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    • misstara
    • By misstara 1st Jan 16, 10:31 PM
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    Make do, Mend and Minimise in 2016
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    • 1st Jan 16, 10:31 PM
    Make do, Mend and Minimise in 2016 1st Jan 16 at 10:31 PM
    Following on from Cheerfulness' 2015 thread, it's time to start a 2016 one. The thread last year gave me so much inspiration and the lovely people on there were always at the ready to give advice and tips so I'm looking forward to another year of making do, mending and minimising. Hope to see some familiar faces here and new folk always welcome

    The 2015 thread can be found here

    Recipes
    Pineapple cake
    Scones
    Naan bread
    Chickpea curry
    Crustless quiche
    Flatbreads
    Onion bhajis
    Meri's Seafood Cakes
    Corned beef hash pie
    Peanut butter cookies
    Last edited by misstara; 26-04-2016 at 10:39 PM.
    Debt at LBM Jan 2014 £10458.09 Now £0
    New flat debt Jan 2017 £2302.75 Now £1349.50 (41.4% paid)
    Mini Targets
    Exercise target - Run 3/8, Gym 0/4. Groceries target £106.86/£150. NSD target 11/18.
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    • FrugalinShropshire
    • By FrugalinShropshire 24th Oct 16, 2:58 PM
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    FrugalinShropshire
    Our plumber can't make it until after xmas to plumb the new kitchen in, so I will have to make do with 2 half kitchens until then. At least this xmas we will have the gas hob!!!! and not the 2 camping gas stoves. Our kitchen refurb is a long job with us saving up and paying for each bit as we go along. Its a challenge, but the way we have chosen to live our lives.
    I have 'mended' 4 pairs of Dad's trousers, new ones from the MandS sale but they are too long, so I have shortened them
    I have minimalised a book of DS'S The Mistletoe Bride that I have just read and an old sieve that OH is going to make into a lamp!!!!
    Proud to be mortgage free
    • kkffoo
    • By kkffoo 24th Oct 16, 3:44 PM
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    kkffoo
    Make Do: Learning to make home made vegetable stock, having been inspired by this forum. I am resisting buying a large stock pot. Or at least resisting buying, until I know whether stock will become a stock recipe for me Will try making smaller quantities first, which will fit in pans I already own.....but new pan is so shiny....aargh.

    Mend: Lovely fine wool cardi, now consigned to the 'house only' pile due to age, took it out after summer to discover the aftermath of a carpet beetle's stroll, leaving nibble holes down one sleeve. Darned but only wearing until the 2017 clothes budget kicks in. Buttons are lovely though so will keep those.

    Minimise: Working through our already owned book pile, rather than buying more, and donating any which don't grab me in the first few pages. Many of these came free from a 'please take any you want' clear out when our community centre was being redecorated.
    • homerdog
    • By homerdog 26th Oct 16, 10:42 PM
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    homerdog
    Made do with bubble and squeak with a poached egg for tea tonight - leftover sprouts and mash from Monday.
    Mend - had pre op today as first step to mending me (gall bladder coming out next week.
    Minimised paper stash by making another couple of Christmas cards, wool stash by doing some more of granddaughters cardi, recycled some old cards from the attic after removing anything reusable and relocating in the craft room.
    • haras nednats
    • By haras nednats 27th Oct 16, 11:51 AM
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    haras nednats
    Hi everyone
    I read this thread a lot but never post, but today is the day! I have been doing a lot of minimising over the past couple of years; I moved back home to live with my parents after having to leave uni for health reasons. I had to bag up my entire life in London and stick it in the attic or under my bed.

    I have gradually been getting rid of all my surplus things and have recently had the mother of all clear-outs! I have decided to move to Austria to be with my partner, and want to leave nothing behind at my parents' house as I don't think this is fair.

    So, my boyfriend helped me get all my things out of the attic and we went through every single thing that I own. I decided to be very selective about what I'm keeping as the flat in Austria is tiny and he already has most things we need in terms of kitchen equipment; I did keep a few bits and bobs that I want over there (he's not really into cooking so lacks of a few of the items I use regularly).

    I couldn't believe how much stuff there was, but it actually didn't take to long to sort through and now our porch is full to bursting with things for the charity shop (after my sister has had a look through of course!).

    The reason I had so much stuff in the first place is that I worked in a CS when I was in London - worst job for a hoarder ever! The other problem I had was that I had brought back a lot of 'specialist' food that just didn't get used once I had boxed it up. I tried to give it away on Freecycle/Streetbank or put it in the food bank bins at the supermarket, but anything that was open had to just be binned. I felt so guilty that I ended up just ignoring it and most things just went stale/rancid and I had to bin it anyway. I managed to feed quite a lot of bits to our chickens, and the rest went of the compost heap so luckily not in the bin.

    I also got rid of a lot of paperwork, scanning everything that was important and recycling the rest. It's amazing how easy it is to hoard bits of paper, and how much you can accumulate in a short space of time...

    I feel brilliant now , knowing that I have cleared out about 95% of all of my things and that someone else will be able to use them. The thought of making a 'fresh start' in Austria is amazing too - we are going to redecorate and really make it fee like a new flat

    Sorry for the essay, I just really wanted to share my achievement with someone and this seemed like the perfect place! So thanks
    Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints!
    • nursemaggie
    • By nursemaggie 27th Oct 16, 4:29 PM
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    nursemaggie
    haras nednats Thank you for your story. Nice to meet you. Lots of Australians are on these threads so I hope we will see you again.

    Hope your new life in Australia is all you want it to be. Good luck.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 27th Oct 16, 5:52 PM
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    JackieO
    Austria or Australia ?? Where ever you go ,don't be a stranger we are all only a click away on your computer

    Enjoy your new life and let us know how you are getting on
    Good Luck


    JackieO xx
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
    • homerdog
    • By homerdog 27th Oct 16, 6:54 PM
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    homerdog
    I've been a member for some time now but seldom post, decided yesterday to try and post most days, I read other posts most nights but don't feel able to post myself, nothing ever happens worth posting about.
    So, had a busy day at the dreaded Trafford Centre today, started at opticians where my bank acc was minimised by a huge amount, then instead of the sit down meal my son wanted we made do with a meal deal from b@@ts, then when we got home husband announced he'd dropped and broken a picture frame, luckily glass was intact so mending was easy with a spot of glue.
    All in all a good christmas shopping day, lots of offers in above mentioned chemist store and can now tick quite a few off the list.
    Also, done bit of cross stitch today and made a card for sons friend whos birthday is on Sunday.
    • milasavesmoney
    • By milasavesmoney 28th Oct 16, 1:07 AM
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    milasavesmoney
    Homerdog, I enjoyed reading about your day.

    Made do with Slow cooker and microwave as my cooktop has been torn out in the remodel. I discovered that cornbread can be cooked in the microwave.
    Minimized stuff in fridge when I made soup in the SC. Very good flavor.
    No mending done.
    Overprepare, then go with the flow.
    [Regina Brett]
    • haras nednats
    • By haras nednats 28th Oct 16, 9:02 AM
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    haras nednats
    Austria or Australia ?? Where ever you go ,don't be a stranger we are all only a click away on your computer
    Originally posted by JackieO
    Austria

    Thank you, I will definitely start using this community much more! That made me remember actually - I think we must live in the same area as you mentioned Battle Abbey in another post the other day
    Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints!
    • 117pauline
    • By 117pauline 28th Oct 16, 12:55 PM
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    117pauline
    It seems ages since I have posted so today's the day....

    Mend
    Pair of trousers needed a repaired hem

    Make Do
    I have discovered a recipe for Chinese Chicken and Mushroom which my OH rates as better than the local takeaway (does that count?)

    Planting out all my violas that have self-seeded themselves throughout my garden

    Back to emptying the freezer following my first Muscle Food order

    Minimise
    Three small containers finished in the bathroom this morning. I am determined to reduce all those little shampoos and body wash that return from hotels along with the freebie testers too

    Weeds!!!

    A beautiful Fairy Book/Jigsaw to one of the trolley lads at ASDA. Various other bits to another one of them.

    Pond, various plants and bits to someone who is making a wildflower garden for a lady in her 90s

    My garden is still looking very good although I have noticed a couple days when there was almost a frost in the mornings.

    I need to pack my greenhouse to preserve as many of my plants as I can.

    Have a lovely weekend MMM-ers
    Pauline
    Don't get it perfect - Get it going
    Better Than Before
    • Prinzessilein
    • By Prinzessilein 28th Oct 16, 5:55 PM
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    Prinzessilein
    Plenty of MMMing going on with me at the moment.

    I am hoping to move at the end of next week.

    Whilst I am packing I am having a general sort-out...no need to take stuff with me if it has been tucked at the back of the cupboard since I moved in to this place!

    My winter-store cupboard has been packed up and carried across - causing laughter as I was seen wheeling a jumbo pack of 36 loo-rolls balanced on top of my walker!...'How many of those are you going to need?'...'got enough there have you?;...;Ooooh someone had a curry last night!'... and other 'amusing' comments...They were a real bargain (Cushelle, so nice and soft too!)...and so much cheaper than buying in packs of 4.

    The last occupant of my new flat left some curtains ...(well, her family left them)...nice net ones with dolphins in the kitchen which I will keep....and not-so-nice in the bedroom, but I am hoping that my current living room ones will fit those windows (nets and curtains)...so just need to measure up the new lounge and get curtains done for them.

    The freezer is almost empty...hopefully ready to defrost on Monday ready for the move.

    Biggest money-save is that we are doing most of the move ourselves....As it is just moving across the road (sort of)...we are moving a few boxes/cases each day. (It helps that Mum will by my new neighbour so I can store stuff in her place until the decorating is done!....Just need to hire a couple of hefty men to shift the big stuff like the bed...and armchair...and large cupboards.

    haras nednats:...so jealous...I LOVE Austria. I have spent many happy holidays there! (I lived in Germany for some years)...whereabouts will you be?
    • Lindlou
    • By Lindlou 28th Oct 16, 8:26 PM
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    Lindlou
    Make Do
    I have discovered a recipe for Chinese Chicken and Mushroom which my OH rates as better than the local takeaway

    Pauline....
    Recipe please?
    Never, ever give up........
    • iamsalt
    • By iamsalt 28th Oct 16, 8:46 PM
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    iamsalt
    Evening
    Gosh everyone has been busy.
    117pauline - it definitely counts - OH and I have homemade takeaway each month, choosing from a takeaway menu and then we make the dinner together, having looked up recipes online. We choose different takeaways each time, we have had Thai, Chinese, Indian, fish and chips and pizza. Not sure what it will be next time!
    Prinzesslein - that sounds like a relaxing way to move. I dread the idea of moving again, and well done for sorting through things before you go, it's not worth the effort to move things

    Haras nednats - do join in from Austria, it's not that far, and MMM has no borders!

    I have a fairly free weekend, tomorrow will be spending money on my first pair of reading glasses....I have reached the age where my eyesight is going to slowly worsen. A tip run with a fridge which has died in use, and then a good day working in the garden I hope.

    Any ideas - the bottom sheet (fitted) of the bed never seems to stay on does anyone have suggestions of things I can do (I have always been a wriggler in my sleep) as I have never had a bottom sheet stay on overnight. Would long elastic bits work? I would struggle to lift the mattress. I am sure I am not the first to wonder how to deal with the issue!

    Thanks
    S x
    New house, new mortgage.
    £175,999 (likely to be £200,000 in April 2018) end date October 2041 I would love the end date to be 2027 but will aim first for 2037.
    Overpay by £25 per month while saving for the building works on the new house
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 29th Oct 16, 11:17 AM
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    JackieO
    Good Morning chums an grey looking day at the moment outside.
    I returned to Hastings yesterday, as I had seen an item in a junk shop that I wanted for my DGS Danny.Its a Universal Studios clapper board.

    He is 26 next month, so I wanted something he can take with him when he moves to New York in the New Year.

    He and his girlfriend Hayley are getting married on Christmas Eve and I wanted something he could take with him and pack easily.I spotted it on Wednesday but the shop was closed.So with a bit of detective work and the internet I found the owners phone no. and rang and asked when it would be open as I really wanted to buy it.She was so nice and said although she was in Devon someone would be at the shop on Friday and put it aside for me .So I drove down and snaffled it and I am really pleased with what I got.
    I know he will like it as he worked in TV for 6 years before moving into making adverts for a large company His wife-to-be works as a producer on MTV so they are both keen on movie memorabilia .
    Well worth the extra journey even though it was a 100 mile round trip

    No food shopping to do and have managed to get through this month fairly well with only two trips to the shops, as I am running down my freezer so I can defrost ,hopefully before Christmas.
    Bit of baking to do this morning for my DD and DGS as I have promised them some more melting moments biscuits.
    No mending to do at the moment and minimising some more wool for my charity blankets
    Hope you all have a good weekend


    Cheers chums

    JackieO xx
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
    • flubberyzing
    • By flubberyzing 29th Oct 16, 11:54 AM
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    Nice to read about books being passed along!
    I earn a fair few book tokens through a survey site I do, so I buy them, then pass them onto Mum (we have similar tastes in books), and she stores them up to sell on the annual book store at her village fete.
    As they are always in good condition and usually fairly new, they always sell, and go on to further happy homes!
    Because it's fun to have money!
    • Laura_Elsewhere
    • By Laura_Elsewhere 29th Oct 16, 1:52 PM
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    iamsalt: "Any ideas - the bottom sheet (fitted) of the bed never seems to stay on does anyone have suggestions of things I can do (I have always been a wriggler in my sleep) as I have never had a bottom sheet stay on overnight. Would long elastic bits work? I would struggle to lift the mattress. I am sure I am not the first to wonder how to deal with the issue!"

    One of the things we've found is that different makes of sheet assume a different thickness of mattress! Ours is, I think, only 10cm (standard Ikea double), so our lovely posh fitted sheet is saggy because it assumes a Princess-like 30cm thickness, so the elastic bits don't have enough to 'grab' onto and slither off; meanwhile we have three cheap ones from Wilko - bought because the first one was such a good fit we bought two more - but they're a tiny bit too short for the bed, so we have to wrestle them onto the bed and then the mattress corners are pulled up like a banana... !

    In other words - whatever the packaging says, they really don't make fitted sheets to actually *fit* anything... oh and of course two unrelated sizes named "double"...

    I have tried long bits of elastic under the mattress, and it wasn't worth the effort!

    I am still figuring it out - I think I am actually going to spend some time cutting and re-stitching the corners on the too-large ones to fit our mattress. The too-small ones... well one is doable but one is really beyond a joke - so maybe I'll find some brightly-coloured cotton and add a stripe on the bottom to lengthen it? Our bedding is all brightly-coloured and deliberately mismatched anyway, so it would work! We do surveys online and get vouchers we can use in Argos who often have very cheap brightly-coloured single-size sheets which would do for a lengthening patch!
    • charlies-aunt
    • By charlies-aunt 29th Oct 16, 2:50 PM
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    I make do and mend with sheets - when first married I inherited several stashes of old fashioned cotton sheets from relatives - any double sheets that are wearing thin are cut in half long-ways and stitched as a flat seam onto a standard double, selvedge to selvedge, so the worn part becomes the outer edge. It makes a extra long, extra wide sheet with ample tuck in so the sheets stay put. Have also attached a single onto a double to do the same thing. The seam lies at the lower part of the bed and we never 'feel' it


    The only downside is that they take up a lot of washing line!


    Have also made some very bright, 1960's floral flannelette sheets into a duvet cover ... I kept the extra length on to create a flap at the bottom of the duvet that tucks under the mattress at the bottom of the bed for extra winter cosiness


    Not house beautiful but cheap, cheerful and super snuggly
    Last edited by charlies-aunt; 30-10-2016 at 1:21 PM. Reason: spelling
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    • iris
    • By iris 29th Oct 16, 4:30 PM
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    iamsalt: "Any ideas - the bottom sheet (fitted) of the bed never seems to stay on does anyone have suggestions of things I can do (I have always been a wriggler in my sleep) as I have never had a bottom sheet stay on overnight. Would long elastic bits work? I would struggle to lift the mattress. I am sure I am not the first to wonder how to deal with the issue!"

    One of the things we've found is that different makes of sheet assume a different thickness of mattress! Ours is, I think, only 10cm (standard Ikea double), so our lovely posh fitted sheet is saggy because it assumes a Princess-like 30cm thickness, so the elastic bits don't have enough to 'grab' onto and slither off; meanwhile we have three cheap ones from Wilko - bought because the first one was such a good fit we bought two more - but they're a tiny bit too short for the bed, so we have to wrestle them onto the bed and then the mattress corners are pulled up like a banana... !

    In other words - whatever the packaging says, they really don't make fitted sheets to actually *fit* anything... oh and of course two unrelated sizes named "double"...

    I have tried long bits of elastic under the mattress, and it wasn't worth the effort!

    I am still figuring it out - I think I am actually going to spend some time cutting and re-stitching the corners on the too-large ones to fit our mattress. The too-small ones... well one is doable but one is really beyond a joke - so maybe I'll find some brightly-coloured cotton and add a stripe on the bottom to lengthen it? Our bedding is all brightly-coloured and deliberately mismatched anyway, so it would work! We do surveys online and get vouchers we can use in Argos who often have very cheap brightly-coloured single-size sheets which would do for a lengthening patch!
    Originally posted by Laura_Elsewhere


    What about the following


    http://www.ageukincontinence.co.uk/bed-band-sheet-gripper-straps-black.html?utm_campaign=ShoppingFeed&utm_source=go ogle&utm_medium=merchantcenter&utm_content=Health% 20%3E%20Bedding%20%3E%20Care%20Home%20Bedding&gcli d=CNnU-fepgNACFQmeGwodxNoAdA
    • Sweetpea69
    • By Sweetpea69 29th Oct 16, 5:28 PM
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    Hi iamsalt. I bought sheet suspenders years ago, I think they were from the Betterware catalogue. They worked really well and kept the bottom sheet taut. Hopefully you can still get them.

    Love SP69 x
    Note to self: I'm a human being, not a human doing! 😊
    • homerdog
    • By homerdog 29th Oct 16, 7:29 PM
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    homerdog
    Made do with crackers and cheese with a cup a soup for tea tonight as hubby working til 1230 and son recovering from tummy bug so no one to please but myself.
    Have been cracking on with a cross stitch picture I've been doing for about 10 years, so that will minimise the junk spilling out from the corner all over the floor, also minimised the ironing pile by 10 shirts and several t shirts.
    Haven't mended anything today but I'm going to spend the rest of the evening knitting in an effort to finish cardigan for granddaughter, it has set in sleeves instead of raglan, I didn't realise at first and now just want it out of the way.
    Weather here had been dull and damp all day with intermittent drizzle, not a good drying day so have spread clothes over the maiden.
    I've actually got the fire on low tonight, first time since late spring and have fleecy gilet over my jumper, son upstairs so he's not bothered and OH at work.
    Hope everyone is keeping warm, think winter is round the corner now, clocks going back tonight and that always starts it off for me.
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