I have to tell you that I almost forgot that "Downton Abbey" was on Sunday night. Fortunately I woke up 10 minutes before it started. I will miss it when it ends this season.
Here was Monday's menu:
Breakfast - Oatmeal with a sliced banana,coffee
Lunch - Salad Platter - Lettuce with sliced egg, tomatoes, black olives, cheddar cheese and pepperoni
Dinner - Baked Swiss Chicken served on Rice with Green Beans (Wanted to use up that Swiss cheese that was given to me)
I washed another load of laundry in cold water with minimal detergent. I never use what the manufacturer suggests. My repairman told me to use 1 tbsp. of detergent and it seems to be sufficient for my HE washer. I then hung the load to dry.
It was cold, windy and snowy on Tuesday. Our low was 10 degrees and our high 21. When it gets this cold, it takes forever for me to get warm water out of the faucets. Not wanting to waste that water, I put a large pot under the faucet and let the water run into it. Then I use that water during the day to cook with, clean with, change the water in the fresh flowers that I have right now, to fill up my Keurig coffeemaker and to drink. I would never let it go down the drain because it wastes money. We pay for our water quarterly to the town according to how much we use. We have had bills from $50. up to $ 230.(lawn and garden watering) quarterly. The more we use, the more expensive the bill is. We also just got billed $406.39 by the town and county as part of our yearly property tax bill for our water. So you can see that wasting water is expensive in this household. If you pay for your water, don't waste your money by letting it go down the drain without using it. It saves dollars and it saves the environment.
We have a tankless water heater which saves us many dollars over having a tank that we have to keep heated. Once a year it needs to be drained and cleaned. To do this we gathered 2 hoses, 3 gallons of vinegar, a 5 gallon bucket and a self-priming utility pump which usually comes with another hose. There are tons of tutorials and You Tube videos online on how to do this. My neighbor pays a plumbing company about $200. to do this every year. We did this ourselves for a lot less than that. Our biggest expense was the pump which was bought and paid for 5 years ago. It's usually a January job so that we don't forget it. So we feel good that another yearly job is crossed off our list.
I make my own powdered dishwasher detergent. I was getting low, so I decided to make some just before I started dinner. Turns out I didn't have enough Borax so that went on my errand list for tomorrow. So I will have to add that to the baking soda and washing soda in the jar that I mix it in. I use 2 cups of each item and just mix well. Then I use 1 Tbsp. in the dishwasher per load. It is so much cheaper than buying it in the store especially if you buy the ingredients in bulk at the warehouse club.
Since there was no football on TV, Hubby and I started a new to us jigsaw puzzle that we had in the closet. I stocked on puzzles last spring at our community garage sales for $ .25 - $ .50 each. We love working on them.
I hope you all had a money saving day too.