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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.
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    • pipkin71
    • By pipkin71 8th Jan 18, 4:40 AM
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    1) go back to setting monthly goals for NSDs! So this month I ve been kind to myself and set a goal of 20/31.
    2) keeping on meal planning
    3) Minimising: challenging myself to get rid of 30 things a month

    Anyone else want to join in the challenge?
    Originally posted by Lynplatinum
    I like the idea of getting rid of 30 things a month! Sometimes, just the thought of decluttering, overwhelms me. I constantly seem to be shifting things but then it's never ending. 30 items seems more manageable, and any more than that, is a bonus.

    So far, this year

    2 fry pans
    A cake tub
    A wind chime
    A set of coasters
    Salt and pepper set, and
    A plastic storage tub

    have all gone to the charity shop (7/30)
    There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you - Beatrix Potter
    • keepcalmandcraft
    • By keepcalmandcraft 8th Jan 18, 5:46 PM
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    Thank you misstara for doing thid thread, I'd like to join in again. I mostly lurked last year but was always inspired by reading the posts. I will try and post more this year.
    I have already minimised 2 bags of clothes and four boxes of books for the cs. These included about 30 cookery books that we never used or just used for one recipe, so I copied out the recipes and gave the books away.
    Making do with soup at lunchtime which used some old veg from the fridge it's amazing how good old veg can taste when whizzed up with a few spices. Trying not to go shopping and use up the mountains of food in the cupboards and freezer.

    JackieO, Pandoro will freeze well. I use mine for bread and butter pudding - it is delicious.
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    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 8th Jan 18, 6:12 PM
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    Hi I was given a huge Pandoro cake at Christmas and was wondering if I slice it up I could freeze some as its far too big for me to eat in one go it weighs 1lb 10ozs what do you think I would have to juggle my freezer around a bit to get he slices in
    Originally posted by JackieO
    I think it would be just fine Jackie, juggle away!

    Will be taking down the decs/cards/tree tomorrow and am hoping I have some spare bulbs as the tree lights decided to conk out on NYD.
    Originally posted by YorksLass
    Well, that mend didn't happen, not through lack of trying though! We (1) checked the fuse in the plug - nope (2) checked the fuse lamp on the string of lights - nope (3) checked all 49 other lamps - nope. By this time, the air was distinctly blue and it wasn't just DH either! So the tree lights "mend" turned into a minimise into the bin. I've also bagged up some baubles that I haven't used for some time but won't take them to the CS until about November (not sure they'd want them just yet). I've put a reminder in my diary 'cos no doubt I'll have forgotten by then.

    I've joined the 2018 No Clutter to be Seen thread and am up to 15/2018 items so far. Not a huge amount, but it's a start.

    Still making do with existing food stocks, very little needed just yet.
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!
    June 」101.77/140 and 15/28 NSDs (Jan-May 」70.66 under budget)

    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 9th Jan 18, 9:02 AM
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    My cleaners* are due later, so hoping to get a bit straighter. Just commenting to subscribe.
    *I'm disabled, so they are a necessity. Hoping to reduce gradually this year!
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 9th Jan 18, 9:27 AM
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    Morning all
    Lyn and pipkin I'll join you in getting rid of 30 things this month.
    So far
    5 items of clothing from y wardrobe-clothes bank
    7 ood tins from food cupboard


    I also have a ridiculous amount of unread emails around 40,000 so am determined to minimise these down
    Last edited by mrs-moneypenny; 09-01-2018 at 9:55 AM.
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 9th Jan 18, 9:37 AM
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    mccolloch I pay for a gardener to keep my garden tidy from March to November and its 」12. for an hour once a fortnight, and I think its money well spent as I do not bend as well as I used to .

    He is a semi-retired chap who will also do odd jobs if I need him to I never feel bad about the money as it gives him a few extra quid (most of my friends have been put on his list ) and I my garden always looks nice and neat.

    Still making do with what I have in the food cupboards ,although I am out to lunch today with my DGS Ben as he is off back to uni tomorrow and tonight I am at quiz night at the local pub where I get the quiz and a small supper for 」2.00
    Will sew another line of squares together for the charity blanket this morning
    I have minimised some more paperwork to the recycling this morning as well so feeling quite productive today

    JackieO xx
    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 June spends so far 」18.90, brought a few odds and ends home from my holiday and using those up first.
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 9th Jan 18, 6:09 PM
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    I also have a ridiculous amount of unread emails around 40,000 so am determined to minimise these down
    Originally posted by mrs-moneypenny
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!
    June 」101.77/140 and 15/28 NSDs (Jan-May 」70.66 under budget)

    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 9th Jan 18, 7:24 PM
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    mccolloch I pay for a gardener to keep my garden tidy from March to November and its 」12. for an hour once a fortnight, and I think its money well spent as I do not bend as well as I used to .

    He is a semi-retired chap who will also do odd jobs if I need him to I never feel bad about the money as it gives him a few extra quid (most of my friends have been put on his list ) and I my garden always looks nice and neat.
    Originally posted by JackieO
    JackieO, that's great. I only have a small area where things grow, a single flowerbed at the front of my townhouse and two at the back, plus a patio area to de-weed. My grandson does it sometimes - for a tenner. The local gardener charged 」40 for two hours work. That was because he had to dispose of the rubbish. I decided subscribing to the 'brown bin' scheme for garden waste in our area was more cost effective, and so it proved.

    My cleaners come as a pair and work for an hour for 」22. Today, only one cleaned, the other helped put all the Christmas decorations away. I have quite a lot, and she zipped up and down stairs merrily, storing them very neatly.

    One of my cleaners took the Christmas cards, so that's them minimised.

    I shopped for the first time since before Christmas yesterday, so I had done well on the make do front.

    I am lucky enough to have a Heron Foods in my town - here's a list of some of my bargains yesterday, from my Heron Foods/Farm Foods - spot any good buys? thread
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • celtic_moon
    • By celtic_moon 11th Jan 18, 3:33 PM
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    Errrmmmmm.....
    Hello all!

    Happy 2018 to everyone. Been busy lurking on the 2017 thread, only the odd post.

    I have been decidedly naughty and un MMM like so far this year! I was lucky enough to receive a small amount of money for Christmas and I have chosen to use it on many of the post Christmas, reduced priced treats Bottles of lovely wine, charcuterie meats, lovely French cheeses - I REALLY like the first 2 weeks of January for this!

    However, prior to putting the Christmas tree up, I minimised 10 binbags to the cs, 1 bin bag of rubbish and 2 of recycling - I am not even sure where I managed to fit it all!!! I still have a strip along the wall of the spare bedroom to go through, but that is stuff full of memories so I am leaving it until I have a little more time to go through it properly and scan things etc that I want to keep.

    I also managed to secure a set of 5 Tefal pans to replace my completely clapped out pans, 2 sets of pyrex dishes to replace the rusty oven tins and a VAX carpet washer in the sale - 」95 for all of them! It was going to cost 」80 just to hire a carpet washer for a weekend and that meant having to do them all at once and the faff that entails - a win in my book

    I got a new cooker around 3 years ago which went bang on Christmas Eve whilst starting my Christmas Day cooking However, the lovely 'know it all' team had sent me a reminder to 'renew my extended warranty' so I managed to get it repaired (well the grill replacement is being fitted next Friday) for free - well, the princely sum of 」20 originally I have renewed it for another year, just in case - will get too expensive after it is 5 years old.....

    Back to the real MMMing now though as I want to revamp the living room using only a couple of pallets and a few things I have already....... my creative side is whirring away.......

    look after yourselves xxx
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 11th Jan 18, 3:54 PM
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    I agree with having Christmas treats in January!
    I got some lovely charcuterie meats for a pot-luck party buffet next week for pennies at Heron.

    I had a Spices of India order arrive this morning, which keeps me out of Mr T's for the things that A!di can't provide (dried milk, green lentils, chai tea, tinned spinach, popcorn kernels, larger quantities of turmeric, pearl barley), It's not the easiest website to navigate, but the service is excellent. As you can see from the items I've just listed, it's very much not just spices of India that they sell.

    My tree went back upstairs and will have Christmas No. 38 in 2018. I've resisted buying more decs in the sales. I collect special ones, so huge packs of coloured glass baubles don't appeal.

    I will have to gird my loins to minimise my bookshelves, but this is hard for me. I was an army wife for years and parted with so many precious books on house moves, that parting with any now is a bit difficult. However, I will have to eventually, so might as well continue, loads left last year thanks to the BHF house collection, but more need to follow.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • dolly84
    • By dolly84 12th Jan 18, 4:26 PM
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    Hi all. I'd like to join in this year. I am having a challenge of not buying anything new this year unless there is no alternative. So far I have bought a beautiful second hand chair for my living room, collected it locally - was fun getting it home as it is massive. I am due to collect a second hand metal bed frame on Sunday, this is for DD's room. I have taken one large bag of clothing and games to the charity shop today along with another bag which was only suitable for ragging.
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    • Lynplatinum
    • By Lynplatinum 12th Jan 18, 10:23 PM
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    Sporadic Posting again - sorry!
    Hiya All

    Due to the personal circumstances described above I shall be a bit erratic in posting but am on the MM&M case.
    Feel free to join me in my 30 days = 30 things declutter, pipkin71 and Mrs Moneypenny! I suspect later in the year we will need to encourage each other!

    Doing well this month as have decluttered MINIMISE so far:

    1 book
    2 bags of shredding
    some stuff from 'hair' drawer - moved intact rather than sorted out as I just ran out of time! List is at home as I am currently house and dog sitting for my friend again while she is off on a Caribbean Cruise! (she's earnt it though!)

    NSDs =10/31

    MEND = nowt

    MAKE DO: although I am at my friends and she said 'help yourself from pantry and freezer' I don't like to be too cheeky so I bought some stuff from home such as a packet of brown rice we had doubled up on; some excess fruit; some museli which wont fit in the large Kilner jar in which it is supposed to live (really pretty jar not Kilner but something else but its octagonal and works like a kilner - it was a chazzer win some years ago!) So kinda making do also gonna finish up all of friend's stuff such as tomatoes and bread which will/may go off while she's away! Am also, interestingly, making do with very few clothes for the fortnight - mostly long sleeved t shirts with a lovely warm jumper over the top + jeans. My friend will be perfectly ok with me doing a wash while im here and she has a large drying rack up on the wall over a radiator which dries stuff overnight! So that is a form of minimalism!

    anyway hope to back on here sooner cos I wont have the family around!
    Nite all
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    • misstara
    • By misstara 12th Jan 18, 11:41 PM
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    Hello all

    Did a big tidy up of the flat yesterday after work, minimised a lot of papers out to the recycling bin and identified a few items to go into the CS bag. Trying to encourage OH to go through his clothes and get rid of a few more, he did a big clear out a wee while back but still has mountains of clothes esp compared to me.

    Noticed that my leggings have a wee hole in them so that will be a job for over the weekend. I just have to remember where I put my needle and thread first.

    The fridge is looking pretty bare but there's plenty of food in the freezer and cupboards so will make a meal plan based on what's in and will hopefully need to buy very little for next week.

    A day off tomorrow so I plan to go to the gym in the morning and then spend the afternoon with my sister who's up for a visit. Hope you all have a good weekend
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    • villagelife
    • By villagelife 13th Jan 18, 7:14 AM
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    Not been doing too well.

    Mend fixed the letter box. May not last too long but have been fixing it every couple of months or so for at least 2 years.

    Make do with food in the house. Back been too sore to go out.

    Minimised some clothes, magazines and general rubbish.
    • savingpennies
    • By savingpennies 13th Jan 18, 9:50 AM
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    I went shopping yesterday and picked up some yellow sticker salmon; two large fillets which are now 10 frozen portions. I've decided to freeze everything as single portions, as with one daughter working shifts, and either OH or I out doing something else, I never know whether I am cooking for 3 or 2 (or 4/5 when other daughter and her bf turn up).
    I used up some bacon and cheese from the fridge to make chicken cordon bleu. I've never made it before but will do again as everyone said it delicious.
    I like the idea of de-cluttering one item a day each month. I have a study and a garage that is so full of stuff, it's hard to put one foot in front of the other So I think I will join that challenge.
    Minimised three books yesterday by taking them to my mum's. She's not getting out much at the moment because of the cold and as she lives on top of a hill she worries about ice on the footpath.
    No mending yet.
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    • janb5
    • By janb5 13th Jan 18, 4:05 PM
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    I think it would be just fine Jackie, juggle away!



    Well, that mend didn't happen, not through lack of trying though! We (1) checked the fuse in the plug - nope (2) checked the fuse lamp on the string of lights - nope (3) checked all 49 other lamps - nope. By this time, the air was distinctly blue and it wasn't just DH either! So the tree lights "mend" turned into a minimise into the bin. I've also bagged up some baubles that I haven't used for some time but won't take them to the CS until about November (not sure they'd want them just yet). I've put a reminder in my diary 'cos no doubt I'll have forgotten by then.



    I've joined the 2018 No Clutter to be Seen thread and am up to 15/2018 items so far. Not a huge amount, but it's a start.

    Still making do with existing food stocks, very little needed just yet.
    Originally posted by YorksLass

    Hi- some charity shops take Christmas trees and baubles to sell next year. My friend gave our CS two.
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 13th Jan 18, 8:35 PM
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    Hi everyone:

    Make do - sliced bread from freezer - my toaster has a !!!8216;frozen!!!8217; function. Finished a jam from fridge.

    Mend - nothing outstanding

    Minimise - jam jar & coffee jar washed & recycled + last of the fishfingers used & not replaced.

    Have a goodnight

    MrsSD
    • mummypops
    • By mummypops 13th Jan 18, 11:29 PM
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    Hi all,
    I have been a lurker for a long time, but would like to step forward in hope it might keep me on track throughout the whole of 2018. I certainly have a tendency to be all over it for a month or two, then fall off the MM&M, MSE wagon.
    So, far this weekend, I have mended two cardigans from my DD2, minimised a bag of clothes for the CS with an aim of selling a few things on the bay of E. That's on the to do list.
    Today I also minimised some part bake French sticks left over from xmas. Created some lovely pizza subs with left over pepperoni, bbq chicken and ham &pineapple. Worked so well, team mummypops have asked for this tea again. Result as it was very cost effective.

    I am subscribed and continue to read all your great posts, they are very inspiring
    Onwards and upwards everyone.
    MP
    • Treasurequeen
    • By Treasurequeen 14th Jan 18, 7:34 PM
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    Evening everyone. Minmised two bags to charity shop on Friday but came back with a few jigsaw puzzles. I like to have a few evenings a week with no tv or electronic devices, just sat down doing a jigsaw puzzle.

    I致e got 25000 emails to minimise, managed to get it down to 5000 tonight so a fair few more to delete, mostly junk emails.

    Made do with stocks from freezer and cupboards. Mended my dogs toy. In the village I live in each year they do an Easter parade/party. They do an Easter bonnet competition where the prizes are money 」30 for first prize. So this year I知 entering so I知 starting to plan now. I知 thinking of doing a recycled waste bonnet, turning recycled items into Easter themes. Not sure if it will work out. I致e also got these cute Easter bunny charms in my craft stash, that I知 going to make into earrings for the party.

    Ive also got to make some birthday bunting for my mums birthday so I will have a rummage in craft stash for fabrics. I want to be able to reuse the bunting for other birthdays over the coming years. I知 against using plastic banners.
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    • Lynplatinum
    • By Lynplatinum 14th Jan 18, 9:56 PM
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    Suggestions
    Evening everyone

    while I remember names.....
    Welcome Mummypops - looks like youve made a great start and reporting in here either every day or once a week certainly keeps folk on track (well it did for me!)

    Treasurequeen - wow thats a load of e-mails to minimise! Can I also suggest unsubscribing to those you havent found useful for a year or so? Also re your Easter Bonnet a friend of mine made some very pretty looking flowers out of coke a cola cans. she found out how to on pintrest. Hope this helps!

    misstara - I hope that the papers you recycled were shredded or very well torn up. Please folks treat yourself to a shredder. Keeping your information private (and certainly not all in one rubbish sack) is very important - the bad guys can put together your address + banking details + anything indicating your birth date and create accounts in your name. Be careful folks you might not have much but the pain and difficulties you will encounter if someone hi jacks your identity will make life very very difficult for years to come. (including in one case I know a CCJ against their name = no credit available + potentially no ability to rent a place).

    Sorry if that is a bit of a miserable post ( and if you are already very aware of this misstara) but Id rather warn my friends on here- while we are minimalising!!

    As Im staying at my friends house (house and dog sitting) I cant do much on the MM&M front here! Recycling cans tho and burning paper rubbish on her open fire. She has left me a load of her clothes she is taking to the chazzer to go through and see if I want anything! Cross your fingers for me - Im hoping NOT to acquire more stuff but she does have very nice stuff! LOL
    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
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