphbetical order or I couldn't find things and bought or cooked what turned out to be duplicates. (All used in the end, but not what I intended.) Then in pencil I cross things out as I use them, and add them to the appropriate drawer list as I freeze them. So when I defrost, or when the list becomes illegible, I update it, making sure to put it in alphabetical order again. And having it on the computer meant that when it got lost once I could redo it fairly easily.

I also have a larder list, because the cupboard I use as a larder has shelves so high I have to stack things and can't see what is there and everything has to be in mouse-proof containers so I need the list. I try to keep that up to date, shelf by shelf, but don't manage that as well as the freezer list, maybe because it is taped inside the door instead of outside.  I do look before I do my Christmas shop, but need to check quantities more carefully next Dec. so I don't buy a year's worth of sugar all at once!

Tue 19-Jan-10
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Goodness me, you are all so tidy minded, I'm not at all like that when it comes to food.  I do admire you.

I'll try that again!

Tue 19-Jan-10
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TA,  I am so glad there's at least one other person like me!!    Big_Laugh  Big_Laugh

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Tue 19-Jan-10
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Rae Mond said:

 Extreme conscientious frugality sounds to me as if it's something you do when dropped by helicopter onto the side of a mountain and have to climb to the top in the dark using only your teeth.


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You have a great turn of phrase, Rae. And a brilliant imagination!

I can only admire people like S.O.L. and Barbara who already use freezer lists. That is something that so many of us readers only aspire to, or hope we could do, or maybe made it a resolution.

But it's a must-do thing. And so simple to implement, really.

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Wed 20-Jan-10
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Rae Mond
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Thanks Danny. You're too kind.

I am also in awe of people who maange to be so organised. At work i'm pretty good, I have lists for everything and get quite annoyed if anyone interferes and mucks up any of my systems, but my house is pure chaos. I thought my bloke was better, according to a mutual friend who knew him before I did he used to be super neat and his house always looked like a show home, but this doesn't square with the man i'm sharing my life with. if anything he's worse than I am. I wonder if I'm a bad influence?Whistle

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Wed 20-Jan-10
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LOL Rae you make me laugh. 

I used to be untidy, and unorganised.  I live with someone who makes a monk look like he has a lot of things!  And also because of allergies we have to keep the house clean.  So the more stuff we have the more things to clean.  so stuff= a no no in our house.

Although I am embarrassed of my shoe collection now I have it all in the one place.  But in my defense, none of my shoes have cost more than £10.  Only my walking boots.  And they are very pretty.  and I have to go to lots of work dos with PB.  I cant let him down.  I wont say though like those sad people in magazines  "oh, I have 6 louis vitton handbags as they are future antiques and are investments for the future".  I would rather pay my mortgage off than spend it on a handbag

Wed 20-Jan-10
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Very good Rae! Oh I'm also in awe of people with lists on their freezers...I went and gazed inside mine yesterday. Impressively full is all I can say. Likewise the larder. Just as well as we were snowed in for two weeks. Oddly the freezer and larder seem just as full as they were before the snow. But I have done valiant work on the ice cream I discovered the other day, so I'm working on it.

Does guzzling left-over ice cream whilst watching tv count as frugality?

It was very concientious, I ate it ALL.

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Wed 20-Jan-10
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I think you've set an excellent example for the rest of us Kate.

I feel inspired to go home and clear out the remains of the apple and blackberry pie that are clutering up the fridge in Sam's house. After all, he's moving out this week, so the fridge has to be cleared somehow.

Also the rather nice vanilla icecream in the freezer. That should probably go too, come to think of it.

Go us with the frugality!

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Wed 20-Jan-10
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Absolutely! Leave not a scrap behind!Laugh

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Wed 20-Jan-10
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damn! why is my freezer full of prawn skins for someday stock and dried out dog treats and not ice cream???? i see where i have been going wrong!

Wed 20-Jan-10
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you could look at it from the other angle.  Stuffed larder and freezer.  Call if food storage for emergencies!Wink

Thu 21-Jan-10
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Managed to get two quiches from the CFC counter - both priced at 25p.

Couldn't make them for that price and very useful standby in the freezer.

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Thu 21-Jan-10
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I agree, BS, I often pick up quiche portions from the CFC.

And as we know, Real Men do not eat quiche. But just call it "!torte" and watch us pile in! Heart

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Fri 22-Jan-10
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Don't real men call it bacon and egg pie?RunAway

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