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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

    Pineapple cake
    Naan bread
    Chickpea curry
    Crustless quiche
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    Meri's Seafood Cakes
    Corned beef hash pie
    Peanut butter cookies
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    New flat debt Jan 2017 £2302.75 Now £1525.60 (33.7% paid)
    Mini Targets
    Exercise target - Run 3/8, Gym 1/4. Groceries target £101.46/£150. NSD target 7/18.
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    • Lynplatinum
    • By Lynplatinum 18th Oct 16, 10:49 PM
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    Away at mo but having a great time
    Hiya All!

    Am up country for Beer Festival and staying with a dear friend and having a lovely time! So not much MM&M going on - except I have minimal wardrobe for the week - all fitting into one bag!

    iamsalt - I definitely need to get back to shredding when I get home!! So many files

    Jackie O - going great guns on the savings and C time savings - really need to get my act together re being organised for that time of year!! (Tho do have a few pressys!)

    Well, anger gone as tenant got sorted due to the face I could prove with invoices; dates of meetings with tradesmen; dates of phone calls etc that I had been a good landlord so nerrr!!
    Will get back to frugaling when I get home! (also trying not to spend too much while here and keep within a set budget!)
    Nite all
    Aim for Sept 17: 20/30 days to be NSDs NSDs July 23/31 (aim 22)
    NSDs 2015:185/330 (allowing for hols etc)
    LBM: started Jan 2012 - still learning!
    Life gives us only lessons and gifts - learn the lesson and it becomes a gift.' from the Bohdavista
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 19th Oct 16, 8:46 AM
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    Morning mmmers Sorry Been busy.
    Hope everyone is well. You all sound really busy as well.
    It's half term here this week so trying to fit loads in.
    Did all mils diy, mended her porch panelling and leaky roof, cleaned out guttering and painted her back fence with wood stain.
    Did a tip run and minimised a load of junk including a couple of mattresses
    Got up to date on the shredding and put it out for recycling.
    Moved ds1s room round swapped his bed over. Hoping to give the bed he had to a work friend once she's back off her hols, it was a bunk with a futon settee underneath and much too big for his room, it blocked all the light as the top bunk cut right across the window. His room looks so much better now.
    Had new landing and staircarpet fitted yesterday, so plan another tip run with the old stuff plus mils leaky waterbutt

    Made mushroom soup for lunch yesterday and a hm veggie lasagne for tea.

    Did some birthday and Christmas wrapping as well yesterday so that's allstuff that can be given away when I get the chance.
    Sorted a bag of paperbacks I've read out for my mum, she can have those as soon as I get the chance,
    Last edited by mrs-moneypenny; 19-10-2016 at 8:49 AM.
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    • misstara
    • By misstara 23rd Oct 16, 7:21 AM
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    Morning MMMers
    Seems like ages since I posted as I've generally not been doing much to report. I have been doing a lot of painting at the new flat so been busy with that. My parents have donated some crockery and cutlery for the new flat and also said that they would put some money towards getting a washing machine which is lovely of them

    I'm working today so better finish my coffee and get organised. Lunch is prepared and I've taken out chicken breasts for tea. Leeks will feature somewhere in the meal as there seems to be rather a lot in the fridge.
    Debt at LBM Jan 2014 £10458.09 Now £0
    New flat debt Jan 2017 £2302.75 Now £1525.60 (33.7% paid)
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 23rd Oct 16, 10:47 AM
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    Morning all, have been cracking on with knitted squares for my charity blankets and am slowly reducing my wool stash.

    Still trying to get through the stuff in the freezer.I am hoping to get it down before Christmas so I can defrost it ready for the 'bargains' in January I swear the stuff multiplies in there

    Not buying any more food stuff until next month though as I have more than enough bits in the cupboard and my 'big' shop last week topped up all my fruit and veg So will be making do with everything at the moment

    No mending that I can find as I have been doing bits as I ironed them Last week I had to replace some 'poppers' that had disintegrated in the washing machine off my duvet covers

    Sun is shining at the moment so after doing my veg prep for the week I may have a walk around the country park after listening to The Archers on my Tivo box I record Sundays omnibus, I know how to live it up don't I
    Have a good day chums what ever you are doing

    JackieO xx
    Quot Libra,Quam Breve Tempus.
    • chickadee
    • By chickadee 23rd Oct 16, 6:30 PM
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    Hello, I just thought I'd pop in to say hi. Although I hardly ever post, I read this thread regularly. Its lovely to hear about you all doing your bit. I've done some minimising today, well sort of. Hubby got a gift card from his work in recognition of a work anniversary so we bought a new TV. He loves his sport so we put a bit of money towards it and got a lovely big super-duper TV. Our old one worked but it has a shadow at the top of the screen in the corner which annoys him when football is on. Anyway, apart from that there was nothing wrong with it. I really didn't want to throw it away, so I took it round to DS who is about 40 miles away at uni. He is delighted with it. We set it up, great picture, sorted. I came back with his much smaller TV, which I'm putting in step-DS's room here. I'm not being mean, he's hardly here and seldom watches TV in his room. The very small TV that was there will be donated to local charity. Quite the TV merry-go-round. Don't feel bad about donating the smallest TV. It may suit a caravanner.

    Also been weeding in the front garden if that counts as minimising. DH is in the back garden sorting out the last of the tomato and chilli plants. He is sharing the chillies out at work as I'm not fond of them and we have had a bumper harvest this year.

    Going to minimise a few things on ebay too. Had some good sales recently so some welcome funds coming back into the bank.

    Not much making do or mending going on but I'm with you in spirit!
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 24th Oct 16, 12:06 PM
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    chickadee what a great idea to go on a TV merry-go-round . a few years ago we did this with a car which went around about four different family members until it eventually went to the scrap yard . I do my best to find a home for things that I am recycling.My books that I get from my sis-in-law in Faversham have already come from her sister in Essex then from me they go to my friend in Dartford, and from there to her other friend in Hertfordshire, who in turn passes them on to another housebound lady in Nottingham .So they visit Essex,Kent (three different folk)Hertfordrshire and end up in Nottingham in the space of 6 months No doubt they go further after that but nothing is binned.
    My DD's say I could recycle for England at times as I just hate to see anything wasted at all.
    Quot Libra,Quam Breve Tempus.
    • PinkFlamingo30
    • By PinkFlamingo30 24th Oct 16, 2:38 PM
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    Hi folks,
    Managed to make it to half term!
    Day one has been spent sleeping and being a cat prop.
    Ma is going through all the old photos. Is it bad that I seem to have no inclination to keep them? Not looked at them pretty much since we took them. Even the ones from school trips.
    Keep pets and cakes because they are good, but just not feeling the others.
    On the other mmm front, will see how the hols go.
    Mad teaching cat woman trying to be more frugal and fun
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 24th Oct 16, 2:42 PM
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    Minimised 20 DVDs by taking them to work today and leaving them in the staff room with a note saying to help yourselves and that any left on Friday will go to the CS. Dh took three to work and ones in a bag for my mum when I next go over hers.
    Some mags went out for recycling, a bag full of cushions came down from the attic ready for the next visit to the CS. Finished a book that will go over mums. Saw my sister at the weekend and she took a bag of family birthday presents and some books with her for my mum.
    Gave a metal bunk bed/sofa bed to a friend at the weekend after a game of bed Tetris resulted in a spare.

    Dh made do with some left over lasagne for his lunch and I had toast as I've still got a bit of a cold so no appetite

    Got a couple of things on the mending pile so will do this this afternoon.

    I hope everyone is as well as they can be.
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    read your books challenge-currently on the Kings curse
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    • FrugalinShropshire
    • By FrugalinShropshire 24th Oct 16, 2:58 PM
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Libra,Quam Breve Tempus.
    • homerdog
    • By homerdog 27th Oct 16, 6:54 PM
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    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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    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.
    Who said it was easy. [Coldplay]
    • 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

    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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    It seems ages since I have posted so today's the day....

    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

    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


    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
    Don't get it perfect - Get it going
    Better Than Before
    • Prinzessilein
    • By Prinzessilein 28th Oct 16, 5:55 PM
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    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 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) 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 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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    Make Do
    I have discovered a recipe for Chinese Chicken and Mushroom which my OH rates as better than the local takeaway

    Recipe please?
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