Saturday, August 30, 2014

Breakfast sandwiches

  Trying to get back into a normal routine here ...

These cute little patties are scrambled eggs, cooked in the microwave. (I put a little spritz of cooking spray in each hole.)

 We happen to have a muffin pan made for the microwave, but they could be baked in a regular muffin tin.

The egg patties, paired with some on-sale canned biscuits, and a few slices of deli ham and cheese (already on hand), gave us enough sandwiches  for two meals, for less than the price of one fast-food meal for two. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Decision made: A new chapter

     A big change coming to the casa de chaos ...

     In a decision that turned out to be more emotionally difficult that I thought it would be, I have decided to accept my company's buyout offer, and will be leaving my job.

     A good severance package (which wouldn't be available if I waited for the next round of staff cuts) helped seal the deal.  A bit early, but it still fits into my career plans.

     So, time to batten down the frugal hatches a bit more tightly.  I appreciate the good thoughts as I head into my next adventure.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Decisions to make

Sorry I've been AWOL.

Massive  upheaval at my place of employment, with more to come.  (For starters, the department I work in is being eliminated.) 
In the next day or so, I must decide if I want to apply for a new job within the company or ask for a buyout.
Lots of ifs and no guarantees ..  I could use some good thoughts right now  ...

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Today's tips

   If you are in need of a stick to stir paint, a bamboo skewer (the large ones used for kabobs) works very nicely.

    And if your paint can is a bit rusty around the edges, a layer of plastic wrap placed on top of the  paint will keep out most of the rust particles.

  Actually, it's a good idea to do that when you finish  the original job, should you want to save some paint for touch-ups.  (I'm a slow learner ... ;)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sometimes it's good to have older things

  The locks on one of the cars stopped working ... or so we thought.   Turned out the key, which had been in use for more than a decade now, had worn out.

    Fortunately, it is a basic key ... so a trip to the dealer and less than $10 later, we were back in business.  Much better than the 3-figure price tag for newer car keys that contain electronic gizmos.

   (True story:  A friend's hubby was mugged.  The mugger demanded the car keys.  Now friend's hubby drove a beater  that was old enough to vote.  He handed over the basic key ... the mugger took one look, uttered a curse and threw it back at him.)


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Small frugalities

    A few tiny frugal things around the Casa de Chaos:

     DH was fed at  work the other day, and brought home a box of  bread sticks.  Made a nice snack, and a nice batch of homemade croutons for salad and soup.

    Was thinking I was needed to buy another bottle of hand lotion, when I realized that I had a nice collection of lotion samples on hand.  And I found a few more when I was digging through the bathroom vanity.   I have more than enough to take me into late fall, when I buy a bottle of the "good stuff"  to battle winter dryness.  (Anybody else get really dry skin come winter?)

   We took a short car trip over the weekend. (More on that later).  Car trips for me are a good time to do my mending.  Returned another half-dozen of DH's socks to the rotation. And sent a couple to the rag bin -- some things just can't be mended.