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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

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    Chickpea curry
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    Onion bhajis
    Meri's Seafood Cakes
    Corned beef hash pie
    Peanut butter cookies
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    • kkffoo
    • By kkffoo 12th Oct 16, 10:46 AM
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    Make Do:

    I cut the tops off some pairs of socks with too tight elastic, and ran a couple of machine zig-zag stitches round the tops to stop the worst of the fraying. Wearing these up under trousers.
    Threaded some elastic through a nice warm bobble hat which was a little loose in the brim.

    Mend:

    Practising my darning and hole mending techniques. Decided I actually like hand-sewing when I have the time and inclination, and am enjoying the satisfaction and challenge of recycling. My first attempts a few months ago (hubby's jumper elbows) were somewhat hopeless, but I am improving.
    One of a cheapy knicker pack had what looked like a packing / machine cut in one side and I stabilised the slash with a jersey patch behind the cut. This will be a good trial for technique should something more expensive, or visible need attention.


    Minimise:

    After finding links to project 333 on this forum I tackled my winter wardrobe, and found the tips very handy.

    I have been using "Wendy Mak's 1000 outfits from 30 pieces" which was great for making a start and tackling the anxiety of letting go. I'm finding project 333's rules are easier to remember and implement for my style!

    Decided to move several items into the 'lounge wear' category, and I'm now wearing up lesser worn best items for housework.
    Minimising my earrings into to the two items I have remaining from the 33 might be beyond me though!
    • Lynplatinum
    • By Lynplatinum 13th Oct 16, 11:44 PM
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    Oooh dont mention earrings to me!! Gave away/ took to charity shops about 20 pairs before I moved (none valuable so not worth trying to sell!) I darent go and count what I have left - think I would hang my head so low in shame it would hit the floor!!

    I do love me decorations - me mum used to say that I had more than a Christmas tree!! he he he

    Cant claim any making do - food from stores and laptop + blanket keeping me warm so as not to waste friend's electricity
    Can't claim any mending - as Im not at home!
    Cant claim much minimising - a rather stressful situation has arisen with my tenant to the point where its getting all legalised! Hate it! I like to et on with folks - not be confrontational. Ergo been eating what shouldnt :-( Any tips on minimising anger folks?)
    Nite all - back to frugaling week after next - all this living like ordinary folk gives me the jitters!!
    Aim for Sept 17: 20/30 days to be NSDs NSDs July 23/31 (aim 22)
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    • iamsalt
    • By iamsalt 14th Oct 16, 7:43 AM
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    Oh dear Lyn, all I can recommend for anger is long dog walks and a cleaning frenzy. They soon use up all my bad vibes although I don't forget. I may be making my first foray into renting out a flat I inherited, but I have been nervous about doing it, so I hope you resolve things soon.

    Unexpected (well only agreed late yesterday) day off work today so just off to feed a friend's cat, then tidy the house and pop to the butcher to stock up for a couple of months. We make it a fun trip out as there is a cafe and orchards there to sit in/walk round.

    Will be MMMing later!
    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 14th Oct 16, 9:19 AM
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    Good Morning chums had a great day yesterday with a mini-meet in Faversham.Macknades Farm shop is gorgeous, and the afternoon was spent nattering our way through coffee. Had a mooch round before I came home and treated myself to a few bits from my Happy Cash Stash.Some gorgeous cheese, and a jar red onion chutney, spices and some really lovely grapes. Lovely afternoon with two very nice ladies from this site Thank you Carolbee and NRA (Bev) you were great fun and I was lucky that my son-in-law came home early from work, so I didn't have to rush off too quickly for my DGS.

    Today I shall be minimising some more of my freezer instead of food shopping I know I have some casserole lamb in there so I want to get that out and defrost and make a large SC pot of stew.I also have a bag of Y/S veg in there to use up as well. This will be cooked overnight tonight into a hot-pot which will be portioned up for ready meals for next week as I have some busy days coming up. So in effect I will be both minimising and making do
    No mending at the moment but some more knitting to do with some squares for my charity blankets.
    This should keep me busy and away from the temptations of food shopping over the weekend so minimising my spending as well Tomorrow I will make some melting moments biscuits for DGS as they were asking for some earlier in the week. I have put granulated sugar down on my food shopping list, as I want to get some in and whizz it up in the food mixer to make caster sugar for Christmas baking.No point spending extra on caster sugar when I can make it myself
    Hope you all have a good weekend, only 10 weeks this Sunday until Christmas !!!

    Cheers chums

    JackieO xx
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
    • iamsalt
    • By iamsalt 15th Oct 16, 7:30 AM
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    How funny JackieO, I was there yesterday, having popped into Brogdale too! I like to pop in every one to two months ( stops me buying more by going infrequently!), and the caf!s at both are nice and very different

    Yesterday afternoon was spent sorting through papers which have piled up so folders have been juggled and brought into use, and a big pile of shredding has been created for oh to do. It felt good to minimise it.

    Made do with leftover hm curry last night, having dropped a portion up to mum (our own version of meals on wheels ) so I know she is eating properly. I eked our our share with extra veg and it was lovely. Made a bolognase to be portioned for future meals using packs of read chopped veg previously bought for 5p and frozen!

    Mend - not my triumph, but oh's. I had dropped my rechargeable radio outside and it hadn't been working unless plugged into the mains all the time. OH set at it with a screwdriver and 20 mins later it was working again. What joy to have it back working and able to take it down the garden when I am working there. He fixed his computer last week which saved loads of money. He is very clumsy usually but electronic things he seems to have an affinity with!
    Library books due today, so that is being combined with getting tickets for a local event, then, back to tidying up and a wine and wisdom tonight so I will make some hm nibbles for that.
    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
    • carolbee
    • By carolbee 15th Oct 16, 8:46 AM
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    Didn't realise you were close to us Iamsalt, shall we let you know when we meet again, perhaps you could PM me your location?
    Carolbee
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 15th Oct 16, 8:53 AM
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    carolebee looks like we may have another taker for our mini-meet Good Idea about another one before Christmas as I can stock up on some Christmas goodies to spoil the family with
    The caramelised red chutney is gorgeous by the way, also the roquefort cheese ,I have saved some for my Saturday night treat tonight
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
    • iamsalt
    • By iamsalt 16th Oct 16, 9:47 PM
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    Had a lovely free day out picking grapes for a localish small vineyard. A happy day outside meeting new people. The owner provided breakfast, lunch and cake, and we took home a bottle of wine and a sense of achievement.

    Busy week ahead but I have prepared some meals already, so I hope to minimise the freezer a bit, as well as making sure we are eating well.

    Mending - I have a much loved pair of trousers that are too threadbare to wear in public, but I had started unpicking the seams so I could create a pattern. I never finished that job, so I WILL do that this week. It's a small but achievable goal.

    We made do with leftovers from the wine and wisdom last night for supper this evening as we were too tired to cook.

    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
    • Floss
    • By Floss 17th Oct 16, 8:09 AM
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    I've been keeping busy over the last few days... I picked up a too-small fair isle jumper in a charity shop last week for £4. While watching the tennis yesterday I unpicked the seams to make cushions for Christmas presents. I also sewed some velvet ribbon onto the scratchy inner neckline of a new cardi, and secured an escaping bra-wire.

    We had chicken pie made with Thursdays l/o roast chicken and home grown veg, it made double portion of filling for a 2-meal pie for both of us so there's a pie kit in the freezer.

    I made a big pan of soup with Lidl's 29p parsnips on Saturday which did two days lunches, with 2 more in the freezer.

    Oh, and I fully minimised the ironing pile whilst watching rugby on Saturday, and minimising the hours of recorded TV yesterday!
    Last edited by Floss; 17-10-2016 at 8:14 AM.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 17th Oct 16, 1:45 PM
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    Made another three squares for my charity blanket
    Made do with a couple of crackers a bit of cheese and two apples for lunch

    No mending as such but I did find a couple of brackets and some screws for a shelf that was in the cupboard under the stairs as DGS Mikey wants a shelf putting up in his bedroom. Screws found in a jam-jar at the back of said below stairs cupboard. So there is the materials for his shelf and its cost nothing. I forgot I had so much stuff in there
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
    • savingpennies
    • By savingpennies 18th Oct 16, 4:34 PM
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    Cold, wet and windy in my neck of the woods today. Driving back from my aqua-aerobics class, I noticed how all the trees near me seem to have suddenly turned yellow and the wind was blowing clouds of leaves across the road. Yes, the colder weather is certainly here and I have to admit it is one of my favourite times of year. There is something rather satisfying about hunkering down and making everything cosy.

    Making do: I ferretted out all the hot water bottles yesterday and found the fluffy under-blankets for DDs' beds. I also charged all the rechargeable batteries for the torches/mouse/radio.
    On Sunday I went collecting crab apples with one of my brothers and we came back with two carrier bags full - I'm not even sure we like crab apple jelly but will give it a try. He also gave me some chillis and I have used them to make chilli oil. One or two bottles might make good Christmas presents for a couple of friends.
    Minimising: Tonight home made soup from the freezer with some nice organic bread from Booths - an occasional treat. I've used some left over chicken and made it into a pie with some mushrooms, so that is tomorrow's tea sorted.
    Have a nice evening everyone.
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    • Floss
    • By Floss 18th Oct 16, 6:58 PM
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    ...Tonight home made soup from the freezer with some nice organic bread from Booths - an occasional treat...
    Originally posted by savingpennies
    Ooh, you must be somewhere near me for the treat of Booths! Also, chop a few chillies into half of your crab apple jelly to make chilli jelly
    • 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
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    NSDs 2015:185/330 (allowing for hols etc)
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    • 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,
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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.
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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
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    • 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 Libros,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.
    Last edited by mrs-moneypenny; 24-10-2016 at 2:45 PM.
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