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    • misstara
    • By misstara 1st Jan 18, 5:13 PM
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    Make do, Mend and Minimise in 2018
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    • 1st Jan 18, 5:13 PM
    Make do, Mend and Minimise in 2018 1st Jan 18 at 5:13 PM
    Happy New Year and welcome to the 2018 Make do, Mend and Minimise thread

    I love reading everyone's frugal tales and inventive ways of making do and can't wait to see what 2018 brings.
    Debt at LBM Jan 2014 £10458.09 Now £0
    New flat debt Jan 2017 £2302.75 Now £810.49 (64.8% paid)
    Car debt Nov 2017 £797.68 Now £542.46 (32% paid) + monthly payments £146.82 5/60
    Emergency fund - £36/£1000. Car fund - £0/£1000.
    Mini Targets in May
    Exercise target - 9/16. Groceries target £163.24/£200. NSD target 11/19.
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    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 27th Mar 18, 1:15 AM
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    I am very impressed Siebrie

    Maybe now your DH has had to do the cleaning, he will reinstate the cleaning service. I love it that you stuck to your decision Not to clean

    Make do - fishfingers & bread from the freezer.

    Mend - batteries into a mini radio

    Minimise - dirt off the window frames & glass in the living room, paperwork recycled & personal paperwork shredded, dining room table & four wooden chairs collected by cs.

    Keep up the good work everyone.

    MrsSD
    • Lilith1980
    • By Lilith1980 27th Mar 18, 12:22 PM
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    Lilith1980,

    Could you sit on the bench or brush past the shed without getting your clothes stained/dirty? If not then the clean up etc counts as a mend imho you could also class it as a minimise - of moss & dirt
    Originally posted by Mrs Salad Dodger
    I'll take that ha ha!
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    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 27th Mar 18, 12:53 PM
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    I am very impressed Siebrie

    Maybe now your DH has had to do the cleaning, he will reinstate the cleaning service. I love it that you stuck to your decision Not to clean
    MrsSD
    Originally posted by Mrs Salad Dodger

    It is not my first battle When we just met, he did not like my dishwasher. It was a small microwave-sized one that sat on the sideboard; it was a bit fiddly to load, it had to be just-so, otherwise it would not clean properly; but if you did it correctly, it worked a treat. He did not have the patience to load it just-so, so wanted to get rid of it. I told him I was fine with that, but that I had bought it for a reason, and that I was not suddenly going to do the dishes again. We sold it, and he did the dishes by himself for 3 year; we now have a dishwasher again
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 508,05 = £ 443.74
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7116,68= £ 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31= £ 2,969.05
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 27th Mar 18, 7:05 PM
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    Good for you, Siebrie! You clearly understand the principles of DH management.

    Minimise:
    • Batteries - one in DH's nasal hair trimmer, two in the TV remote and two in the bedroom clock. I think the Battery Gremlin has taken up residence here. Spent batteries waiting to go to recycling bin at sm.
    • 6 Glass jars - one didn't even have a lid. Lids in recycling, jars waiting to go to bottle bank.
    • Wool from stash - next winter's jumpers for DGSs.
    • Ironing basket - empty (for now )

    Make do:
    • Using existing food stocks, as all this week's meals are coming from the freezer, fridge and cupboards.

    Mend:
    • A fitted mattress cover - the elastic around the edges was escaping from the casing. Have had this for ??? years, it doesn't owe me anything, but there's still a lot of life in it so worth the sewing.
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!
    May £130.30/£175.00 NSDs144/35 (Jan-Apr £66.88 under budget)

    • MMF007
    • By MMF007 29th Mar 18, 2:45 AM
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    Hope you don't mind me suggesting that anyone re-using egg boxes may like to decontaminate them by microwaving them for 40/50 seconds. It's a tip I got from my mum. Eggs are packed 'dirty' and putting ready to eat items in them could be hazardous, even though the food itself is well wrapped. *tootles off back to Garden Fence thread*
    I have changed my work-life balance to a life-work balance.
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 29th Mar 18, 8:43 AM
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    Morning All

    Make do - dinner from cupboard/freezer stocks
    Mend - DiL's curtains
    Minimise - DiL's curtains when she collected them!
    Have just cut out the canvas for my new sail cover. It's not the easiest to sew so I'm girding my loins for the battle lol!
    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
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 29th Mar 18, 9:09 AM
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    Hi all.

    DS has minimised his sock drawer so I now have a pile of socks for the CS rag bag, I also minimised a bath mat, it is a lovely mat but it slips about, that has been donated too as it is like new.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 29th Mar 18, 11:40 PM
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    Make do - still using food from freezer & larder

    Mend - nothing

    Minimise - Bag of stuff to cs

    MrsSD
    • RainbowHippie
    • By RainbowHippie 30th Mar 18, 4:10 PM
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    Topher - i love your idea of giving your grandchildren a decorated egg box each with a little Easter 'selection' of things - what a lovely idea! And so much more personal and interesting than a 'normal' easter egg. I would have loved anything like that as a gift as a child (still would!) and your DIL is lucky to have in-laws who value time and effort over money. I'm lucky in that we only have one child to do easter stuff for (OH's niece) but have tried to keep it as economical (and low-chocolate) as possible by getting a large bag of small chocolate eggs from Lidl, some of which will go in a little crocheted 'handbag' i made a while ago for said niece, and some will come with us at the weekend to share with friends we are staying with. Two in one!

    Make do - with very little spare time because of a very hectic work schedule the last couple of weeks, so meals have been mainly roasted veg (made two massive batches in the last 10 days) warmed up a serving at a time and shoved on a wrap with salad, hummus, avocado, mixed seed sprinkle etc. It's one of my favourite things to eat and once the roast veg are done it takes very little time to put together each subsequent meal. OH has also helped out and has made a few meals, plus has been happy doing his own food if he doesn't fancy roast veg yet again lol. So i've not had to worry too much about cooking for him which has taken the pressure off.

    Mend - couple of clothing items ready to go on eb*y next week when hopefully i will have a little more time for photographing and listing.

    Minimise - the single bed that was taking up all the space in my sewing/craft/stuff room has now been sold, yay! Not had much chance to do more sorting and organising in there but there is more space for when i do.

    Have a great bank holiday weekend everyone
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 31st Mar 18, 9:57 AM
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    Make do + minimise: (warning: TMI) my Mum (82) has finally decided she deserves proper incontinency pads, instead of making do with panty liners, and has donated the pantyliners to me. She also had a stash for any guests who were caught out, but most of their guests are beyond that age now, so she donated that stash to me, too. Thirdly, my Aunt moved from a 3-floor 5-bed house to a 1-bed apartment, and she had a similar stash! Which also got donated to me!

    I prefer using tampons, but am now working my way through the stash, wearing panty liners / sanitary pads at home and tampons when out and about.
    Wombling to wealth 2018 € 508,05 = £ 443.74
    Still a womble 2017 #25 € 7116,68= £ 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 € 3.483,31= £ 2,969.05
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 1st Apr 18, 12:51 AM
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    Re Saturday :-

    Make do - Food from freezer & fridge

    Mend - 4 wooden trophies cleaned then had their identifying badges stuck back on - put in cs bag

    Minimised - lots of dirt off wall unit & 2 cs bags full & ready to be delivered to cs on Tuesday.

    Good night all, sleep well

    MrsSD
    • misstara
    • By misstara 1st Apr 18, 10:15 AM
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    Morning all

    Siebrie great make do and minimising

    I'm currently out for a walk which will help minimise me and also help mend, I've felt quite low recently so hoping a walk in the sunshine does me some good. I've signed myself up for a 26 mile charity walk in June so it's also training for that.

    Got some ys lemons at the supermarket on Friday so made lemon curd. Absolutely love hm lemon curd but generally don't make it unless I can get cheap lemons. Once I get home, I'm going to make scones to use up some out of date yoghurt.

    Hope you're all having a good weekend and have some sunshine where you are
    Debt at LBM Jan 2014 £10458.09 Now £0
    New flat debt Jan 2017 £2302.75 Now £810.49 (64.8% paid)
    Car debt Nov 2017 £797.68 Now £542.46 (32% paid) + monthly payments £146.82 5/60
    Emergency fund - £36/£1000. Car fund - £0/£1000.
    Mini Targets in May
    Exercise target - 9/16. Groceries target £163.24/£200. NSD target 11/19.
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 3rd Apr 18, 5:31 AM
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    Monday

    Make do - Food from freezer

    Mend - holes in socks, DH undies, fleece & tshirt

    Minimise - apple & berry crumble yum yum & laundry basket of clothes dealt with & minimised back into wardrobe & drawers

    MrsSD
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 3rd Apr 18, 8:51 AM
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    Had another big declutter yesterday due to having to stay in all day because of the snow. My car boot is completely full of donations and is pretty much all clothes of mine. I have listed some on ebay and some are for rag but I have got rid of about 150 items of clothing, bags, belts, winter accessories and shoes.

    When (if ever) I bring out my summer clothes I will be getting rid of anything that doesn't fit properly or that I have several similar of.
    Total Debt 01/14 £13043.00, now £0 debt free date Dec 2016, actually July 2016.
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 3rd Apr 18, 9:58 AM
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    Have decided to have a big baking session tomorrow as the weather forecast is pants and I need to minimise my freezer stock of fruit. A few apple pies, apple and blackberry crumbles, a bread pudding to use up the saved crusts etc should clear a bit. Its also been partly triggered by DH who does love a slice of something nice with a cuppa and I'm sure home made will be a bit healthier than stuff with all the various chemicals in it.
    Got a bag of stuff going to the CS - just odds and sods
    Can't think of any mends at the moment though.
    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
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 3rd Apr 18, 12:55 PM
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    Hello chums, well I have been quite busy lately so back to MMMing again Topher you are in no way being mean I give freely to my DGC my time ,energy and love as they grow up so quickly , what you are giving them are memories they will have to tell their grandchildren when you are long gone .

    I have taught all of my grandchildren to read ,write, tell the time, tie their shoelaces, play draughts,chess, poker and almost any card game I knew .

    They can cook enough to feed themselves and know how to use a washing machine and hoover (boys as well as girls ) I have looked after all of them over the past 15 years or so and know their likes and dislikes .I have been very lucky to have beeninvolved in their lives so closely as I was carer for a good few of the seven of them at different times .Now the youngest is 13 and I am still around in his life.

    In fact I am sitting in their sitting room drinking a cuppa he just made me
    Both his parents are at work and his two older brothers are upstairs. The all know the value of a pound and know how to save for what they want .

    By looking after the cash and making sure I get best value for money means I have four week holiday this year One next week with the family and a week in June with my oldest friend and then a fortnight in August again with my family. All of which has been carefully budgetted and saved for. MMM has been with me for most of my life and is second nature to me, but giving time to your children and grandchildren is worth much more than hard cash. I now have a new Gt Grandchild who was born a week ago, and I look forward to being able to give her my time and love as well.its never wasted and is saved well by the recipient

    So far this week I have
    Mended: a saucepan lid (the wooden knob fell off and I replaced it with a slightly bigger screw )

    Made Do: shopping from the freezer mostly as I am trying to run my fridge down before I go away for a weeks holiday next week.

    Minimising: both my freezer stuff and my wool stash as I have been making some memory bells for the Making Miracles charity.These are small bells to hang on your Christmas tree to remember the baby you may have carried but lost I make them in Blue, Pink, and Red and folk can embroider and initial on them afterwards ,very easy to make, takes about an hour for each one, and they will be on our maket stalls in the hospitals and fetes. also fineshed off another baby blanket for the charity as well.

    Just about to make my DGS some lunch as I can hear tummy's rumbling already

    Have a good day chums

    JackieO xxx
    Last edited by JackieO; 05-04-2018 at 9:09 AM.
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus. 2018
    Running total for four months food only shopping =£126.24.Freezer stuff slowly going down at last May totals £31.11 freezer and tinned cupboards are going down nicely
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 10th Apr 18, 12:34 AM
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    Since the 2nd of April

    Make do - using up food stocks from fridge, freezer, larder & store cupboard

    Mend - ornament for cs - DH’s contribution

    Minimise - two large bags of donations to cs

    Next post will be from France & will be to do with my DSis’s home

    Keep up the good work everyone.

    MrsSD
    • celtic_moon
    • By celtic_moon 11th Apr 18, 12:48 PM
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    Still here....
    Hello All!

    Been reading along as usual - you have all been keeping me sane as 2018 has been a more than a little harsh for us so far

    MiL died end of February, FiL (82) doesn't know which end is up and DH is an only child...... Guess who has ended up with the 'to-do' list..... Still, it has mostly been done although the number of relatives who decided they had a right of input.....

    So grateful for my MMMing ways - we have managed to continue eating well by defrosting things from the freezer. Managed to convince FiL to gift all unwanted things to charity shop - they came and collected 10 bin bags - 3 of them contained completely brand new stuff! That's besides the stuff we have taken.....

    I took full advantage of the Easter veg wars in the supermarkets and did 3 large roasting tins of veg which were portioned up to replace the stocks we used. Our local A!di has started doing the 50% off tape so I managed to get 8 packets of different sausages in this (they are GF) plus a large free range chicken and a few other bits. The chicken was cooked and portioned and the freezers are full again.

    I have discovered that M&S do a FANTASTIC range of wheat free/gluten free breads etc so I have been taking advantage of some offers and their yellow stickers to get some stocks built up. I am so happy I have more than 1 freezer!

    I have joined a bargain group on fb so I have managed to get a couple of things we have needed a lot cheaper than normal - tefal 5 peice pan set as ours were sooooo goosed for £30 - so the bank balance is not strained - unlike me!

    Need to do some sorting out of my clothes. I have successfully minimised me a little (2 dress sizes!), plus I have several work wardrobes (different types of jobs) plus the usual smart and casual The poles will snap if I don't do it soon......

    Keep on MMMing
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 12th Apr 18, 7:48 AM
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    Morning all hope everyone is well.
    I've been working on my fabric stash this year so far I've made 50 beads of courage bags for the local hospital children's oncology Ward, hoping to get all the drawstrings finished by the weekend so I can take them down. I'm also crocheting blankets for the homeless with wool I haven't got other projects for by using two DK balls at the same time you get a lovely warm blanket I'm making them about single bed size so they use a lot of yarn. I've just started my second of mending pileis up to date and I'm finding now I'm working full time batch cooking is really helping reduce waste
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    • misstara
    • By misstara 15th Apr 18, 9:52 PM
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    Hello MMMers

    Spent this afternoon minimising the old wooden fence and putting up a new metal one, the garden looks so much better . Will need to make a trip to the tip at some point to get rid of the wood. I also turned over the earth ready for planting which I plan to do at some point this week. I've got onions and potatoes to plant plus my neighbor gave me some gladioli bulbs.

    Minimised some past it veg into a yummy stir-fry for tea, heaps left over so that will be tomorrow night's tea as well.

    Hope you've all had a good weekend and had some sunshine where you are
    Debt at LBM Jan 2014 £10458.09 Now £0
    New flat debt Jan 2017 £2302.75 Now £810.49 (64.8% paid)
    Car debt Nov 2017 £797.68 Now £542.46 (32% paid) + monthly payments £146.82 5/60
    Emergency fund - £36/£1000. Car fund - £0/£1000.
    Mini Targets in May
    Exercise target - 9/16. Groceries target £163.24/£200. NSD target 11/19.
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