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    • misstara
    • By misstara 31st Dec 18, 10:14 PM
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    Make do, Mend and Minimise in 2019
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    • 31st Dec 18, 10:14 PM
    Make do, Mend and Minimise in 2019 31st Dec 18 at 10:14 PM
    New year so time for a new thread - welcome to the 2019 make do, mend and minimise thread

    For me, this year is going to be about minimising a lot of our stuff (after all how many books, DVDs, clothes, etc do two people really need and I've definitely got slight hoarding tendencies, there's heaps of stuff about the flat that is being kept just in case it might come in useful in the distant future), finally getting the flat looking how we want it on a very limited budget and moving towards a less wasteful lifestyle. I'd also like to get the sewing machine out again and actually learn out to use it properly. First I have to rescue it from the cupboard of doom

    Loved reading what everyone was up to in 2018 and hope to see you all again in this thread. Happy MMMing to all

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    • frizz2
    • By frizz2 28th Jan 19, 8:51 PM
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    My son and husband repaired a slipped tile on the side of the house.
    I am picking up a book I ordered from the library. It costs 70p to order a book. Cheaper than buying it on ebay or Amazo*. Also I have decided to set myself a challenge... to stop ordering items from Amazon or Ebay (except for birthdays presents for family!) for hobbies, for a year! This would force me to use up what I have!
    • RedHEAD
    • By RedHEAD 30th Jan 19, 9:24 AM
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    Working my way through the freezer - all the meals I have made and frozen 'just in case' :-)
    Been given a sewing machine that someone had in the loft for years - managed to un-seize it but looks like it will still need a professional service so that will have to wait til cash available, but if/when it works properly I have 2 pairs of jeans and 3 pairs of trousers that need repair so it will be worth it!
    BIG challenge this year is to get rid of all the stuff we brought from our other house and haven't touched in 4 years! Also reuse or recycle as much as possible with a view to moving later in the year....Watch this space :-)
    • 2Scratters
    • By 2Scratters 30th Jan 19, 12:02 PM
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    If any of the bags are leather how about dying them to give a new lease of life?
    Many different colours available just use shoe dye it telss you how to clean the leather prior to recolouring.
    Anything is better than nothing-check back and see
    • raphanius
    • By raphanius 30th Jan 19, 2:02 PM
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    Hi, I know the thread is well underway but can I still join?

    I've had a rough few months with my income going up and down fairly rapidly. I got emergency taxed on Xmas eve and had to make it through to the end of January on about £500 including bills My wages have now levelled out at a fairly low level we can actually live on! This forced me to really look at how much we've been spending on food, going out and treats, I pared back the budget to its minimum and made it through with money to spare. I want to continue into 2019 in the same spirit, spending as little as possible to build up some savings again.

    So I've stopped feeling sorry for myself that I live in a zero hours world without benefits, channelled Pinterest and my mother, done some boho chic repairs to my jeans and picked up a few much-needed items in charity shops. Oh, how I've fallen in love with charity shops again!

    I was feeling disappointed with my sofa instead but instead of trying to get the cash together for a new one I stripped off and washed all the covers and sent for some upholstery foam from eBay and restuffed all the cushions. I plan to use remaining foam (it was a huge bundle for £20) to recover my step stool, make a seat for the bathroom out of an old chest and eventually start work on a book nook I've been dreaming about for years!

    I totally rejigged my food budget with the help of an old eighties book by Shirley Goode my mum had given me decades ago and I'd chucked in a bookcase without even reading! Its called The Goode Kitchen. So now I divide my food shopping into four categories, meat & fish, dairy, fruit & veg and groceries. Each has a budget and I keep totals in each everytime I shop. The idea is not to borrow from one budget to prop up another but to aim for each being under budget at the end of the week. So if any category comes in under budget at the end of the week I put the change in a savings jar.

    Small acorns, I know but its a start at climbing back up. Thanks for listening : )
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    • Bigjenny
    • By Bigjenny 30th Jan 19, 2:26 PM
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    raphanius I have a copy of The Goode Kitchen, she also had another book called "Goode for One", which has some good advice and recipes.
    "When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us" Alexander Graham Bell
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 30th Jan 19, 5:56 PM
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    Raphanius - welcome to the thread! Good bunch on here who are very supportive and there's always someone (or two or three!) that can help with queries, suggestions and information. You've certainly made a good start so good luck with your future endeavours too.
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • MadamMim2013
    • By MadamMim2013 30th Jan 19, 9:21 PM
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    I was feeling disappointed with my sofa instead but instead of trying to get the cash together for a new one I stripped off and washed all the covers and sent for some upholstery foam from eBay and restuffed all the cushions. I plan to use remaining foam (it was a huge bundle for £20) to recover my step stool, make a seat for the bathroom out of an old chest and eventually start work on a book nook I've been dreaming about for years!
    : )
    Originally posted by raphanius
    Book nook... oooh I can only dream..
    Sounds like you are doing really well with the making and mending!
    "There's a little witch in all of us"
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    • miss empty piggy
    • By miss empty piggy 30th Jan 19, 10:46 PM
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    Tonight we scraped a meal together of pasta, mushrooms and leftover Xmas Brie which was lush. Got some old "dishwater soup" (work colleagues kindly named it) out of the freezer for lunch tomorrow, but there's just not enough to keep us going, so made a batch of pastry and made 3 small quiche cases. Then I realised we'd used all the mushrooms, so I cobbled together half a pepper, half a courgette, an onion and some cheese. Had a few eggs and a tin of evaporated milk and hey presto 2 quiches for lunch. Decided to experiment with the third and put garlic pur!e, passata and pesto and some cheese in the case. Then some super old SW meatballs (can't even remember buying them) the topped with more cheese then made a lattice with the leftover scraps of pastry and baked it. Saw something similar on FB. I'm so pleased as I feel that I made something from nothing, but really I'm pleased that I made something from something. In the past if it's not been completely obvious what the meal is I would have struggled and especially when the fridge looks bare. But sometimes it's about being creative. Xx
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    • villagelife
    • By villagelife 31st Jan 19, 7:06 AM
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    Been making do with food from free and using up contents of cupboard. Made a lovely dish with lamb and pearl barley.
    Trying to mend my back with physio exercises. Seems to be working. I can do more now than previously.
    Minimised some magazines. It's all I could concentrate on to read - short articles.
    • frizz2
    • By frizz2 1st Feb 19, 8:17 PM
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    I made soup using 2 cans of tomatoes, a can of chick peas, 2 onions, 1 red pepper, two stock cubes, 2 garlic cloves, 10 oz water, tomatoes puree in my soup maker. This lasts my husband and I two/ three days. I am trying to use up the contents of my freezer and cupboards. So I am going to make a menu for next week.
    I am making a quilt for a friend who is leaving her job, I am using up my resources but I don't need to spend any more money for this gift. I am also reading the books I have already.
    • ailz95
    • By ailz95 4th Feb 19, 4:30 PM
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    I'd like to join you please.

    5 years - nearly 6 where did the time go - DH and I moved in with his mother as she wasn't able to live alone any more - she was on her last legs it was thought - she's still with us at 97. She is the queen of make do and mend, she's got some antique plates and Meissen pottery and all of them are either home glued or sellotaped together. We bought a new teapot as the lid on the old one was in 20+ pieces and kept on coming apart - and she kept on gluing it.

    I'm disabled and DH is an OAP and now mine & his mother's carer. I make meals and freeze quite a few when I'm up to cooking for when I'm not. I've started buying bamboo toothbrushes with replaceable tops, and I use all the old ones for cleaning. I'm very much trying to make do and mend.
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 4th Feb 19, 7:07 PM
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    I cooked soup from a pumpkin that was given to me by my neighbour, and that I had cut up, grilled, mashed and frozen in portions a few months ago. Together with 1 ball of frozen spinach (it tasts weirdly sweet on its own, but in soup or sauce it's fine), and a sachet of chicken noodle soup flavouring (dd2 likes the noodles with normal instant chicken soup, so I keep the noodle soup flavouring sachets for myself). Delish!

    Working on emptying the freezer, and defrosting a small portions of gooseberries or redcurrants everyday, to have with breakfast. This is a make-do (homegrown and frozen instead of shop bought) that I really enjoy

    The mending pile is growing; I am gathering the courage to tackle it sometime this week.
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    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 4th Feb 19, 8:48 PM
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    Make Do & Minimise: Food from freezer & stores

    Mend: Tea-towel, 3 pairs of knickers, pair of socks
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 5th Feb 19, 5:54 PM
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    Make Do: Usual of meals from freezer & cupboards. Some, er,"interesting" combinations but nothing disastrous so far.

    Mend: Have sewn up 2/3 children's knitted jumpers - one to go - but need to get a wriggle on as they are for birthdays in 2 weeks' time.

    Kettle de-scaled, something I probably don't do often enough, so thanks to frizz2 for mentioning it!

    Minimise: Cut DH's hair this morning, quick buzz cut with the trimmers and he's happy. It's free and he doesn't have to wait in the barber's. (I think it's a man thing. )

    Still haven't made it to the cs with carrier bags of unwanteds and now I have 3 instead of 2. Hopefully they will be gone by the next post!
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!
    Mar: £0/£132 and 0/28 NSDs
    2019 to date: £57.81 under budget (2018: £172.45 under budget)

    • ailz95
    • By ailz95 7th Feb 19, 5:22 PM
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    Make do: MIL is still eating meals put together at Christmas. I had left over sausagemeat for lunch/dinner today. DH had a veggie curry I put away a couple of weeks ago.

    I have a 'recipe' for making wipes for worktops so I've been cutting up cloths to put in the solution and also some scraps for making colour catchers for the washer. I'm getting into making my own stuff - laundry liquid, dishwasher powder, cleaners - the efficiency of it all . Just hope they work
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    • iamsalt
    • By iamsalt 12th Feb 19, 12:48 PM
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    Very pleased to discover that the extra heel caps provided when i have bought high heels in the past can be fitted by me! Very pleased to have been able to repair. Well loved pair of work shoes.

    A bit of brute force from OH, some online videos and £16 and the time and cost a trip to town saved this time, just from being brave !
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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 12th Feb 19, 1:49 PM
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    Remainder of thge Pork joint for dinner tonight and a slice of YS cherry pie with custard - Yum.
    Shetland and the Sewing Bee - perfick!!!
    Making a list of jobs to be done - three columns. One for the house, one for the garden and one for my boat. Not all need doing or can even be done straightaway, its more of a heads up so things dont get overlooked
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • RainbowHippie
    • By RainbowHippie 13th Feb 19, 5:01 PM
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    Welcome Raphanius and well done with the sofa (and budget!) mending! It's amazing what you can accomplish with some creativity and determination
    MMMing has been a bit on the back burner here for a while, we had a hectic last few weeks 'oop north', listing our home for sale and packing for the first trip of our planned year-or-so of travelling the UK. Managed to eat up most fresh foods and pass on the rest to my parents before we left so nothing was wasted. We have now sort-of started our travels - house/dog-sitting in Devon for a couple of months and enjoying the change. We'll return to our home in March, possibly just to regroup for a few weeks or possibly to start packing up if there's any promise of a sale.
    I'm hoping to get a bit of MMM-ing in while we're away - though probably not much minimising! It is interesting though to observe what i'm actually using of the clothes etc i've brought with me, and will help me make better choices when packing for our future longer trips.

    Mend - I've got a bag of mending, knitting and crochet that i brought to do in the evenings, although not had much chance yet. Also noticed several socks that i packed without realising they have holes in, so I'll borrow a rounded glass to use as a darning-mushroom at some point. Maybe that counts as making-do too I've also done a good sort-out of half of the pantry where we're staying - it's a huge house but very 'full' of the owners' stuff so we are struggling a bit with where our stuff can live while we're here! It's not so bad in the bedrooms as there's floor space, but in the pantry i was finding it hard to stay separate from their stores. However i've now rearranged enough that we have half a shelf, some floor space and the vegetable rack which will have to do!

    Making do - We've been left various fresh fruit and veg by the people we're house-sitting for so have been using that up before buying new. I'm also trying to make do with walking to the supermarket (nearest is just over 20 mins each way) and use the car as little as possible. At home our nearest is almost an hour's walk so this feels much more doable!

    OH and i are still settling into our new routine here with work, a large house to look after and a little dog to care for, and trying to make our priorities cooking healthy food from scratch every day and spending time out of the house together as a couple. We've not got the balance right just yet (we always end up trying to do too much in a day and eating dinner about 10pm!) but we're working on it!
    Happy MMMing all xxx
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 15th Feb 19, 5:45 PM
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    On the minimise front I had my hair cut yesterday (much needed) and feel much better for it.

    Beautiful spring-like day today so I gave myself a good talking to and finally took the 3 carrier bags of unwanteds to the cs. I had a quick look round while I was there but didn't feel tempted by anything. I enjoyed the walk and it was lovely to see spring flowers either in bloom or getting ready to open.

    Then I walked back home via the Co-op, got a few bits and bobs, and noticed that the PO in there has a collection point for used batteries. Good news, as the only other one near me is much further away in Sainsbugs.

    Have shredded quite a lot of old paperwork - pity our Council doesn't want it in the recycling bin. Apparently it clogs up the machinery so it has to go in general waste.

    Making do as much as possible foodwise, with lots of freezer odds and ends used up this last week and plenty more to follow over the next few days.

    Nothing as such on the mend side of things - but I'll admit I'm probably not looking hard enough!
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!
    Mar: £0/£132 and 0/28 NSDs
    2019 to date: £57.81 under budget (2018: £172.45 under budget)

    • MadamMim2013
    • By MadamMim2013 15th Feb 19, 8:13 PM
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    Have shredded quite a lot of old paperwork - pity our Council doesn't want it in the recycling bin. Apparently it clogs up the machinery so it has to go in general waste.
    Originally posted by YorksLass
    A friend of mine gives it to a friend of hers to use for her pets (apologies, I can’t remember what particular pets) as bedding which when soiled goes on the compost..
    "There's a little witch in all of us"
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