Wednesday, January 12, 2011
We've been having fun with saving here and there. We've always been thrifty but
sometimes it seems we are more thrifty than others. :D Upon being inspired by Cheryl from Holcomb Happenings (link is on my sidebar) I have begun hanging the majority of our clothes up in the livingroom to dry. We have an exercise bar in one of the doorways of the livingroom, another bar running across another doorway and my basket collection across even another doorway. :) I have been hanging two or three loads a day up in this manner and am in hopes of us saving drastically on our gas bill.
Speaking of gas bill, I have also been trying to not use our gas range as much as usual. I've been doing quite a bit of crockpot and woodstove cooking. We use a small electric griddle and roaster as well.
Our electric bill was $58 less this month than one year ago this time. Our temperatures were a bit colder this year as well. By using our wood stove we've really saved a lot! Hey, more money for "junkin'", ya' know! :D We have always been able to find fallen trees and such on people's property and they were always more than happy for us to help "clean up" by getting the trees out of their way. :D We use hickory and oak for burning.
As far as time, it doesn't take much for us to throw a log on the fire and empty the ashes from the stove. The most time is being spent cutting and hauling the wood but we look at it as a great way for us as a family to work together. It's sort of like gardening. It's fun work for us to do together and be together. It builds character and strength as it also teaches living skills.
****Note to Dana: The Little House on the Prairie Survival movie can be seen free off from Youtube. I have the tape here somewhere but found it easier to look it up that way and view it this time. :)
Posted by Susan at 2:09 PM