Archive | January 2012

Frugal Tuesday Tip

juliecacheThis is my first ever Frugal Tuesday Tip.  This tip has saved me a ton of money.  Here it is …automate your library trips.  I started this a couple of months ago.  I realize that the library is free…IF… you turn your books in on time.  We were having problems doing that.  We have 6 children who love to go to the library and check out books.  They don’t love keeping track of them.

I have an iPod with our family calendar on it.  I love having a list of things to do for the day.  My iPod and the calendar on it go with me everywhere.   I look at it several times a day.  I put “go to the library” on the calendar to repeat biweekly.  Now I see it coming up, and plan to go, every other Wednesday at 7 p.m.  It saves late fees because we take the books back when we are supposed to, but also it allows us to renew the books we already have, if we can’t find one.  Our library won’t renew late books, so the fee keeps adding up, little by little, until you turn it in, or it reaches the maximum fine of $5.00.  I would like to tell you that we have never had the maximum fee, but that would be a lie!

Planning ahead for the library and renewing misplaced books for another 2 week period has saved us money!

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Our chickens

We have 16 chickens.  15 hens and 1 rooster.  They are Rhode Island Reds.  They are dual purpose birds.  That means good for laying eggs and good for meat.  I must confess, the good for meat is questionable to me.  We raised broiler chicks last year, Cornish X Rock Cross, for the first time and they were awesome.  Big meaty birds.  We took in our extra Rhode Island Red roosters to be butchered at the same time as the broilers, and they are much thinner, tougher, and I must cook two of the Rhode Island Reds to get as even close to the meat on the broilers.  Also, the broilers were ready to be butchered at 7 weeks, where the Rhode Island Reds were 16 weeks.  We did have a lot of deaths with the broilers, but I think it was because of the really wet spring.  I am planning to try them again this spring.  I am also planning to add to our laying chickens this year.  I would like to have some different types as I feel like they are more interesting to watch and get to know.  All of the same type is great for when you have a death as it doesn’t hurt so badly.  We had a few “mutt” chickens from Tractor supply before we purchased the Reds, but they have all died.  Our children were much more attached to them because of their different looks and got to “know” them better.  It is both good and bad.  We have had just the Reds for about a year, and I am a little bored, so I am going for some variety.  I just got a catalog in the mail and I think I am going to add some Barred Plymouth Rocks, Black Australorps, Speckled Sussex, and some Silver-Laced Wyandottes.  Has anyone had these?  I am interested in suggestions for good layers.  We sell our eggs and we have more buyers than eggs.  Any help would be appreciated!

The Bees

We currently have 3 hives of bees.  I love having them around to pollinate our flowers and vegetable garden.  They don’t take all that much care.  We aren’t the best beekeepers, but our bees seem to like it here.  I hope to take over the beekeeping in 2012 from my husband.  I am home with the children and so I am available to take care of them at any time.  When my husband is around on the weekends, I like to do family time and having the bees taken care of allows for more free time on the weekends.

Welcome

I love reading blogs, all kinds of interesting blogs.  I decided to give it a try.  I know very little about computers, but with the help of my husband and children, I am hoping to give it a try and see what I can do.  I call the blog view from my nest, because I have a favorite recliner that I use to read blogs, pay bills, etc. and my husband refers to the recliner as my “nest”.  We have a large family, so I will discuss life, and probably a little bit of everything in my world.  Thanks for reading!