Category Archives: Homesteading

Out of Hiding

Hello there! I am finally out of hiding from the holidays and chaos! I did a ton of bargain shopping over the holidays too. I scored big deals on little things at the Dollar Stores in my area which are about four different chains. Plus I ordered alot online using promo codes and free shipping to my family back home.

Overall, a typical Christmas would cost me about $1000-1500, but then again I was married. Now, as a single mom again I spent about $400!  Im happy with that. My son was even happier! I opted for going out for breakfast instead of cooking a huge meal for just the two of us. All in all….I had a good holiday.

Even better………my divorce was final December 18th. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME!

Pressure!

I love my showers water pressure. But in doing some research on how to further save money, I came across the idea of a low flow shower head. Now the average shower head uses 2.5 gal/min while a low flow shower head uses between 1.5-2 gal/min. This clearly can save on my water bill as well as turning down my water heater for a combined significant reduction in costs.

What is your opinion on getting a low flow shower head and have you used one? Which ones have you tried?

Useful Tips top Save on Gas

I was searching Facebook today and came across a post with VERY useful tips about saving at the pump!

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening…your gallon is not exactly a gallon.

A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

When you’re filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. You should be pumping on low mode, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you’re getting less worth for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation.

Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up; most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

Blackout Drapes: Save on Electricity!

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So in researching ways I can save money on my energy bill I came across people mentioning blackout drapes. Now I live in an apartment approx. 890 sqft and two rooms are VERY sunny! Not to mention I’m in Texas where the heat will kill ya. I have branchy trees in front of my windows, a nice view and always kept sheer curtains and my blinds open to enjoy the view. MISTAKE!!

Now that I’m thinking about it, I’ve been wasting so much money and it really bothers me. So my next triumph is to purchase blackout drapes. Walmart has what appears to be nice ones on their website. They are advertised as energy efficient and are sold by the panel. Upon further reading I discovered they have bundles!! Normally $9.97/panel, buy a bundle of 4 panels and save $5.00.

I know where I’m going this weekend! Two rooms, two colors, save $5 and save on my monthly bill too…..can’t get better than that! 🙂