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Monday Math Quiz | Convenience Foods

Monday Math Quiz | Convenience Foods

Each Monday Kayla K’s Thrifty Ways offers three tightwad word problems to practice savings calculations. Question 1: You have a crazy craving for tomato soup but have no canned soup on hand.  You improvise with a simple white sauce of 1 TBSP each of butter and flour, 1 C milk,...

Monday Math Quiz | Clothing

Monday Math Quiz | Clothing

Each Monday Kayla K’s Thrifty Ways offers three tightwad word problems to practice savings calculations. Question 1: It takes you 30 minutes to replace a zipper in DH’s Carhartt work pants.  The zipper costs $2, while the pants would be $40 to replace. Calculate your hourly wage. Question 2: How...

No New Craft Supplies in 2011 Challenge!

No New Craft Supplies in 2011 Challenge!

As an avid crafter, I feel that clutter and hoarding is an accepted behavior. Throughout my life I have used my hobbies as an excuse to my messy bedroom.  After all, most crafters have a whole home to absorb their hobbies… kitchens, sewing rooms, garages, etc.  I only ever had...

How to crochet in unworked chain loops

How to crochet in unworked chain loops

I am working on a new crochet plarn tote pattern, but before I get along too far I wanted to clarify my last pattern. My favorite tote design is simple and seamless.  This is achieved by working in the round using the unworked chain loops. I had good intentions of...

Shopping at Goodwill pays

Shopping at Goodwill pays

Today at Goodwill I found a wonderful black merino wool turtleneck sweater: exactly what I wanted.  I have been pricing different options online but have not found the quality I would like within my price range.  I wore my current turtleneck to pieces in only two winters so I felt...

Combat rising food prices with a potato-only diet

Combat rising food prices with a potato-only diet

How do you plan to cope with the expected rise in food costs? How about a potatoes-only diet? According to this article, Chris Voigt of Lake Moses, Washington is on a 60-day white-potatoes only diet to protest WIC restrictions.  The federal Women, Infant, and Children program does not allow the...

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Happy early (Black) Friday morning! I assure you that I am not awake this early to go shopping, although the coupons at Joann’s Fabrics are incredible!  I woke up early to make Spencer’s lunch and get a head start on homework.  Later today I will be going to dinner at...