Tag Archives: Frugality

Keeping Jeans Neatly On The Hanger

by Tammy Taylor~

Recently while I was hanging up clothes off the line, I pulled out our empty hangers from the closet.  Now I don’t use metal hangers anymore & I haven’t even had them in the house for some 20 years or more.  Back in the day I replaced all those flimsy wire hangers with plastic hangers, typically cheap from thrift stores.  I liked how they don’t tangle up nearly as badly in my closet.  Back then I bought the kid-sized hangers for my children’s childhood-sized clothes too.  When I no longer needed those hangers for kid-sized clothes I looked at the hangers & thought Hummmmm…

Jeans will just slide around on a regular clothes hanger. Come see how I use a child-sized hanger to keep my closet nice & tidy! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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How To Eat Your Compost! Becoming A Food Waste Ninja…

by Tammy Taylor~

Food waste – we all hate it.  We work diligently to make sure none of that food we’ve paid our hard-earned money for is wasted.  But are we doing all we can?  Maybe…  But maybe not!  Have you ever thought about eating your compost?

Stay with me now, I’m not suggesting that you root through the compost heap and snack on its contents.  Today I’m talking about food destined for the compost heap.

Can you eat your compost? Come see ways I've saved food previously destined for the compost pile for delicious use in my kitchen. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Keep That Broccoli Fresh!

by Tammy Taylor~

My baby sis and her hubby came to spend the weekend with us recently.  RancherMan & I planned to grill out since the weather was nice.  I’d also planned to roast some fresh veggies that I had in the fridge.  As my sis & I were in the kitchen I opened the refrigerator door to fetch the broccoli leftover from our dinner party several days ago.  My sister saw how it was contained and exclaimed “That’s BRILLIANT!”  Come see this Homestead Hack for keeping your broccoli fresh.

Keep broccoli fresh and crisp for several days during its storage in your refrigerator. Check out this simple Homestead Hack! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Recipe: Homemade Honey Graham Crackers

by Tammy Taylor~

I recently invited my folks to dinner at our house.  I made cute little individual apple pies baked in canning jars for dessert for them.  But I had 1/2 jar of apple pie filling left and I needed to make sure it got used. Ya know, when that apple pie filling jar starts with the picking of the actual apples, you don’t want to waste any of it!

I decided to use it up making a simple dessert for RancherMan & me.  I’d heat up that apple pie filling, put it on a bed of graham crackers and top it with graham cracker crumbs & whipped cream. Kinda like a quick No-Bake Apple Pie Dessert.  But I didn’t have any graham crackers. So I sat out to find (and of course not follow, lol) a recipe using standard pantry ingredients.

I needed graham crackers for a recipe so I made them myself. I even made them extra honey-flavored! Easy, Inexpensive & Delicious. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Zero-Waste Hygiene: Using A Safety Razor

by Tammy Taylor~

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I’ve been on a journey toward zero waste for years.  Will I ever be truly zero waste?  Probably not.  But I know each step I take is just that much more waste diverted.  One place I was bothered mightily was the sheer waste of disposable razors.

Buy – Use – Throw away – REPEAT… 

And not remembering which replacement heads fit the particular brand of disposable I’d purchased weeks before meant I was replacing the whole shebangie every time. More plastic, more money, even more waste! I wanted to try a safety razor but I was nervous.  Aren’t they dangerous?  Maybe I’ll cut myself?  As it turns out, all those fears were unfounded.  A safety razor has been one of the most awesome (and frankly luxurious) zero-waste steps I’d taken so far.

Lady Gillette safety razor. Safety Razors are a zero-waste option! We've been using vintage safety razors for years with nary a cut. Don't be afraid - they take a little getting used to but they're easy to use! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Safer, Convenient Straight-Pin Storage

by Tammy Taylor~

OK y’all know I’m not a seamstress.  As in, not even a little!  I only sew very basic things such as my repurposed denim baskets or repairing a seam on a favored shirt.  So this may not be a new hint for the more seasoned seamstresses out there, but it sure was a helpful find for me!  And maybe you too?

You see, I have a bundle of straight pins that had been stored in the plastic box they were sold in for years.  I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve stuck myself with a pin trying to retrieve one! But after years of use, the hinge on the old container broke.  So I went looking for an easier yet still-convenient way to store & use my straight pins.  Check out this Homestead Hack, y’all.

I needed a storage solution for my straight-pin supply in my sewing box. It needed to be compact and allow me to safely retrieve my pins. Check out this Homestead Hack! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Fast Food: Remaking Leftover Steak & Veggies

by Tammy Taylor~

Keeping the grocery budget low & eliminating waste is important in the Taylor household.  Oftentimes that means Planned Leftovers.  But sometimes it’s just making Fast Food by reworking leftovers into a brand new dish.

When it’s time to plan a meal I typically look at what I have to be used and build a meal around that.  That way there’s no food waste.  And if I’m using leftovers, the bulk of the meal has already been cooked.  All that’s left is to do is to think outside the box and use a little leftover magic.  Bibbidy-Bobbidy-BOO – let’s see what we can do!

What do you do with leftover steak? Come see my Fast-Food solution of making a new dinner of beef tips & noodles with those leftovers. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Hiding Ugly Planters in Winter

by Tammy Taylor~

It was gonna get into the low 20’s overnight so I brought in 6 plants I’d had outside.  At least they’d be safe from the cold.  But they were planted in repurposed red plastic coffee cans. I needed to put them at a southern window in our guest bedroom.  But ugh, such ugly planters for inside! Check out this easy Homestead Hack for making it all look nicer…  Use Whatcha Got!

When you bring your plants inside for the winter, are you embarrassed by ugly planters? I was! See this Homestead Hack for hiding ugly planters when you bring your plants inside for the winter. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Cute But Inexpensive Diaper Wreath for a Baby Girl

by Tammy Taylor~

I’ve written before about making a diaper wreath for our neighbor’s baby shower.  The gift was well received and was used for decoration during the shower and also decoration in the nursery before the baby was born.  But now my little niece & her hubby were expecting their first baby – a baby girl.  I really wanted to make a diaper wreath for them as well.  They loved it, and I think it turned out cute.

Cute Diaper Wreath Gift For Baby. This gift didn't cost much money but it was hand-made with much love. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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New Year’s Goal: OPT OUT of All That Junk Mail!

by Tammy Taylor~

So a brand new year has begun and there are many resolutions & goals we’re all busy jotting down.  Resolutions & goals making does get a bad rap sometimes, but who doesn’t want their lives to be just a little better than the year before?  I don’t do resolutions since they’re typically so hard to complete.  Read my New Year’s Goals Steps to see what I do instead.  But today I’m focusing on one of the all-year-long goals I have – maybe you do too?

I hate junk mail.  A Lot.  Sure you can typically recycle it, but it’s disheartening how much recycling actually ends up in the landfill even after being sent of to be recycled. Plus it’s a colossal financial waste for those advertising companies as well – I’m never going to buy their goods anyway.  So these days I’m more keenly focused on stopping that junk from hitting my mailbox in the first place.  Thankfully it’s easy.  Come see.

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