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    Our fridge goes back and forth from too full to too empty. I can't seem to strike a happy medium this last month, but I am motivated by this thread. I think my biggest problem right now is actually using what I have before it goes bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happystuff View Post
    Our fridge goes back and forth from too full to too empty. I can't seem to strike a happy medium this last month, but I am motivated by this thread. I think my biggest problem right now is actually using what I have before it goes bad.
    That was the dilemma I had when having a CSA. I learned how to preserve the excess before it went bad and was able to use it later. My favorite book for this ....https://www.amazon.com/Preserving-Su.../dp/0875966489

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    Sometimes I fantasize about spending my retirement taking classes in practical skills like auto repair. Rosa impressed me when she took a carpentry class. I don't know if this is still the case but I heard in the past tuition is waived for seniors some places.
    I have missed carpentry class so much, and I'm fervently hoping classes will resume in the fall now that so many are vaccinated. I agree that auto repair would be another very interesting skill to learn.

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    Husband is trying planting pumpkin seeds in tree stump to see if he can rot it out that way.

    I dug up glad bulbs from old house last winter and brought them and put them in garden here and they are coming up.

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    I am going to try to make toothpaste using coconut oil and baking soda in the near future.

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    The coconut oil is supposed to do great things for oral health, so make sure to report back. Maybe I should try this for my gums.

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    I finally bought the ingredients for the homemade laundry soap. Have a little bit of liquid stocked up to use, but then I'm ready to give the homemade a try!
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    Quote Originally Posted by happystuff View Post
    I finally bought the ingredients for the homemade laundry soap. Have a little bit of liquid stocked up to use, but then I'm ready to give the homemade a try!
    Yay! I have been doing this since 2007 and have saved so much money! You will love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tybee View Post
    Yay! I have been doing this since 2007 and have saved so much money! You will love it.
    I posted before that I used to do this when the kids were younger and our budget was tighter, so it should go okay.

    Question since you do this... I read that if you use cold water to wash, it makes it easier to dissolve the powdered homemade if you put it in a canning jar with water and shake to mix before putting it into the washer. It's a little thing, but I don't want family members having undissolved soap on their clothes.
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    I'm sorry, I only make the gel liquid kind--never have tried powdered homemade. I always had trouble getting any powdered detergent to dissolve and had the problem you mentioned so switched to liquid.

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