Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
- labor -- we found a contractor through Menards. They have contractor contact sheets available in the flooring section; we could scan and find someone who did carpet, and see how much they charged. Wallie Zimmerman was our man; the biggest difference was that he charged $2.50 a step; Home Depot charged $8.50 a step. Total charge for laying the carpet, including removal of the old carpeting, $515;
- materials -- Wallie was able to get padding through a wholesaler for $225. Menards had carpeting on sale, 54 cents a square foot. Total cost of 1,000 square feet was approximately $650.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Several years ago my husband and I went to lunch at a great local restaurant. We both ordered the grilled veggie sandwich. They were delicious, but cost $8.95 each! As we enjoyed the food I realized I could make this for far less at home. I paid special attention to the ingredients. It has been a successful recreation ever since, and for far less than $8.95 per sandwich. Here is what to do:
- gather assorted veggies (great way to eat up leftovers) and saute them in olive oil for about 4 minutes. The more variety in color the better. I usually opt for onions, garlic, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, spinach and or summer squash;
- toast a bun or roll, again you can use what is on hand or on special at the store;
- apply pesto (I use a pre-made jar purchased at Target; their price is extremely low, less than $2) to the bread.
- Pile on veggies and drop a few clumps of fresh mozzarella on the veggies; and
- Place in toaster oven or under the broiler for a few minutes.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
- there is a small IGA on the main street, selection is okay, but produce was more limited than I expected;
- Saturday mornings, April - October, there is a small farmers market in town. I got fresh onions, garlic, mushrooms, and apple mint for tea -- total cost, $2;
- Fresh baked bread was purchased Saturday morning from the rack at the Egg Toss as well as some pastries for dessert that evening;
- Fish -- the highlight was buying smoked trout from a local fish market (Bodin's) -- it is located on Lake Superior. And the fish, well, it was superior -- cost $3.58!
- Treats -- Your sweet tooth does not need to be neglected on a trip to Bayfield. Again, on the main street, is a delightful candy shop that sells ice cream, chocolates, taffy, baked goods, etc. It is open until 9pm, unless, like me you attempt to open the door not knowing 9pm has passed (easy to do around the long days of the Solstice) and the owners open back up to sell you an ice cream cone; for $2!
- Walk around the small town and simply soak in the slow pace and natural beauty of the area -- facilitated if you go with a camera in hand;
- Bike -- no need to bring yours, there is a small bike rental shop with great service;
- Hike -- we spotted a few trails we plan to do when the kids are tad bit older; and
- Island hop -- take the ferry to Madeline Island where you can bike, walk, hike, swim (if it is warm enough). This was the most expensive "attraction" we paid for....$12/adult. We left the car on the mainland, otherwise it would have been an additional $25.
Friday, June 24, 2011
The honeymoon -- the part of a wedding that appealed to me the most. I love to travel, and a marriage is a great excuse to take a vacation. When negotiating the terms of our wedding, I pushed hard for a planned elopement abroad. My husband pushed back with a destination elopement, but contained to the borders of Wisconsin. We went back and forth, his argument prevailed. We were married on the lawn of the courthouse in Washburn, Wisconsin and stayed that week in a cabin just outside of Bayfield, Wisconsin. Here are a few ways to save money on the honeymoon portion of your wedding:
- marry and honeymoon in the same location;
- plan your honeymoon trip during the off season for your destination;
- lodging should contain a full kitchen -- if you like to cook you can drastically cut expenses by dining in;
- consider a volunteer or "work vacation" -- you can see some amazing parts of the world for less, and maybe even get some sort of tax deduction;
- select a location that offers inexpensive or free entertainment; think hiking, biking, free or low cost museums, music festivals, etc.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
- choose an outdoor venue, preferably one in a public park or venue as well as family/friend properties. Locations included the Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin, where a May wedding was conducted among the blooming lilac trees. Another was conducted on the steps of the State Capitol Building in Madison, Wisconsin. And a third was on a lake pier where the couple had vacation property. The cost was minimal to none, the scenery amazing, and the setting intimate. You run the risk of mother nature throwing you a curve ball, but small tents are inexpensive. Nature centers, public gardens, and family homes abound....consider your options.
- bring the outdoors in. When looking for decorations look no farther than the local park or field. I've seen amazing things done with twigs and a single bud as well as decorating with flowering vegetable plants. You can even place a single potted flower on the table as decoration, and it can double as a wedding favor for those green thumbs on your guest list.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
- postpone the purchase until reaching a significant milestone in your marriage. I read a memoir of a women about having two children. She too had rejected the idea of an engagement ring. Then, after 10 years of marriage, two children, a home purchase, and the launching of two careers, a ring was purchased;
- buy a fake or antique diamond;
- buy a stone other than a diamond; or
- use a family heirloom.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
- 1/4 cup popcorn;
- 1/4 teaspoon salt; and
- 2 teaspoons oil (book recommends peanut or vegetable).
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
- June 21st (1st day of summer);
- September 24th (Public Lands Day);
- November 11-13 (Veterans Day Weekend).
Monday, June 13, 2011
- proceeds help worth causes; and
- recycles items that would otherwise be tossed into a landfill
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
- saute 1 large onion (peeled and diced), 1 glove garlic (peeled and crushed), and 1 piece of fresh ginger (grated) in 1 tablespoon sunflower oil;
- after about 3 minutes add 3/4 cup red lentils and 5 cups vegetable stock;
- bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer;
- simmer for 30 minutes;
- chop a handful of cilantro, toss in before serving.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
- heat frying pan;
- put down ring and spray with cooking spray;
- break egg in dish, stir, pour into ring;
- add chopped veggies (peppers, mushrooms, spinach, or onion work well) and shredded cheese;
- flip egg;
- slide on to waiting bagel;
- after cooling put in freezer bag.
Monday, June 6, 2011
- camp (assuming if you purchase equipment that you will either use it many more times or sell it and re-coup your costs);
- exchange homes (search google for web sites);
- go in the off season;
- stay with friends or family;
- check to see if local college dorms rent rooms in the summer; or
- seek out a hostile.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
- sweep instead of a vacuum;
- push lawn mower instead of a power mower;
- grass clippers instead of a weed wacker;
- doing dishes by hand instead of using the dishwasher;
- wisking instead of the electric blender; and
- walking instead of driving.
Friday, June 3, 2011
- Tent Sale at Hospice Thrift Store - EAST side location on June 4th and 5th. Celebrating its first anniversary, everything in the tent will be $5. In the past I've found several nice household items at the west side Hospice Thrift Store, including a bread machine;
- Used book sale benefiting the Friends of Sequoya Library, Saturday, June 4th, 9-4 at Westgate Mall. A great way to find some summer reading material for pennies and benefit a worthy organization; and
- Free admission to all Wisconsin State parks, forests, and trails, Sunday June 5th. Nature in all its summer splendor for free!