Turn Your Waste Into Want

I used to do a post on Wednesday’s called Wednesday Waste.  But honestly I have gotten so particular about waste, I mean to the point where the Z Man gives me the side eye and just grins, and I know he is thinking “what is she doing now”.  It got to the point where I really didn’t have much to talk about in the waste posts, or so I thought.

Kitchen waste in the past year has minimized because of our chickens.  They get all of my vegetable scraps, well the ones that don’t get tossed into the freezer for soups.

Anything that doesn’t go to the chickens or freezer and isn’t meat goes into the compost pile.

Anything that is safely burnable goes into the kindling box.

However, as with most things, there is always room for improvement.  I know I’m doing better than I was a year ago, but honestly, I’m just scratching the surface compared to some.  Take a look at the picture below.  This is taken by another Non Consumer Advocate follower.  She turns her chicken feed bags into reusable tote bags.  This is genius!  I fell in love with this idea as soon as I saw it and immediately contacted Dawn and asked if I could share it.  She takes 50lb feed bags and turns them into something reusable instead of them ending up in the landfill.  I love it!

This idea gives full credit to thinking outside the box and that there is always room for improvement.  The point of my Wednesday Waste post was to cut back on waste, which was fine, but now my perspective has been changed, thanks to Dawn.

How can I turn my waste into a want?  That needs to be asked along with how can I keep this out of the trash.  After all, they say one mans trash is another mans treasure.

Thank you Dawn for allowing me to share your picture, and giving me a new perspective on waste.

Now, I’m off to feed the chickens and make some bags.

Till Next Time,

Lori

I Love My Tervis Cup

Every weekday I use my Tervis cup to carry tea to work and then I continue to fill it with water through out the day.  But, sadly one morning before leaving for work I sat my cup on top of the car and it slid off and broke the lid.  Not Cool!

I’m a creature of habit, and I know that comfort is very important to me also.  We all know that water consumption is one of the key elements to good health and I probably fill my 24 oz water cup 4 or 5 times a day.  I have tried drinking from different cups and bottled water and it’s just not the same which results in me not drinking enough water.

So, off to Bed Bath and Beyond I went with coupon in hand and purchased a new lid for my Tervis cups.  (I have 2 that I alternate between, one was a gift and one I purchased at a thrift store in Texas for $1)  Anyway…. I was making conversation with the clerk ringing me up and told her about the cup falling off the hood of the car and that I was lucky only the lid had broken.  She said “Tervis cups have a lifetime warranty, you could just bring it back here for replacement”  I said, “I didn’t buy the cup here”, and she said “That’s ok, we can still replace it for you”

Now, while I’m not real keen on returning something back to a store I did not purchase it from, I do think contacting the manufacturer would be a good alternative.  Oh, and the warranty does not cover the lids.

These cups retail for around $25 so for a creature of habit like myself to continue to get the proper amount of water in daily, this guarantee is good news.  Very Cool!

Also noted, I could have  just flipped the cup over to see that it reads “lifetime guarantee”   Ahem (eyes rolling),  not exactly a lightbulb moment for me 🙂

I’m often guilty of not considering manufacturers warranties before replacing something.  This is a good lesson for me to start doing that.  Or even better considering the company’s reputation and warranty policy prior to making purchases.  I certainly would pay a higher price for something of better quality and lifetime warranty.

Drink up friends!!!  By the way, the reason the water in my cup looks a little brown is because it had a little leftover tea in the cup when I filled it up.  It’s not bourbon, I promise 😉

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Till Next Time,

Lori

Week Two, Done!

It’s been two full weeks of taking my break from wine.  So far, this is what I’ve experienced.

The first week:

  1. I had a dull headache for the first 3 or 4 days.
  2. I drank just as many grape juice spritzers each evening as I did glasses of wine.
  3. Even my, oh let’s call it “bathroom time” was minimal at best and very uncomfortable for about a week.
  4. I had bad dreams almost every night.
  5. And, every day around 4:00 in the afternoon I would become a bit sad.

The second week:

  1. I noticed two beautiful sunrises, and thought to myself, “hey I noticed those and smiled”
  2. I cut back on the grape juice spritzers.
  3. “Bathroom time” became a bit more regular, thank GOD!
  4. Sleep got a little easier, with the help of some chamomile tea
  5. The 4:00 hour became a little easier
  6. The weekends felt a little longer, but if I’m being honest perhaps a bit boring too.
  7. My week at work was more pleasant in some weird way.
  8. I’m smoking less (go figure!)  of course that could be because it’s cold as crap and I don’t want to go outside!

That’s it….  that’s where I am now.  My 30 days ends on February 14th.   I KNOW RIGHT!!!  Valentines Day.  I don’t know how I feel about that yet, we’ll see.

All in all, I’m still feeling pretty good about it.

Take care,

Lori

Emotions Can Be Dangerous…

First let me apologize for not having posted in what seems forever.  I’ve missed it so much!  I believe this post will give you some insight as to why it’s been so long…

How can emotions be dangerous especially to your financial goals you ask?

Ok, so maybe you’re not asking, but I’m back to the blog world now and have a lot to share. 🙂

The harvest season (meaning the over time pay season) at my job begins in April and ends in October.  This is the time of year that I count on to bank some extra money.

Let me interject here that this is a very high paced, service and retail oriented business.  With that, comes all the stresses that you could imagine.

I’m not complaining, let me just say that I am very thankful for my job, all 6 days a week of it.  But, I am tired.  We are all tired and are already looking forward to fall.   And, I’ll admit that there is something a little sad about wishing your summer away.  But, it is what it is.

Anyway…  The Zman and I have given ourselves a 5K financial goal this year.  Meaning we want to save an additional $5,000 over our current savings into retirements, and other savings.

But, let me tell you how I just about blew the whole plan!!!  You’re about to read how emotions can be dangerous, especially to your finances!

It all started on Monday…

The ZMan was working night shifts this week, which means we pass in the morning before and after work with just enough time to kiss hello and goodbye.  😦

When I get to work, the phone starts blowing up with customers needing and wanting and complaining and praising and you name it we had it going on.  The full spectrum of a customer bringing us homemade chocolate chip cookies to being called every name in the book and crying.  It makes for a l-o-n-g  day.  A long week, a long summer!!!

Earlier this year The ZMan and I had decided to pass on our annual beach trip this year to work on our $5K challenge.  (I know poor me, right!)   Well…..

By Monday afternoon I had decided that we were in fact going to go on our annual beach trip, but not only that… we were also going to go out and buy a truck and a camper so we could go on our annual beach trip, because I didn’t want to stay in a cabin anymore.  And, well I deserve it because I work hard, and people can be mean, and I’m tired, and I need a break and I and I and I and I and I……

Yep, I was ready to wipe out our entire savings, and take out a loan to finance our well deserved camper and truck so we could go on a week long beach trip.   It was going to be great, and honestly I thought it was the best idea ever.  No matter the cost and giving up a full week of pay with overtime to do it, it is going to be GREAT!!!

 

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Oh Yea, I can feel the sand under my feet and taste the salt in the air now……

 

Sidebar here….        I have done this before.  Several years ago I made plans for us to go camping and reserved a spot in the campground at the beach for a camper that we didn’t even own yet.  Then we bought our camper for our vacation.   The lady taking my reservations asked me what size camping site I needed to fit my camper in and she got a real big kick out of the fact that I was reserving a spot for a camper that we didn’t own yet.  I suppose size does matter sometimes 🙂

Anyway….   back to my story…   I came home from work and gave The ZMan every good reason why we needed to do this, could afford it and would save money in the years to come because of it.  Heck, it’s like an investment!

He was an absolute saint to me.  He listened and agreed that yes he thinks we deserve a nice vacation too.  So….

We were looking at campers and trucks, and talking about what kind we wanted.   I was making dinner, having a glass (or three) of wine, beginning to relax, and even getting excited for us getting new toys and going on a great vacation.  I was feeling so much better, having fun even.

That’s when The ZMan (the Saint) blindsided me with the sweetest voice and loving eyes and said “but Babycakes (that’s me by the way), what about our $5K plan?”

That one question set my world right again.  I immediately looked up to the sky and thanked GOD for loving us.  I am blessed with a perfect life with the love of my life and sometimes I forget that.  The ZMan absolutely talked me right off the ledge.  Well, he did more than talk, but that’s between me and him 😉

I am blessed with a Husband that loves me enough to understand and even entertain my emotional (crazy) splurge ideas and take part in honest conversations about how great this or that might be, and then bring me back home to what is really important to us.  Our future together.

No our life might not “seem” perfect to others because we work hard, eat leftovers, hang our clothes on the line to dry, recycle, repurpose and reuse, shop at Goodwill, drive older cars, heat our house with a wood stove, and try to find more ways to save.

But, we think it’s perfect, and that’s all that matters to us.

So, we will not be buying a camper or truck, and we are sticking to the plan and passing on going to the beach this summer.

Thank you so much for letting me share my little story with you, I hope you enjoyed it.  I’ve missed blogging and can’t wait to get back to it full on.

Y’all Take Care!

Lori