Turning down the Heat and other Frugal Accomplishments

When I have little babies that like to nurse in the middle of the night I turn the heat up during the winter. What can I say? I’m a wimp when it comes to getting up in the freezing cold middle of the night. Well, my baby hasn’t nursed at night for 6 or 7 months and I just now realized we never turned the heat back down. (Slap forehead!) So, I reprogrammed the thermostat for 55 at night and also turned it down a couple of degrees during the day when it’s just me and the two little ones at home. Hopefully the adjustment will shave a few dollars off the heating bill.

Bought some new plastic for the garden box. I’m hoping to get it set up tomorrow so it can warm the soil for a few weeks before I start planting stuff out there. I’m so excited to start gardening again!

Finished my potholder from last week. I will be making more soon, although I think I’ll do it a little bigger than the pattern. I like the bigger ones I received for my wedding.  Don’t you love the stained/burnt/melted parts on the old one in the picture above? But, considering they have almost 15 years of daily use they’ve held up amazingly!

Set up a new “Daily Responsibility” chart for me and the kids. While not necessarily frugal in itself, when chores are done and the kitchen is clean BEFORE dinner-making time I’m much more likely to cook rather than throw my hands up and break for take-out.

Sliced, Bagged and Ready for the Freezer!

Made more bread. I almost have the whole method and process down. Who knew 6 loaves would be so different from just making 2?

That’s all I can think of for this week.  Check out The Prudent Homemaker’s post for more great ideas for frugal things everyday people did this week.

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5 thoughts on “Turning down the Heat and other Frugal Accomplishments

  1. I wish our house had a programmable thermostat – I could probably drop the heat lower at night once we are actually in bed and then set it to come up before we wake up. I was able to get ours down to 65 at one point but the cold, dry air makes my joint problems even worse. However, with these cold spells that keep blowing through, we’re burning more propane than I’d like so I might have to become the thermostat myself. (I’d invest in a programmable if we weren’t selling and moving in less than 2 months now.)Your bread does look lovely! Looking forward to seeing what you grow in the garden. The seed catalogs this time of year really do perk me up on the grey days. 🙂

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    1. I bet! I loved the one that I had in a house years ago. It made a world of difference in the utility bills, I’m sure. It’s nice to be able to go get cozy and warm in bed and still know that the heat will kick off in a bit. 🙂

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