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Monday, September 20, 2010

Love the sentiment, perplexed at the photo

I love the old WWII propaganda posters.  They're so interesting, and many of them have a great messages (ignoring the racist ones of course) that still apply today.

I love the "use it up, wear it out, buy used, or make do without" idea.  We may be broke as a joke right now, but I can't say I would ever sew Troy's pants while he was actively mowing the lawn.  I mean, I'm efficient, but that seems like a bit much to me.

Friday, September 17, 2010


My husband's boyfriend's wife Erica recently turned me on to Swagbucks.  In a nutshell, it's a search engine like Google that you get "paid to use".

When you install their toolbar and use it for your internet searches you earn random "swagbucks".  I've earned them by typing in gmail, my own blog website, etc.  You can get points for almost any website.  I have to visit the website of the institution that I work for multiple times a day, so I've racked up mad points from that alone.

The search engine itself isn't great, so sometimes I'll type in "Google" to the toolbar and earn points for that!  There are various ways to earn other points (polls, surveys, etc), but I main stick to the search engine.

You can trade your "swagbucks" in for tons of different things like giftcards, movie passes, electronics, etc.  I've been using it for about 3 weeks and have already earned $10 in Amazon giftcards!!

Erica referred me, so she gets a kickback of my points for the first 1,000 points I earn.  I've in turn referred 2 friends and I get a kickback from their points.  If you're interested in a referral, please post your email address in the comments and I'll send it to you.

Pros: free crap!  Addictive!
Cons: crappy-ish search engine, and prizes can take up to 14 days to post to your account.  Addictive!

So again, it's not money that will make you rich, but I have $10 more than I did 3 weeks ago, all for doing crap I normally do.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Identifying water leaks - totally free

Just a small leak from a toilet can double your water usage in a month!  Those leaks will cost you money, and waste valuable resources.

To check your toilet for leaks, put a few drops of green or blue food coloring in your toilet tank.  Let sit overnight.  If your toilet bowl is green or blue the next day, you've got a leak.  Replacing the leaking parts in the tank costs about $10 and 30 min of your time. 

Also, run your dishwasher and washing machine for a full cycle (full obviously).  Then shut off the main water to your house.  Find your water meter and take a peek.  If the meter is spinning, you have a leak somewhere.

All in all, you'll spend about an hour of your time checking for these issues, but you can save so much money in the long-run!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Yes I can!

No, this isn't a political post, but wouldn't that be fun?!

Today, I want to talk canning.  "Yes I can" is the answer I give to most people when they find out that I like to can food to preserve it.  Most ask if I'm really 80, and if this is the Great Depression, cause don't you know that you can get jam at the store these days?  Suck it naysayers.

Canning food at home is cheaper and healthier.  I pick out the stuff to put in the jars, and I control the ingredients.  I'm not worried about health violations at some creepy border town processing plant, and I don't have to stress about the corresponding food recalls.

Sometimes canning is fun, but most of the time it's damn hard work.  But, when we open a jar of peaches in January, I only think about how good the fruit tastes, and not about sweating above a boiling water canner for a few hours 5 months prior.

Besides all that, seeing the joy on a certain little kiddo's face when he is finally allowed to have momma's blackberry pancake syrup is priceless.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Check, check, check it out

I'm honored to be the guest poster today over at Farmer's Daughter's blog.  Farmer's Daughter has a wonderful blog with great living from scratch tips, awesome farm stories, and photos of her cutie pie kiddo.

Check it out if you get a chance.
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