Wednesday, April 29, 2009

how am I doing?


The other night I was counting to see how many lap quilts I had made for the shut In's. I was right on track, my goal was to have 12 done by December. I needed to get started on May's quilt. I have been doing the tie blankets, but I have not seen any fleece on sale, so I went to my material stash and realized that I had enough squares to make a lap quilt. I have been doing the tie blankets because I can sit in bed and tie while I watch t.v., but I needed to not spend money unless I really needed to.
My freezer is getting almost empty. I might be able to make it until Friday when Rusty gets paid. We can afford food, but once again I have been trying to use what we have. I must say that our meals are getting very creative, but that's o.k. because I have now gotten use to making do with what we have.
I am a material whore. I love material and I could buy it in bulk if I could afford it. I am proud to say that I have not bought any material since I started my no spending diet! I am really getting creative with my quilts, but that is o.k. I also went through my material stash and gave some away. I am down to one crate and it is not even a full crate. I am so proud of myself. I think I have enough material to get one or two more quilts done for the marines and then I will have to buy more material. I also found a ton of material that I bought in hopes of making a quilt for myself. I guess I will finally get around to making that quilt for myself.
Our weather here has been just crazy. Hot one week and then cold the next. I so wanted to turn on the air, but I stopped myself. It is way to early in the year for my electric bill to go up. So instead I packed everyone up and went to the lake to cool off.
This whole no spending diet is very easy. I knew I would do o.k. on this diet, but the whole diet has changed me. This diet has made me realize just how much I do have and just how much I can live without.
I am sure if I asked "older" people that would agree with me. I remember my grandmother reusing everything or just making do with what she had. America has become a nation of consumers and wasters. It still blows my mind that people buy stuff to use once and then they throw it away.

4 comments:

Small Footprints said...

Excellent post ... and congrats on doing so well ... you are a model of what one can do when they put their mind to it. I love how you are getting around things in order not to buy ... and I also love your line "This diet has made me realize just how much I do have and just how much I can live without." Brilliant!

Small Footprints
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Indigo said...

I couldn't agree with you more. I go to the grocery store every three weeks. I manage to stretch 2 weeks worth into three. I use absolutely everything in the freezer and refrigerator. We are not going hungry by any means, we actually eat more and healthier at home than restaurants.

I truly wish others would follow our example. You only buy what you need, when you need it. otherwise reuse, reuse....(Hugs)Indigo

Gerry said...

Since I became a vegan I have begun to realize that I can eat quite a lot more cheaply than I did when I was eating every kind of food there is. The more variety, the more I bought. I think I could still economize more. I know that other people talking about it and doing it inspsires me. I have enough clothes, so now I am getting a lot more selective even with very cheap items. Anyway, I think that we need people like you to keep our focus up, especially in times like these. It is imperative. Sometimes when I throw away my trash I marvel that I could have collected that much packaging, jumk mail, and so on, just one person! We are a very wasteful nation. Gerry

a corgi said...

I'm so proud of you Kelli!! that's great efforts you are doing to save money and use all you can! you should write a book or a pamphlet with all your wonderful ideas! (I'm serious!!) I do hope you get your quilt made some time!

betty

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