Just wanted to share a couple of links on the hot topic of frugality.
From the lovely Trace in the comments – Love Food, HateWaste – an official campaign that aims to "raise awareness of the need to reduce the amount of food that we throw away, and how doing this will benefit us as consumers and the environment". There’s money saving and storage tips, recipes for pesky leftovers and a guide to stocking a store cupboard. Looks like a goodun, but where’s the Honey Jar Ring? The stray peppercorns and couscous grains rolling round the bottom?
Via SJ comes an article by Alanna Kellogg at BlogHer – How To Save Money On Groceries. Personally I’ve found shacking up with a vegetarian really slashes the food bills. Animal parts can be expensive. Lentils and beans are cheap, if you can tolerate the changes in the atmosphere while your digestive system learns to cope. Bwahaha.
Spooky Mulder. I was typing the above on Friday evening when suddenly! A wee lady appeared at the door from a market research company. "I just need one more survey then I can go home for the weekend," she pleaded with her clipboard and puppy-dog eyes.
These people always come to our door. I think the word got out last year when I was home writing. I’d let anyone in – religious callers, charities, electricity companies, the radio ratings people – anything to get away from That Stinking Book for ten minutes.
Anyway, I caved again. After asking my opinions on stamps from Northern Ireland, nanotechnology, lifeboats and Scottish football sponsors… the next topic was FOOD WASTE!
Did I waste food?
Did food waste upset me?
Had I heard of Love Food Hate Waste?
Where did you hear about Love Food Hate Waste?
Would you believe they didn’t have an option for "Heard About It In My Blog Comments".
How freaky cool was that? I was so blown away by this strange coincidence that I watched Saturday Night Fever on DVD instead of finishing this entry.
Where were we?
Ahh, links. This one illustrates the fine line between thrift/ingenuity and outright tightwaddery. It’s the remnants of Merrick and Rosso’s TightArse Tuesday Guestbook from 2000. Back then Merrick & Rosso were on Australia’s Triple J network and one of their segments was Tightarse Tuesday, in which listeners submitted hilarious tales of penny pinching. It helps if you can read the entries in your best Aussie accent.
Ben from Launceston:
I have a mate, named Brad, who went to buy his girlfriend a ring for her birthday, all well and good, then he decided he might get it engraved. He went to the ‘engravers’ and was told it was $3.00 to start and then twenty cents per letter. He thought this was a little steep, so instead of writing "I will love you forever" he thought he would save a bob and got "I’ll luv u 4eva", so he only paid for twelve letters instead of 19. Thus saving a hole $1.40.
Gillian from Gladstone:
Dad, who is now 96, bought a pair of slippers on special, as you do, but unfortunately they were 2 sizes too big. No drama, just cut the ends off them and staple them together. They now match the other pair of Specials in his shoe closet which were too small and he cut out the toes on them. Can’t beat a bargain can you!!!
Brownyn from Launceston:
Have i got a rippa tight arse story for u.
My mum is the ultimate tight arse. She collects barcodes from packets of biscuits, canned food etc, in case one day they have a competition. She wont have to go out and buy the products to collect the barcodes ‘hey presto’ she’s already got them.
Taryn from Drysdale:
The people down the road from us had their letterbox broken by some (extremely intoxicated) locals. Instead of bying a new one, they’ve just gone, "oh no, hang on, we’ve got an old microwave out here we’re not using, let’s use that instead." So they’ve got their big old box-of-a-microwave out on the roadside as the letterbox. And the posty uses it.
Briony from New Lambton Heights:
Two "elderly" people were in the ‘egg isle’ of a supermarket and these two people were taking the free-range eggs out of the free-range carton and putting them in the battery egg carton so they could have free-range eggs at the price of battery eggs.
Anyone got a tightarse tale to share?