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    Default Frugal Challenge--January 4-10

    Thought I'd get us started on this first full week of 2009!

    1/4/09:
    ~ Lights off--using natural light
    ~ Lunch will be sandwiches
    ~ Supper will be sloppy joes at home
    ~ Doing light housework today--laundry in cold and will likely dry these in the machine. I have a couple of other loads to do and will air dry those.
    ~ Watching NFL playoff games and reading for entertainment
    ~ Only driving should be to church
    ~ Working on cleaning up scrapbooking space
    ~ Also going to work on making some cards--using up my scrapbook supply stash!!!!!
    ~ Only spending today should be a check for the collection plate at church!

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    ~no spend day. It was too cold and windy to go into church so we saved on gas.
    ~lights off when not in use
    ~heat turned down
    ~had deer sausage for lunch (free)
    ~made binding for baby quilt with pieces of material I had

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    Breakfast was leftovers. mmmm. Lunch was a free for all. Cooking ham for dinner. will make cookies later. Lights out until dark, then one at a time. One load of dishes in dishwasher open door on dry cycle. no spend day.

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    ~doing laundry in cold except for dh work pants
    ~all meals at home
    ~only $ spent was to fill up car for the week ($20)
    ~made a cake for snacks for the week
    ~thermostat at 64
    ~clipped coupons from the paper
    ~cleared out magazines to donate to my friend's preschool class
    ~basically just a nice day at home!

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    -stayed at home..no gas/no spend
    -made sourdough bread
    -cut out coupons...ready to do rite aid scr & 1 refund tomorrow on the way home from work
    -lights off as soon as it got light outside
    -added a little more coffee to the grounds from yesterday to make coffee this morning

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    1 load of laundry in cold (had to do DH work uniforms in hot)
    hung up laundry (DH went in dryer for least amoutn of time)
    freebies from dad
    all food from home
    gave myself a manicure
    washed dishes by hand
    tracked receipts
    used free online site for weight help.

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    1/4:
    ~Ate breakfast and lunch at home so far.
    ~Made brownies, cookies, and an apple pie for snacks for hubby and the kids tonight and through the week.
    ~Planned hubby's lunch for tomorrow, so proud of him for switching to brown bagging it.
    ~Went walking with my youngest this morning, got my excercise in and got to spend quality one on one time with him.
    ~Lights are off for most of the day.
    ~Working on my weight loss journal, watching Storm of The Century for entertainment.
    ~Planned dinner for tonight and tomorrow. We're doing lasagna, salad, and garlic bread.
    ~Staying home today. Hubby is going to the grocery store across the street to get some milk, bagels, and hamburger meat.

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    Kept all lights off until dark
    Drove car less than 1 mile for paper $1.50 spent
    laundry in cold, hanging to dry in laundry room.
    Supper tonight left over chili

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    All meals at home
    dinner: soup from turkey bones
    drove to get papers $4.50 no spend/no drive otherwise
    shoveling snow for exercise
    heat at 65 degrees
    will cut out coupons soon
    bake banana bread and maybe cookies

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    ~put plastic over the windows to keep cool air out
    ~all meals at home
    ~My sister gave DS#1 an older vehicle that she no longer needs. It needs a tune-up and some minor work, but it was FREE and DS#1 should be proud of that.

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    1/4/09
    *stayed home so no spending and no gas used
    *dinner was yams, steak and odds and ends of veggies
    *make crock pot turkey chow mein and froze for dinner on Friday or Saturday. Turkey was in freezer from Thanksgiving
    *Used up more freezer turkey, ends of veggies in the fridge to make soup stock. Froze it for making soup later in the month. I will be away until Thursday night so did not want stuff to go to waste
    *used up lemons in fridge in a pot of HM ice tea. Really good
    *put all veggie scraps into compost pile. never did this before so we will see how it really works out!
    *more eggs from chicks today
    *washed in cold, did use dryer
    *tried on clothes to figure what I still need for work.
    *Will stop posting shortly and sew button on one of my suits.

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    Sunday 01/04:

    ~stayed home, no spending
    ~cleaned out inside of DH's work truck and found a box a co-worker had given him with 1 gallon hand and body soap, 2 gallons conditioning shampoo, and 64 bars of french milled soap. All were from a business/hospital supply center that coworker's wife works at and were discontinued brands given to the employess. I won't have to buy soap or shampoo this year!
    ~all lights off during day
    ~heat on 60
    ~planned errands to run tomorrow

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    ~ stayed home
    ~ all meals at home
    ~ pretzel bread from scratch
    ~ desserts from scratch
    ~ laundry in cold with homemade laundry detergent
    ~ heat at 64
    ~ small potatoe scraps to the dog
    ~ planned meals for the workweek in my head from leftovers
    ~ read and trolled on the net for entertainment
    ~ washed out baggies
    ~ prepped DS#1s lunch for today
    ~ excersized at home with no fancy equipment
    ~ only spent money on a bill

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    I'm going to try posting at lunch - so this is from yesterday up until today at noon....

    *Sewed up holes in my pockets in my winter jacket (IMO, a $200 jacket shouldn't have the buttons about to fall off and holes in the pockets after two years, but that's another rant)
    *Ate half my meal when we ate out last night, took the other half for lunch today
    *Kept the heat down at 65 during the day
    *Took my own coffee to work this AM
    *We spent a boatload of money yesterday on a TV - but we did save $140 on the TV by buying a floor model in clearance, and $20 by driving to BJ's to pick up a Bluray player for cheaper than they had it at Best Buy ($279 vs $299). We did NOT buy a new receiver (using my MIL's old one, power button is broken but can be jimmied with a pencil) or speakers (using my parents old speakers from the 1970's). The receiver and speakers DH wants are $1500 for both, maybe we'll get those next Christmas.

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    Monday 01/05:

    ~heat on 60
    ~laundry in cold, 1/2 detergent
    ~stuck to list for grocery/household spending this week (only 1 item LOL)
    ~ran errands for grandmother and myself. she watched kids and served us all dinner - so I didn't have to cook!
    ~no money spent OOP
    ~all lights/electronics off during day, cutting off lights when not in use tonight

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