What frugal thing did you do today?

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by mariezzz » Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:26 am

dm200 wrote:
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Instead of paying a lawn service, soon my wife will be mowing the lawn ;)
That should save on gym fees, too.

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Post by LilyFleur » Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:57 am

Asked my son to program my new garage door openers; he did it in 30 minutes and it would have taken me two hours.

Went to Costco and stocked up on Tzatziki Style Chicken Salad, naan, and grape tomatoes (and a few more items). All that makes a delicious, fast meal that is cheaper and healthier than fast food. Got out for less than $50 and earned 2% on it on my Citibank Costco VISA. Put gas in my car at Costco, got inexpensive gas and a 4% rebate on my Citibank Costco VISA.

Drank two cups of coffee today made with Costco Keurig cups and Costco Organic Half and Half. I decant my Half and Half into a smaller glass bottle. Having to open the big half gallon container every time I drink coffee makes it go bad too early sometimes. Putting some in a smaller bottle helps.

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Post by dalbright » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:21 am

I'm re-roofing my house...I have way to much roof for the size of my house. A split level home has to be the worst use of materials when you look at siding, roofing, etc! I was hoping to get started on the house after finishing the garage last weekend (about 10sq) but my replacement skylights aren't in yet. I hope in 30+ years I will have done well enough to be able to afford to pay someone else to do this job! Our area seems to get overpriced contractors that do poor quality work but think they can overcharge for it. Garage had 3 layers i had to take off but luckily the house only has one. 2000sqft of roof to go (for only a 1400sqft house its nuts!)

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by hmw » Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:55 am

Didn't do all these today but in the recent past.

1. replaced a parking light bulb and a low beam light bulb myself. The low beam light bulb was a pain to replace as I couldn't access it from under the hood. Replaced the serpentine belt myself.

2. I bought a Wahl Clippers and cut my son's hair and my own at home. No hair disaster. :D

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by dm200 » Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:57 am

hmw wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:55 am
Didn't do all these today but in the recent past.

1. replaced a parking light bulb and a low beam light bulb myself. The low beam light bulb was a pain to replace as I couldn't access it from under the hood. Replaced the serpentine belt myself.

2. I bought a Wahl Clippers and cut my son's hair and my own at home. No hair disaster. :D
As a child, my mother would sometimes cut my hair.

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Post by dm200 » Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:59 am

1. replaced a parking light bulb and a low beam light bulb myself. The low beam light bulb was a pain to replace as I couldn't access it from under the hood.
For some "simple" things like this, such as wiper blades or battery replacement - the local chain auto parts store will do it at no extra charge.

Unfortunately, I have zero mechanical skills of any kind.

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Post by finfire » Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:02 pm

ate leftovers for lunch. made my own coffee. worked.

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by hmw » Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:15 pm

dm200 wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:59 am
1. replaced a parking light bulb and a low beam light bulb myself. The low beam light bulb was a pain to replace as I couldn't access it from under the hood.
For some "simple" things like this, such as wiper blades or battery replacement - the local chain auto parts store will do it at no extra charge.

Unfortunately, I have zero mechanical skills of any kind.
I doubt that the local parts store would do the low beam light bulb replacement on my Subaru outback. The parking light was really easy to do. The low beam light requires taking down the fender welt just in front the tire. It was hard to see. Took me about 15 to 20 min to do it after watching a few YouTube videos.

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by hmw » Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:17 pm

dm200 wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:57 am
hmw wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:55 am
Didn't do all these today but in the recent past.

2. I bought a Wahl Clippers and cut my son's hair and my own at home. No hair disaster. :D
As a child, my mother would sometimes cut my hair.
It is quite a money saver. My Wahl Clippers cost $18. Hair cuts for two is $50.

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by dm200 » Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:24 pm

hmw wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:17 pm
dm200 wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:57 am
hmw wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:55 am
Didn't do all these today but in the recent past.
2. I bought a Wahl Clippers and cut my son's hair and my own at home. No hair disaster. :D
As a child, my mother would sometimes cut my hair.
It is quite a money saver. My Wahl Clippers cost $18. Hair cuts for two is $50.
On the one hand, I am very happy that I still have a full head of hair at my age (most of the guys I have known since we were in our 20's are now mostly very bald), some men just shave their heads - and some look very good. I, however, have a large and "odd shaped" head - so that is not for me.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:16 pm

finite_difference wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:43 am
DrGoogle2017 wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:31 am
finite_difference wrote:
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DrGoogle2017 wrote:
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Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:02 pm


Time to get a sense of humor. Lighten up.
That was my joke of the day. I forgot the smiley face.
If you are using sarcasm or making a joke, it helps to use an emoji.

Not that it helps for me given my jokes. :)
I don’t often use emoji, I make ridiculous statements enough that I figure people can assume it’s a joke. I’m rarely serious. Half joking as always.
You are very frugal with your emoji.

I’ll make up for it by quoting liberally.
It’s laziness, which I have plenty.

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by 09deaconX » Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:00 pm

dm200 wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:24 pm
hmw wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:17 pm
dm200 wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:57 am
hmw wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:55 am
Didn't do all these today but in the recent past.
2. I bought a Wahl Clippers and cut my son's hair and my own at home. No hair disaster. :D
As a child, my mother would sometimes cut my hair.
It is quite a money saver. My Wahl Clippers cost $18. Hair cuts for two is $50.
On the one hand, I am very happy that I still have a full head of hair at my age (most of the guys I have known since we were in our 20's are now mostly very bald), some men just shave their heads - and some look very good. I, however, have a large and "odd shaped" head - so that is not for me.
In 2009 I bought a pair of clippers for about $25 at Walmart. Haven't paid for a hair cut since - just a simple #3 buzz cut all the way around every month or so.

Back of the envelope math tells me that I've saved ~$3,500 with that $25 investment.

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by Lynette » Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:10 am

robphoto wrote:
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Lynette wrote:
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I bought a new desktop and to my irritation, Windows 10 on the new machine did not support the driver of my old laser printer. I no longer had the printer disk so I could not install the driver. I needed a printer for a Spanish assignment so I went and bought a new printer from Best Buy and installed it. I was able to get it to print after some hassle. I decided to see if I could get it to work with my Surface Pro 3 or Lenova Yoga Pro. Both went crazy. The Surface would not even boot. Many, many hours later both are fixed. I had to load Windows 10 onto a flash drive and reset the Bios of the Lenova Yoga Pro so that it would recognize a flash drive. I had been looking to buy another laptop!
often you can download printer drivers from the printer manufacturer's site; for older printers sometimes the driver for the successor printer will work (like 1020 driver for 1010 printer)
If I recall correctly, the drivers were not available from the Manufacture's website.

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by dm200 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:01 am

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My DH and I shared a Wendy's $4 meal deal. Exchanged the fries for chili, and I ate the chili and 2 of the pieces of chicken, and he enjoyed the bacon burger and 2 pieces of chicken, and the drink. (I drink water).
Have to check that out - $4.00 seems like a real bargain. Wonder how Wendy's can make any money on this "deal"??

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Post by dm200 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:03 am

Showered at a County gym this morning. Local taxpayers paid for my (hot) water.

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Post by finfire » Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:05 am

replaced some rotten soffit. Contractor estimated $200. I fixed it for about $20...and learned how to do it also!!

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by 4strings » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:49 am

used the cologne/perfume samples in magazines as an air freshener in our closets to make the clothes smell nice

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by TimeRunner » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:53 am

Not register for Bogleheads 2019 conference. Will put that travel money towards Galapagos and Easter Island trips. :mrgreen:
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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by jminv » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:24 am

Hashbrowns were on the menu this morning but when I went for the Heinz ketchup, I realized the bottle was empty. I then proceeded to refill the bottle with Heinz ketchup packets that some places still leave out for free. For those of you that are curious, it takes far fewer packets than you would think it would. I then put out a nice thick napkin for each of us for breakfast that was also free. Later on in the day, I had a nice afternoon snack out of free samples from the grocery store.

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by dm200 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:41 am

jminv wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:24 am
Hashbrowns were on the menu this morning but when I went for the Heinz ketchup, I realized the bottle was empty. I then proceeded to refill the bottle with Heinz ketchup packets that some places still leave out for free. For those of you that are curious, it takes far fewer packets than you would think it would. I then put out a nice thick napkin for each of us for breakfast that was also free. Later on in the day, I had a nice afternoon snack out of free samples from the grocery store.
I like the samples as well. One reason to go to Costco more often.

I suppose the free samples must increase business - or they would not do it. However, I cannot recall that I ever actually purchased something because of the free samples.

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Post by Trader Joe » Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:40 pm

I ordered UberX instead of UberBlack for two trips this week. I did not tip the Uber driver for either of those trip. Great cost savings overall.

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Post by bck63 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:50 pm

Trader Joe wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:40 pm
I ordered UberX instead of UberBlack for two trips this week. I did not tip the Uber driver for either of those trip. Great cost savings overall.
Excellent savings strategy.

I climbed out the bathroom window of the nearby diner after have a sumptuous Surf and Turf dinner, thus avoiding the entire check -- including the tip (why are Surf and Turf dinners SO good at diner's?).

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Post by Nicolas » Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:58 pm

dm200 wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:41 am
I like the samples as well. One reason to go to Costco more often.

I suppose the free samples must increase business - or they would not do it. However, I cannot recall that I ever actually purchased something because of the free samples.
We’ve purchased items at Costco several times because of how delicious the free samples were.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:01 pm

We were about to call somebody to fix our fireplace, one thing my husband refused to fix, he said it might be dangerous at his age, the fireplace could explode or something. But before we called, I suggested that he just turned it on and treasure enough it worked. No money has to be spent.

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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by dm200 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:41 am

Just got another cup of coffee at work (coffee free to employees and customers).

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Post by dm200 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:46 am

Just saw my Primary Care Doctor (only $10 Copay) - in the hope that spending the $10 NOW will mean fewer (more expensive) problems later.

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Post by Frank Grimes » Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:17 pm

Made morning coffee for self and spouse. This bag of beans cost about $3 on sale and a bag lasts about a week. So 7 days x 1 travel mug each = 14 travel mugs for $3. Compare that to getting the equivalent at a coffee shop for about $2.50 for a large black coffee. That would be $35 for 14 large black coffees.

$3 vs $35. Savings of $32 every week.

52 weeks in a year --> Savings of $1664 every year.

Invest that $1664 in a roth IRA on December 31 every year for 20 years earning 6% a year --> $61,211 at the end of 20 years.

Not only that but my coffee tastes better than store coffee.

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Post by dm200 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:25 pm

Not today, but I now almost always just have plain water with my restaurant meals.

Lower cost and better health.

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Post by Mike Scott » Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:32 pm

I extended the battery life in my alarm clock by not setting it to go off this morning. However, that small savings may be offset by more wear on the bed caused by sleeping longer. :)

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Post by dm200 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:40 pm

Mike Scott wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:32 pm
I extended the battery life in my alarm clock by not setting it to go off this morning. However, that small savings may be offset by more wear on the bed caused by sleeping longer. :)
Anyone still use a windup alarm clock?

I don't.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:21 pm

Fresh squeezed orange juice for 60c a glass. Delicious especially after free and frugal work out.

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Post by Doom&Gloom » Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:26 pm

Had a storm come through last night that knocked our power out for over four hours. Today it was out for ~15 minutes--presumably the power company was repairing a line that was damaged last night. Oodles of savings in electricity costs!!!

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Post by Trism » Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:59 am

I was going to order a $6 terra cotta "brown sugar bear" to rehydrate 2/3 of a bag of rock-hard brown sugar.

After 10 seconds of research it was obvious I could accomplish the same thing in under a minute with a bowl, a damp paper towel and a microwave.

Alternately I could have thrown the brown sugar in the trash and replaced it for about $1.50.

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Post by treadingwater » Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:42 am

Not today, last week... googled poorly working washing machines "symptoms". Watched you tube videos for possible solutions. Ordered "generic"16$ part from Amazon and replaced ourselves. Saved $ on housecall and also the manufacturers part price would have been 65$.

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Post by Luckywon » Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:12 am

A couple weeks ago. Saw an AMEX offer for $15 off at plated.com (meal kit service). I already subscribe to plated but have a 2% cash back citicard set up for payments. I switched the charge to amex, just for that one week, and got the $15 credit. 😁

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Post by quantAndHold » Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:31 am

I pulled our gas grill apart into its component parts, cleaned it within an inch of its life, replaced the part that wasn’t working, spray painted the outside with grill paint, and put it back together. It looks and works like new again. The part cost $18 on Amazon. Videos on how to do this with the exact model were on YouTube.

I also learned enough in the process that if/when something goes wrong in the future, I will be able to fix it. Gas grills are surprisingly simple things.
Yes, I’m really that pedantic.

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Post by Elena » Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:36 am

I fixed a bump in my 16 yr. old car. Unassembled inside of rear door, pressed the metal until it popped, reassembled cover. Thank you, YouTube! There is still a tiny dent, but I am going to consider this a fixed door.

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Post by Elena » Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:54 am

HoosierJim wrote:
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:36 am
sil2017 wrote:
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Bought air filter and cabin filter from Amazon.
Amazon (and other online auto parts stores) have a GARAGE feature which let's you store your car configuration (e.g. 1964 Pontiac GTO, 1974 Karman Ghia, and a 1986 Yugo - all with engine & style info) for easy matching parts. I really like "This part does not fit your car - would you like to see parts that do?"

Makes it easy.
... wish we had this for boyfriends...

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Post by A440 » Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:20 am

Replaced the drive rollers on our NordicTrack Classic Pro skier from the 1990's.
Parts $65, time to swap them out 5 minutes.
Works like new :happy
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Post by Quaestner » Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:04 pm

I used one of the 2000 paper coffee filters I bought in bulk (cheap). Funny (and a bit ridiculous) how saving pennies can be satisfying.

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Post by CoastalWinds » Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:11 pm

Nicolas wrote:
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michaeljc70 wrote:
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1. Learned how to replace watch batteries via a U-Tube video. Purchased Energizer watch batteries at 20% off. In the past I have paid $10 to have a battery replaced in one watch. Today I replaced batteries in four watches for under $4.00.
That is a good one. I bought a tool for opening up the back of some watches that don't open with a screwdriver on eBay years ago. It has saved a lot of money. The Movado store wanted $50 to change a watch battery!

I also bought a tool to remove links from better watches for a few bucks. You can do it without the tool sometimes, but risk scratching things and the tool makes it much easier.
My watches don’t use batteries, so my frugality exceeds yours. :D
I don’t own a watch, so my frugality exceeds both of yours.

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Post by munemaker » Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:25 pm

Was traveling the interstate on the way home from a trip. Scored a free shower at a truck stop, instead of waiting until I got home. There was a movie playing in the truckers' lounge, but I had already seen it. No, I am not, nor ever have been a truck driver.

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Post by Will do good » Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:27 pm

Hired a licensed and bonded tree trimmer to cut down my 4' diameter tree (approx 50'+ tall).

Saved myself ten's of thousands in hospital bill for my friends and I, so we don't have to clime up ladders with chainsaws. :sharebeer
Maybe saved my house too, as tree is less than 10' from the house. :D

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Post by dm200 » Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:31 pm

Before I engaged someone to remove a nearly dead big tree from my yard (tree was near both my house and neighbor's), I checked with the County (in Virginia). In Virginia, such tree services are not licensed, so they said I needed to make sure the tree service had BOTH workers compensation and liability insurance. They told me that in some sates and jurisdictions (such as nearby Maryland) these services must be licensed.

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Post by mancich » Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:21 pm

Worked on spring yard clean-up, and collected a ton of small branches and twigs that came down over the winter. Stacked them on the firewood rack behind the shed, and these will come in handy for fire pit fires without having to buy bundles of wood at the gas station or Home Depot.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:53 pm

Built a tomato cage from reused woods. Best and sturdy tomato cage ever. All free.

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Post by HEDGEFUNDIE » Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:09 pm

Avoided the $50/night valet parking at the Del by street parking 300 yards down the street. X 2 nights = $100 saved, enough to cover our Zoo tickets to see the pandas.

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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:47 pm

My husband changed all the filters in our home for free. Best yet, if you buy multiple of them, there’s a discount. I better learn how to change these filters too. It’s seems easy enough to change it.

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Post by dratkinson » Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:46 pm

mancich wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:21 pm
Worked on spring yard clean-up, and collected a ton of small branches and twigs that came down over the winter. Stacked them on the firewood rack behind the shed, and these will come in handy for fire pit fires without having to buy bundles of wood at the gas station or Home Depot.
+1

I was slow to learn that I needed to make doubly sure to have dry kindling.

I have a covered patio, long outside is wall of stacked firewood (removed several large trees), patio ends are open. Had kindling in small pile on the ground well inside patio; thought that was good enough.

Lost power a few weeks back when high winds blew a wet blizzard through. Didn't want to start portable generator (miserable conditions) so decided to ride out first day with just fireplace. Was surprised to discover all my kindling was soaked under wet snow---blizzard blew through covered patio like a wind tunnel, wet snow everywhere.
--It was a minor pain to get a fire going.
--On the plus side, firewood was so dry that surface snow didn't affect it---didn't "pop" while burning.
--Open curtains, a hot shower (NG storage tank WH), cold cereal/milk, 3-way power-fail lights*, battery/dynamo radio** and books made time pass pleasantly enough. (* I have/like the emergency lights made by cs-power, haven't found anything I like better. ** I have/like the Sangean MMR-77 radio, but the MMR-88 seems to be a more highly-rated option.)


Lesson learned. I now keep my kindling in a 5-gallon bucket in garage---small twigs/limbs picked up.


Mountain friends have a small wood rack* in their garage since their main woodpile is so far away. Don't believe I need one of those. (* They reduced their need for quick/dry firewood by installing a 20KW NG automatic generator.)
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Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

Post by dm200 » Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:40 am

dm200 wrote:
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Instead of paying a lawn service, soon my wife will be mowing the lawn ;)
She just did this over the weekend :)

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