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    The Netherlands. I asked Dad why we came. He...

    The Netherlands. I asked Dad why we came. He said: "We couldn't have been any poorer". I had no idea we were poor until I was an adult. There was always a meal on the table x3/d. There were...
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    The real blessing of a frugal lifestyle based on...

    The real blessing of a frugal lifestyle based on no-debt and cash expenditures:cool:
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    Sponsorship law changed and was dropped in 1964. ...

    Sponsorship law changed and was dropped in 1964. We immigrated in '61. I only learned of this change when I spent 1/2 day in the Holocaust Museum several years ago. I had no idea it was no longer...
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    Finished "Radical Homemaker". Nearly done with...

    Finished "Radical Homemaker". Nearly done with "Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society".
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    Right? Our kitchen and bath cabinets are solid...

    Right? Our kitchen and bath cabinets are solid Alder. We've been here 28.5y. I'll never paint them nor will I ever replace them.
  6. Tybee, how do you store your seeds? I live in a...

    Tybee, how do you store your seeds? I live in a zone that ranges -29 to 112 F. I've not saved seeds year to year because I always fear they won't produce. However, I would like to stop spending...
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    Keep your eye on your goal. You're setting roots...

    Keep your eye on your goal. You're setting roots with a man with whom you want to share a home. Once you're living in it and starting to settle in, perhaps the joy will grab and embrace you and the...
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    I have 2 cats, 10yo. The male does this, his...

    I have 2 cats, 10yo. The male does this, his sister does not. She likes to be on my lap in early morning and evenings. He wants to be petted when I've followed him to the food bowl, when he jumps...
  9. Thread: August Frugals

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    We have a midsize front loader stack here in our...

    We have a midsize front loader stack here in our main home. We have an apartment sized "attached" stack at the cabin. They both work great. The biggest difference: the front load washer spins the...
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    DH's blackberry patch is producing nicely this...

    DH's blackberry patch is producing nicely this year. He's been picking and freezing in 1 gallon bags. Today I've started our 1st batch of jam. I found a low sugar "french" recipe so we're trying...
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    In our early days I thought it would be great to...

    In our early days I thought it would be great to get 1 paycheck for the year. Pay all the utilities, mortgage, car payments (yes back in the day of mega-debt).

    My theory was that we would have a...
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    Radical Homemakers.....I'm halfway. I recommend...

    Radical Homemakers.....I'm halfway. I recommend mostly for the historical perspective of Part 1. It describes how our culture "evolved" to the state of the 90s.
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    Didn't you have an inspection? This leaky roof...

    Didn't you have an inspection? This leaky roof should have been noted and repaired by the owner. If you're stuck with this issue, that sucks!
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    We married at 19 (39y and happy). I had 3...

    We married at 19 (39y and happy). I had 3 showers. 1 put on at Mom/Dad's church. 1 by my maid-of-honor and 1 by DH's family. Mom was a bit "what do I do" since I go to them all. i told her to...
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    I "do", when I feel like it and "don't" when I...

    I "do", when I feel like it and "don't" when I don't feel like it. I really don't care what other's think of my choices.
  16. Near big cities, that sounds reasonable. In a...

    Near big cities, that sounds reasonable. In a rural state, there's not enough money for a constant supply of books. They will spread them around to small community libraries.
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    Summer: cotton sheets, top and bottom, and a...

    Summer: cotton sheets, top and bottom, and a quilt (I am a quilter).

    Winter: flannel sheets, a wool blanket and a quilt.

    It doesn't bother me at all to take 5 seconds to tuck in a sheet and...
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    Concur. I've seen a bit of this in winter...

    Concur. I've seen a bit of this in winter country in the northwest. They build around the windows so light still comes in. They've also left the ends completely open.

    Man garage: I've seen 400...
  19. If you are truly dumping them, please dump them...

    If you are truly dumping them, please dump them to the library system.
  20. I've no idea where you live. Portland OR has a...

    I've no idea where you live. Portland OR has a store named Powells https://www.powells.com/

    They buy used books. Might be worth some investigating. Some $ is better than no $.
  21. Thread: August Frugals

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    Dinner: zucchini (from the garden), ratatouille...

    Dinner: zucchini (from the garden), ratatouille from the freezer, cooked sausage/turkey combo I keep ready in the freezer.

    I'm making stuffed zucchini for dinner! I don't have Moz so using...
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    Last night: cooked up the last of the veggies...

    Last night: cooked up the last of the veggies from our CSA. Cooked up some older chicken sausage from the freezer, used an old cube of pesto and cooked some pasta. Dinner!

    Gave away 8 larger...
  23. I would bring it up the next time it happens. It...

    I would bring it up the next time it happens. It is very rude to be chronically late not to mention disrespectful. Why the other members tolerate it is beyond me. When she's finally present do you...
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    August Frugals

    Aug 1:

    1. Saute 3 bunches of kale with onions and garlic. These are 4 baggies in the freezer for winter.
    2. Saute 2 bunches of beet greens with onions and garlic. Ate 1/2 for lunch yesterday...
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    I don't really have a rule of thumb. I hate to...

    I don't really have a rule of thumb. I hate to shop so that controls accumulation greatly. If something breaks or wears out, and I use it a lot, I replace it.

    Now I'm thinking more about the...
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