It’s one thing to say as a family, “We’re committed to paying off our mortgage.” It’s another matter entirely to have that creed trickle down from words to effortless action.
I’m feeling like my hands are finally following my head and heart in this manner… and all without the “work” that comes when you first commit to such an endeavor.
Examples? Heading to the library website instead of Amazon, reading more stories and watching less TV, eating what we have in the freezer, reconnecting with family instead of searching out entertainment.
Yup, good week.
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Wise Money Management
This week I saved money by using our fancy-pants alkaline charger to re-energize batteries.
This thing is seriously awesome. Totally up there with digital library loans in the why-don’t-more-people-know-about-this category.
How an alkaline charger works:
- Toss your tired batteries into the charger — You can fit 4 AA, AAA, C, D, or 1 9v (in the center slot)
- Slide the selector switch — Alkaline, Ni-Mh, Ni-Cd
- Go do something important for a couple of hours. Voila! Your batteries are charged. Feels great, doesn’t it?
Tips for using an alkaline charger:
- In our experience, generic batteries actually recharge better than name brand alkaline batteries.
- Make sure to leave your freshly charged batteries out on a paper towel for a few hours before popping them into expensive electronics. Occasionally a battery will leak after charging. Toss those & don’t use them 😉
- Alkaline batteries won’t keep recharging cycle-after-cycle forever. However, you’ll get several cycles before they give up the ghost.
Snag your own alkaline charger and stick it to the man!
We got all wild and crazy and bought “bulk” new york steaks from a local grocery. (Since when is 17lbs of steak considered “bulk”?!) We saved $1 per pound by buying it this way.
The downside? The fat rind on the un-packaged steaks was significantly thicker than the pretty-package variety. My awesome hubs cut off the excess with his trusty moose knife. After weighing the fat, we discovered that we only saved a couple of bucks by going with the bulk purchase.
I’m planning to render fat for soap making. I haven’t yet used tallow in soap, but I’m hoping that it will work well.
How did you manage money wisely this week?