Monthly Archives: June 2018

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 11, Issue 2 – June 17, 2018

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters and Happy Father’s Day to all our Dad’s out there! I thought today would make a great day to discuss something that is near and dear to my heart, and something that I know a lot of you fellas out there might enjoy, coffee.

Oh, how I love a good coffee! Do you remember the cartoon, Dexter’s Laboratory? My favorite episode was the one where Dexter and Dee Dee discover their parents coffee, in “Topped Off”. I’m sure that we can all relate to that “Ping”. Here’s a brief snippet from that show where the parents get up in the morning and have their first cup, boy can I relate! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZoXep3Ax70

With the rise of new ways to brew coffee and all sorts of new gadgets on the market, it makes one wonder about the overall impact consumers are having. We know that many of the coffee shop “paper” cups are not easily recycled, since they are coated with a plastic resin. According to this article from June, 2017, (https://www.lsretail.com/blog/reduce-waste-grow-loyalty-coffee-shop/) Starbucks sells 4 billion paper cups worth of coffee annually. Of course, there are ways that one can get around the paper cup consumption such as purchasing reusable mugs form your favorite shop, and some shops will fill any mug that you bring in.

Well, hello Father’s Day gift idea! You know, just in case you are still trying to figure out what Dad might like for today – give him a reusable mug and a gift card to his favorite coffee stop. And, honestly 2 refillable mugs are even nicer, as one can be on the go, and the other in the dish rack.

Are you a fan of the K-Cup revolution? I know many people are, and convenience is nice. And I am not going to judge how you get your Cup of Joe, but have you ever thought about K-Cups? In 2014, enough K-Cups were sold that if placed end-to-end, they would circle the globe 10.5 times. Now that it is 2018, just imagine how many rings of K-Cups have circled the earth! Fortunately, there are companies that are thinking forward on this issue. Check out these 5 ideas on how you can make a difference: http://www.sustainableamerica.org/blog/5-ways-to-green-your-k-cup/

My Mom has a reusable K-Cup basket, but she has troubles with finding the right brew. I read in a Consumer Reports article that each machine brand brews at a slightly different temp and time, so finding the right blend of coffee and the correct amount of grounds to match your machine can be a bit of a challenge. So, Mom, keep trying! You’ve got this! YOU can Save the Planet one K-Cup at a time!

So, anyone else into the cold brew coffee? I crave it during the summer. I have bought a few of the store jugs, and I am hooked. So much, that despite my best efforts on recycling, I feel like I need to learn how to brew it on my own and cut down on my waste.  There are lots of recipes and methods to be found on the internet. My next investment is going to be one of those reusable mesh filters that fits into a wide mouthed mason jar. Visions of cold brew coffee just waiting for me in my own fridge, in my own mason jars, is just too dreamy! Do you have a favorite cold brew recipe? Send it my way! In the meantime, try this recipe: https://www.thekitchn.com/big-batch-cold-brew-coffee-257177 , and you, too, can make cold brew into iced coffee just like Starbucks.

Before I let you all go, I have a minimalism game update – I officially finished my February Challenge! I diligently kept track of each item, and can say without a doubt that I completed, and exceeded the 28-day challenge! It was a lot of work, but I am happy with my progress. Life does not just give me time to get to simply clean out closets, but a little work here and there has paid off. I have a long way to go before I can say that I have accomplished clearing from the entire house, but the tortoise pace does work. Game on for July! https://www.theminimalists.com/game/

And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may each of you enjoy celebrating with the fathers in your life. If you’re a Dad, enjoy your day. Enjoy your coffee. Don’t take it for granted. Mindfully enjoy each glorious coffee filled moment! Remember to be kind to yourself and each other and keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!

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Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 11, Issue 1 – June 3, 2018

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters and Happy June! I don’t know about you, but I have no idea where the entire month of May disappeared too. I am sure that May was a wonderful month. One of the highlights from this previous month was that the Thrifty Sisters was featured on a local television show. We talked about how the Thrifty Sisters originated and some of the highlights of our newsletter. It was too bad that it was such a short interview, as I had prepared all sorts of great chit chat about how to help our viewers out, but alas, time went too fast – just like the month of May!

In case anyone is still curious about how my February Minimalism Challenge has been going, I still claim that slow and steady is winning the race. My tortoise pace is gaining ground, as I can now say that I have only 13 items left to fully completed the February challenge. Not familiar with this game – check it out: https://www.theminimalists.com/game/ On one hand, I am super stoked to be clearing clutter. On the other hand, I am stunned at what I have collected over the years, and the things (and reasons) why items are still hanging out in my closets.

It really does boil down the keeping only the things that you love, and I have not missed any of the donations that I have made. Are you looking for a bit more motivation on how to create a clutter free environment? Read this short article about this author’s 3 ways of winning the clutter war: https://earth911.com/living-well-being/clear-the-clutter-stop-organizing-and-just-have-less-stuff/

Although, periodically, one comes across an item that they used to love but stored it away for one reason or another. Possibly it was due to space, or maybe it needed repair. Our Big Sis has a story about this!  I called her on her birthday, and she was so excited to share with me her amazing fix-it hack, and I am so proud of her accomplishment!

Lynn writes, “Drinking espresso tonight after a few years off. This is the model of my ancient beast (“Krups Novo”), that got me through my doctorate, logistics support engineering career, and last half of my USArmy Reserve tour (Gulf War). I gave up on it, thinking I would never be strong enough again to close it into the lock position. It was always said that closing this takes strength, even when new, and it just got impossible. No close, no proper shot. This is SO simple a device, however. I just couldn’t believe I had to give up on it. Are you already ahead of me? Yup. I took some olive oil and greased the bare metal contact points where the handle twists into place to lock the grounds. Done. Works better than new. Easy. Argh! Why did I wait so long to find this trick? [I used to hang out on coffee chat rooms and bulletin boards in the early days of internet and I NEVER read anyone saying to try this! I hope to not have to replace the espresso machine for a long time yet.”

Yippee for olive oil saving the day! Maybe this is starting to turn those creative wheels for the rest of us that have kitchen items that are just too “stuck” to turn correctly? Because who wants to use WD-40 on your food prep items?

Speaking of gadgets that plug in, it is that time of year to start reminding ourselves how to save on electrical “waste”. With summer heat looming, we need to be careful about the amount of “pull” we are taking. Don’t forget that even when your electronic devices are turned off, they are still drawing small amounts of power if they are plugged into an outlet. Not only is this wasted energy, but you’re also paying for it. Stop wasting money and resources by plugging your devices into a power strip and clicking the strip off when you’re not using them. Or, if you want to keep it simple, just unplug electronics from the outlet when they’re not in use.

It’s that time of the newsletter to share some yummy recipes! Even though apple season is not exactly upon us, it is summer, and that means all sorts of scrumptious apple desserts are waiting for us. Check out this link for 8 recipe ideas to use with your apple peels, including jam, tea, apple twigs, wine and smoothie ideas: http://tiphero.com/ways-to-use-apple-peels/

And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you each have a wonderful start to June and enjoy each day that our summer season offers. Enjoy the opportunities that you provide to yourself to make your living space more enjoyable, feel free to try out the olive oil hack, and start using those apple peels! Be good to yourself and each other and keep on keepin’ it thrifty and fun!