Hello Dear Reader,
We get pallets for free. Where ever we see them, we’re really cheeky and ask for them. I can often be found driving home, hitching up my trailer and going back to where I have some pallets ‘saved’ for me. It takes work, but we break them down into kindling wood. If you’ve ever bought kindling wood then you’ll know it is expensive. First of all, Dearly Beloved uses a crow bar and a lump hammer and breaks the pallet into its component parts. He then uses a claw hammer to remove all the nails – we re use the good ones.
I then join in with production line and saw them into lengths that will fit into our stove. It makes my arms ache which must be good for the bingo wings.
I then chop them into kindling to light the stove with. It may not sound like much, but if I bought it, it would cost about £2.50 a week in kindling if we didn’t get the pallets for free and chop them up ourselves. It saves us around £50 over the winter.
Finally, here’s all the wood indoors and ready to keep us warm, to dry the washing and keep the house aired. We’re lighting it most nights, but, you’ll know what I mean if you have a stove, we keep it clamped down so it burns slowly and makes the wood last. The Netto bag is full of small branches of a garnered wood, which I have sawn down. We’re not using any gas, we use our solar powered lighting as much as possible and we’re doing everything we can to stave off the huge expense that winter can bring. We’re all fighting the best fight we can in tough economical times.
Someone wrote to me yesterday, their income has been drastically reduced, she is the sole carer of children, she has huge heating costs (Northern America – deep deep winters there). I was asked for advice. I thought of all the American blogs that I read and would like to her to take a look at CT Mom on a budget, Home joys just to start with to see some very good shopping advice and home joys for simple but affordable cooking and remembering your blessings when you are at home with children as a full time job. She told me that her chimneys have been blocked with concrete – well other than appealing to someone like Ty Pennington to come round and make over her chimneys, she’s in a difficult position. I’ve got a very very long distance request to all my American readers, if you were in that mum’s position and all this frugal living is new to her, what advice can you give her. How is she going to access affordable health care and dental care for her children? How can she budget for heating oil? How can she go about looking for a reputable builder to unblock her chimney? How to go about finding thrift stores for home wares and clothing? How to access advice – is there a TV show or channel that is interesting or informative. I’m sure she’ll read this today and enjoy any help you can give her in the comments.
I’ve asked for help before and you’ve rallied to my support, today – I’m asking for someone else.
Love Froogs xxxx