Monthly Archives: March 2018

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 10, Issue 8 – March 4, 2018

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 10, Issue 8 – March 4, 2018

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! March has arrived, and I don’t know about you, but I have spring fever! The first Spring Robin was sighted in my neighborhood yesterday and this morning they were serenading our neighborhood. March came in like a lamb, but it appears that the March Lion is going to roar his way through this week, as a hefty winter storm is approaching the Dakota prairie. It’s ok though, it’s spring – all the right signs are in place, and I’m going to pretend that the weather forecasters are mistaken about the storm. Nothing like spring fever and denial to get a girl through her day!

One of my friends recently asked me how my Minimalism Challenge was going. (Not familiar with this game – check it out: https://www.theminimalists.com/game/ ). We had some great laughs as I shared my trials. There were a lot of things that I learned about myself during the month of January and February. It took all of January to physically touch everything that was “mine” in my bed room. I learned that I used my dresser drawers as storage for more than clothes, and at times it was easier to just close the drawer than to deal with what I had allowed to accumulate. I really needed the time to mentally process what was in there and rev up enough gumption to tackle the problem. January was not perfect, as there were days that I did not acquire the right numbers, but then there were days that I was an over achiever, so I figured it all evened out. In the end, my bed room is more tidy, clean and organized.

As February began, I was still working through my bed room, but this time I was going to strive to hit the correct numbers, each day. Although I am technically still stuck on Feb 17, my cleaning did move along to a hallway closet. I wish I would have taken before and after pictures! Time wise, it took me 2 weeks to go through 5 little linen closet shelves. It came down to the fact that there are only 24 hours in a day, and obviously not all 24 hours can be dedicated to shelf cleaning. I am still playing the game, and I’m curious how long it will take me to complete the February challenge. Next up, the large hallway linen closet. March is always a very busy month for our household, but I figure that if I am still trying, I am winning.

Does your spring fever have you itching for some spring cleaning? I enjoyed this article about why mess causes stress, and their suggestions on how to get the ball rolling on your own decluttering obstacles. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/high-octane-women/201203/why-mess-causes-stress-8-reasons-8-remedies

Maybe your spring fever does not include cleaning. That is perfectly fine. Are you itching for that garden soil therapy? Me, too. Why not try growling year-round strawberries? You could start plants now for this year! https://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-to-grow-strawberries-year-round-for-free.html

Possibly this is the year that you start a compost pile? This article is humorous and contains some solid advice about food waste. At least scroll down to her 3 tips – they are common sense approaches that we can all benefit from. https://earth911.com/home-garden/eliminate-food-waste-before-compost/

And speaking of food waste, if your leftovers have not over stayed their welcome in your fridge, you can certainly recreate some new meals!  I love these weekly ideas on how to cook a couple of large meals and how to rework the leftovers into the meal plan later in the week. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/eat-budget-week-thrifty-suppers-and-leftover-lunches

Still trying to figure out what to do with those bananas that are just too ripe? How about a lovely peanut butter banana granola? http://foodinjars.com/2013/10/peanut-butter-banana-granola/

Green bean fries, anyone? https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/baked-parm-green-bean-fries-3679247

Whew – that’s a lot of into to toss at you all this week! Cleaning, decluttering, gardening, composting, left over delights, and some new recipes. That will probably keep us busy until the next newsletter. I’d love to hear from you on tricks that you’re using to help with your every day hustle. And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, have a great week! Be kind to yourself and others, and keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!