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    • misstara
    • By misstara 1st Jan 18, 5:13 PM
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    misstara
    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 £518.98 (77.5% paid)
    Car debt Nov 2017 £797.68 Now £447.43 (43.9% paid) + monthly payments £146.82 10/60
    Emergency fund - £80/£1000. Car fund - £350/£1000.
    Mini Targets in Octoberr
    Exercise target - 2/16. Groceries target £76.89/£200. NSD target 7/15.
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    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 16th Jul 18, 4:12 PM
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    Treasurequeen
    Mending/making: muslin face pads for toner out of old muslin cloths.

    Minimised a bag of items to go to charity shop and a box of recycling.

    Making do with food from stocks until I can go shopping at the end of the week.
    The £1000 emergency fund challenge #223
    Pay for birthdays and Christmas 2018 with surveys #17
    2018 Frugal Living Challenge #44
    Sealed Pot Challenge 2018~ 11 #40
    £2 saver club #26 £104
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 17th Jul 18, 11:38 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    Make Do: Eating from fridge, freezer & stores

    Mend: Marbles put back as eyes in metal cat shaped ‘cat scarers’

    Minimise: the old garden shed - dismantled & taken to Tip/Recycling Centre
    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 18th Jul 18, 10:47 AM
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    Hopeless Case
    Mend: dog cushion - yet again!
    Minimise: fell asleep on the sofa, woke up and found dogs had ripped mend open and stuffing all over the floor. Decided to throw cushion away and they can have old towels instead!
    Think this counts as 'make do' too
    Sept GC £90.29/£240 Oct £167.1/ £200
    NSD target: Aug 21/20, Sept 14/14 Oct 7/20
    Sept Bring Your Lunch to Work Target
    11/13 Oct 7/20
    £1 a day: Aug £60.88/£31
    Sept £32.42/£30 Oct £1.72/£31
    Tesco CC Aug 18 £10,151.56 £10050.56 0% 30mnths, First Direct CC Aug 18 £4321.80 £4111.7 0% til Feb 20
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 18th Jul 18, 11:55 AM
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    silvasava
    Make Do: Food from freezer & garden for meals

    Mend: 4 pairs of cut off's shortened to the length I like. An old pair of cut off's into shorts

    Minimised: Loganberry canes cut down and taken to tip
    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
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 28th Jul 18, 2:56 PM
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    YorksLass
    Minimise:
    Bank balance seriously reduced - but this was to pay for our annual holibobs, so worth it!

    Bag of stuff taken to cs including a pair of pillow slips and a couple of ornaments, but mainly crafting items that have come as free gifts from magazines (cross-stitch kits that I'll never do in a million years, wooden knitting needles still in their packets and surplus to requirements, a row counter, a wooden shawl pin, bundles of lace and ribbon)

    More white and cream crafting cotton unearthed from the stash and now being used to knit hm dishcloths.

    Make do:
    A trawl through a kitchen cupboard revealed a large white melamine tray that I'd forgotten about - perfect as a tray to do jigsaw puzzles on and it will slide nicely under the sofa when not in use.

    Mend:
    Nothing springs to mind but I'm sure there will be something, somewhere!
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!
    Oct £95.36/£140 and 8/28 NSDs (Jan-Sep £213.26 under budget)

    • cafelady
    • By cafelady 29th Jul 18, 9:11 AM
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    cafelady
    Hello, hope everyone's well. Here's what I've been up to...

    Minimise: 4lb of last year's fruit from the freezer into jam. This has freed up some freezer space for this year's soft fruit.

    Also minimised some wrinkly apples and some redcurrants still on the bush, into a cake.

    And minimised a bag of clothes to the CS.

    Making do: with mainly garden veg. We normally have a veg box but I've cancelled it for the summer. Getting salad leaves, radishes, cucumbers, courgettes and a few peas, mange tout and spring onions. Also got lots of rocket and red mustard leaves that grow wild in the garden.

    Also making do with lots of reduced stuff from freezer I was lucky enough to pick up at various supermarkets. With two teenagers in the house it's amazing how much we get through so always on the lookout for a bargain!
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 29th Jul 18, 9:48 AM
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    silvasava
    Cafelady - that's what I'll be doing tomorrow! Lots of fruit from last year still in the freezer so needs to be turned into jams and anything else I can think of!
    Minimised some stuff to CS & managed to sell a bulky item that's been kept for Justin.
    Need to minimise some of my freezer stock so I can defrost one of them.
    No recent mending but made do with food from freezer for dinner last night - I am trying!
    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
    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 29th Jul 18, 3:24 PM
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    Had a busy day today, now it's not so hot

    Mend: Sewed up my peg bag, which had split and rotted along the top - my fault for leaving it out on the line with the washing, too much sun (and the odd bit of rain)

    Minimise: Turned the spare fridge freezer off again (we restarted it next weekend but it's broken and will only work on full setting and everything in the fridge was freezing and it was very heavy on the electricity

    Make do: Made an apple and blackberry crumble and cooked an odd assortment of veg for lunch which there wasn't room to cram into the remaining freezer!
    Sept GC £90.29/£240 Oct £167.1/ £200
    NSD target: Aug 21/20, Sept 14/14 Oct 7/20
    Sept Bring Your Lunch to Work Target
    11/13 Oct 7/20
    £1 a day: Aug £60.88/£31
    Sept £32.42/£30 Oct £1.72/£31
    Tesco CC Aug 18 £10,151.56 £10050.56 0% 30mnths, First Direct CC Aug 18 £4321.80 £4111.7 0% til Feb 20
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 29th Jul 18, 10:50 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    Make do: Hm Focaccia & foods from freezer & stocks

    Mend: new battery in hall clock & darned a pair of DH’s socks

    Minimise: Food packaging
    • Punkygoth
    • By Punkygoth 30th Jul 18, 11:15 AM
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    Punkygoth
    Make do: Gradually using up freezer & stocks

    Mend: Turned up DH suit trousers and dyed a pair of his shorts

    Minimise: 3 black sacks for charity shop!
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 31st Jul 18, 2:14 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    Make Do: Food from freezer, cupboards etc

    Mend: DH mended the vacuum cleaner I broke

    Minimise: day to day detritus only as my decluttering mojo has left the building
    • Wraithlady
    • By Wraithlady 4th Aug 18, 7:48 PM
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    Wraithlady
    Make Do: the dusty remains of my breakfast granola went into home-made flapjacks, lunch pitta's courtesy of the freezer

    Mend: Summer maxi dress inherited from my mum now knee-length so I can stride purposefully in it and not feel I've been hobbled (spare material now a tie-belt for said dress and a soon-to-be headband backed with some spare denim)

    Minimise: Slowly, slowly minimising the fabric stash. Found a nice dusky pink sari I'd forgotten I'd bought - been looking for some bordered fabric for a blouse, so this will save me £20-£30 on fabric.
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 5th Aug 18, 6:28 PM
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    Make Do: Food in stores

    Mend: My new oven gloves which I managed to burn a hole in - now darned but only after I burnt a finger

    Minimise: A broken ice cube tray & lots of water as it is hot, hot, hot
    • kdalwayskint
    • By kdalwayskint 7th Aug 18, 6:44 PM
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    Can I make do, mend & minimise this?

    I wanted some shorts but haven't been able to find any, so I've made some! I haven't got a pattern for shorts, so I used a pattern for dungarees and adapted it, used fabric from my stash so minimised that!
    Saving for Christmas 2018 ~ £287.46/£365
    Wedding Fund £1500/£1500
    Car Fund £108.60/£5000 ~ Bank of Mum £5000/£5000 done
    DFW Nerd #1155
    LBM 25/2/09 Debt at highest £8,037.35 now £0
    Credit Card £2000/£2500
    • zebedy
    • By zebedy 7th Aug 18, 6:56 PM
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    zebedy
    Sounds like a great result! Well done
    MS Stalwart. Used site for >10 years
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    Make Do, Mend and Minimise member - focussing on upcycling/repurposing and sewing
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 7th Aug 18, 7:54 PM
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    silvasava
    DH has a gippy tummy so on bread and water - he is improving though so -

    I've minimised the last 6 pringles and an almond slice!

    I mended a rollock on my dinghy - the cord had rotted so I replaced it

    I made do with leftovers for my tea and minimise them as well!
    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 8th Aug 18, 8:23 AM
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    JackieO
    Making do with what stuff I have in the fridge to use up before my holidays

    Minimising some boucle wool to the CS as it was donated to me by my neighbour plus a few paperbacks

    Mended ,stitched up an old towel cut into squares and hemmed as cleaning cloths ,far too far gone to use to dry with ,but recycled into cleaning cloths
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus. 2018:Food Budget only
    End of September totals £262.19 1st Oct £30.96
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 18th Aug 18, 11:49 PM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger
    Make Do: Food from stores, freezer etc

    Mend: Two pairs of knickers

    Minimise: Food & drink packaging, broken garden pots, empty gravel & sand sacks (from making shed base)
    • house elf
    • By house elf 19th Aug 18, 1:56 PM
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    house elf
    Good afternoon,

    A bit of MMM for the next two weeks, before I go back to work.......

    Make do: Made washing Gloop using up some mini soaps from hols and fortified it with the end of a bottle of shampoo nobody likes.

    Mend: Adjusted the waist of a tiered skirt so it actually fits me.

    Minimise : Bag of stuff to CS, and did not buy anything else!

    Synchro Mums - 'Changing the world one sequin at a time' Lady GaGa
    'We have more in common than that which divides us.' Jo Cox
    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 19th Aug 18, 3:40 PM
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    Hopeless Case
    Make do: Was one of a few people who hopefully changed the mind of a lady on a local Facebook group, who had come on to complain about people who don't pick up their dogs' poo, and was saying she had to throw her child's new shoes away just because she had got poo on them !
    I was horrified, people have been stepping in poo since, well, long before shoes were invented, and it is disgusting, but this relatively new throw-away attitude is far worse in my mind (I said it much more nicely than that and pointed out that she could save money and stop her daughter being so upset about losing her new shoes, by doing the admittedly unpleasant job of cleaning them! )

    Mend: I sewed up my jeans which were ripping along the seam - hopefully it'll hold!
    Sept GC £90.29/£240 Oct £167.1/ £200
    NSD target: Aug 21/20, Sept 14/14 Oct 7/20
    Sept Bring Your Lunch to Work Target
    11/13 Oct 7/20
    £1 a day: Aug £60.88/£31
    Sept £32.42/£30 Oct £1.72/£31
    Tesco CC Aug 18 £10,151.56 £10050.56 0% 30mnths, First Direct CC Aug 18 £4321.80 £4111.7 0% til Feb 20
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