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Just curious as to what others are doing.

Do you use reuseable bags when grocery shopping?

Hang your clothes outside on a line to dry?

Do you have a rain barrel?

Grow any of your own veggies and/or fruits?

Do you Make your own yogurt or butter?

Make mixes from scratch instead of buying pre-packaged mixes?

Are you fermenting? Sprouting?

Do you have a compost bin? Practice water conservation?

Have you switched to more energy efficient appliances, light bulbs, etc.?


Share with us what you have done, are doing, or hope to do. We want to know.

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I will not be following the Portugese water conservation method.

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I do use reusable bags, and repurpose the plastic ones from the store if we end up with some of those. We recycle as well with other items but don't compost (yet).

We changed out all the lightbulbs this past year and I've definitely noticed a difference in our bill. Well at least I did before the hot summer hit . We're replacing all our kitchen appliances soon, as well as our furnace and CA. All those will be energy star rated.

Aside from that, we've been making a big effort to eat healthier. I don't really buy many preprocessed things anymore with regards to mixes and boxed items. I cook from scratch as much as possible. And boy has my grocery bill jumped from it too! But it's necessary because of health problems here. I'm researching now about which grain mill is the best to get. I want to grind my own flour
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I will not be following the Portugese water conservation method.
Can you explain as I'm not sure what that is?

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...I'm researching now about which grain mill is the best to get. I want to grind my own flour
I grind my own flour. I use Prairie Gold 86 for my wheat flour (for yeast recipes) and Soft White Wheat (aka Pastry Wheat) for non-yeast recipes like pie crusts, cookies, muffins.

I also grind my own cornmeal. I use plain popping corn (bought in 25lb bags) and then just grind it to make the cornmeal.

My mill is a Whisper Mill and I love it!!!

Dh bought it for me a few years ago with a tax refund along with a Bosch Mixer/blender/food processor. I use the mixer with the dough attachment to mix and knead my dough unless I want to take out some frustration then I knead it by hand. lol The mixer holds 20 cups of flour. I don't put that much in my bread loaves but when I make bread dough, it holds enough to make 6 loaves. ... which I make bread once a week.

Nothing like homemade bread hot and fresh from the oven slathered with homemade butter. YUM!!

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Thanks Laura! It's definitely a work in progress but here's my answers.


Do you use reuseable bags when grocery shopping? I try to but of course the plastic bags work great for diaper duty and I take a bag full back to the recycle bins at the store if the drawer gets overfilled. We use them for quite a few different things so I don't feel completely bad for getting them at times!

Hang your clothes outside on a line to dry? No, but I've thought about it recently.

Do you have a rain barrel? We have a barrel, but it's not setup yet... Going to put it on DH's honey do list for this week!

Grow any of your own veggies and/or fruits? Our garden has tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, dill... We had a lot more variety last year and got a later than usual start this year... I'm hoping that we'll get some of those garden boxes for next season since DH gets plenty of good wood (shipping boxes) from work at times.

Do you Make your own yogurt or butter? No.

Make mixes from scratch instead of buying pre-packaged mixes? No... The coupons/sales make the stuff too cheap to try to make my own!

Are you fermenting? No. Sprouting? No.

Do you have a compost bin? No compost bin, but we did recently start a compost pile. Practice water conservation? We try to... But with a baby and a teenager... Easier said than done at times! lol

Have you switched to more energy efficient appliances, light bulbs, etc.? We replaced all of our regular bulbs years ago. I recently found bulbs for the chandelier, but until the price comes down... I only bought 1 for now and will replace the rest all in good time. Once the washer or dryer bite the dust, I'm begging DH for front loaders! Of course he keeps fixing the current ones so who knows when that'll be?!
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We do reusable bags, all CFL's for lights and our appliances are new so they are energy star. I wish organic food was lower in price and we would buy more of it. We have been going to more farmers markets so to support our local growers!

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We do reusable bags, all CFL's for lights and our appliances are new so they are energy star. I wish organic food was lower in price and we would buy more of it. We have been going to more farmers markets so to support our local growers!
I wish that too!! I'm finding some organic coupons out there but not many on the veggies. Luckily I am finding q's on dairy... mainly Organic Valley and Stonyfield brands but that is really helping with the milk, cheese, etc.

We've started buying local veggies too from farmers that don't spray plus our chickens are finally starting to lay again but we were having to buy eggs, so I was getting them locally too... free range for $1.50 a doz... no hormones or antibiotics.

I'm really having to adjust to the new budget for groceries. lol Organic costs more than the conventional stuff that's for sure.

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First and for most. Foggy I want to know how your grinding your flour. I am wondering if I'm able to do it.R
We have buckets in our shower. We reuse that water in the tolet, garden.
We are trying to compost. We did not buy a composter. We have a large bucket with lid. Can't remember the size at the moment. The paper we shred, if we use paper towels we put in the compost.

Our coffee grounds we mix in the garden.
We have buckets out side for rain water. Which we use in the toilet.
Changed all our light bulds.
We recycle all plastic wrap, bags ext.
Nothing is left pluged in. Just the alarm clock.
We try never to use styrafoam, the recycling pick up wont take it.
we haven't bought any new clothes in a couple of yrs.
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Do you use reuseable bags when grocery shopping? Both...I use reusable when I remember to take them, otherwise we reuse or recycle the plastic ones. They do work great for diapers.

Hang your clothes outside on a line to dry?Almost always. We have a very energy efficient washer, but since it was so expensive we were not able to get the dryer. I knew I was going to be using a clothesline quite a bit so I just didn't worry about it. It was worth the money to get one really effiecient washer.

Do you have a rain barrel? No. Thought about it though.

Grow any of your own veggies and/or fruits? We grow almost all of our fruits and veggies. We grow strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, grapes, plums, figs, watermelon, cantaloupe, squash, zuchinni, okra, tomatos, cucumbers bell pepper, jalap. peppers, corn, i can't remember what else. We freeze and can a lot. Right now I have cantaloupe coming out of my ears. Any one need some?

Do you Make your own yogurt or butter? Nope. Sounds hard.

Make mixes from scratch instead of buying pre-packaged mixes?Nope.

Are you fermenting? Sprouting?Fermenting what? We make our own wine. Is that what you mean?

Do you have a compost bin? Practice water conservation? Sort of. It's not really a bin. We have looked into it though. We till all organic material back into our garden though.

Have you switched to more energy efficient appliances, light bulbs, etc.? We are working on this.

We do several other things as well. We have friends with chickens, we trade our honey (we have bees) for eggs of theirs. She used a ton of honey as a natural sweetner and we use a lot of eggs. Works out well. We also buy a cow every couple of years and feed it out and get meat from it. (sorry if there are any of you that don't like the sound of that.) DH also hunts for deer, turkey, and dove. He does quite a bit of fishing as well. We have friends with pigs that we buy pork from as well.

As you can tell we live in the country, although just minutes outside of the city.

We grow most of our own spices as well.
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