Tuesday Frugal Things

Don't leave your fence brown or you will hear from your neighbors and anyone else who sees it like this. You'll notice our neighbor's normal, silver fence in the background. Soon ours will be normal, too. 

Don't leave your fence brown or you will hear from your neighbors and anyone else who sees it like this. You'll notice our neighbor's normal, silver fence in the background. Soon ours will be normal, too. 

We are painting the fence in our backyard ourselves. Where we live in the city, almost everyone has a low wire fence, just a few feet tall, around their back yard. Some have been replaced by privacy fences, but not ours. It was starting to rust, so we knew we had to do something unless we wanted to buy a new fence. We bought a wire brush for Eric's grinder (brushes, actually, because they fell apart during use) and used that to get the rust and old paint off, and we are repainting it ourselves. Currently, it has brown primer on it and everyone who sees it is alarmed, because wire fences are ALWAYS silver. Anyhow, ours will be silver again next weekend. Promise. So far we've each put in 7 hours of labor. It's a lot of work. 

We skipped our beginning-of-the month Costco run. There were a couple things we could have picked up, but you know we would have ended up with $200 worth of stuff again.

Eric "revisited" (his word) the chimichangas we got on sale at Aldi a while back. We also ate a lot of kimchi and white rice last week.

Eric bought three bottles of booze (Jim Bean and Pinnacle vodka) that had $9 per bottle rebates. AND he mailed his rebate in as soon as he got home. So we've got $27 coming back. Slightly frugal booze?

At the risk of sounding like complete alcoholics, Eric brewed 220 bottles of beer today (approximately) at a cost of 90 cents a bottle. Those will be good craft beers that would have costs at least $1.50 a bottle at the store. Frugal? Not frugal? It's probably somewhere in the middle. In case you're wondering, one of the beers was a California common (steam ale) and the other is an orange/vanilla cream ale. The orange-vanilla cream ale was my idea and we are definitely not calling it "Cream Dream," which is what Eric wants to name it. No no no.Other name suggestions would be welcome!

Not so frugal things: 

We wasted a batch of no-knead pizza dough, preparing it and letting it rise, but never baking the pizzas. 

I bought snacks at work yesterday because I didn't take enough food with me. :(

I think that's it. I'm sure there were more!