Frugal Curiousity

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Dgflorida
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Re: Frugal Curiousity

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Another great post Happydaze.

I don't wear a watch. No need too. I am retired and most of my days are unstructured. The sun tells me get up and when it goes down, it tells me to come inside, eat and go to bed.

Reading? I read a lot of articles on recycling household items and on ways to improve energy efficiency. Currently, I am reading Supercycles by Montianey. It is a book on macro economics. non fiction.

Free? A selection of cards from a charity solicitation.

I gave away cat food to a less fortunate neighbor who feeds a lot of cats.

My hobby is gardening and it either produces food or visual pleasure and healthy exercise. All frugal. My other hobby is dance and it produces exercise and mental discipline. Frugal and necessary.

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Jackielou
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1. Do you wear a watch?

I don't wear a watch, what I wear is my Garmin Vivofit to count steps, and calories burned. The fact it tells time is just secondary.

2. What are you reading? Is it fiction, non fiction, related to frugal living?

Right now I am reading lots of fiction. I go through spurts of only reading on type of book at a time.

3. What is the last thing you got for free - whether you curb-shopped it or someone gave it to you, etc.?

Hmm last thing I got for free was from a friend. She gave me some old t-shirts that she had cut up and I made some strips from which I will be fashioning a rug with one of these days.

4. What is the last thing you gave away?

We gave away lots of winter coats that were either too small or Hubby no longer wore.

5. What hobby or hobby do you enjoy and how does it fit into your frugal lifestyle?

I knit and sew clothing for myself and family. I also do so for gift giving. Both Hubby and I garden so food is produced used while growing and extra is stored and used during the winter months. I hike so frugal exercise.

SandiSAHM
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Re: Frugal Curiousity

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1. Do you wear a watch? In this world of phones that tell time, just wondering if anyone still wears a watch?

I don’t but DH and the kids do. If I’m home there are clocks and if I’m out the car has a clock.

2. What are you reading? Is it fiction, non fiction, related to frugal living?

The Bible and a book on intermittent fasting written by a doctor.

3. What is the last thing you got for free - whether you curb-shopped it or someone gave it to you, etc.?

T-shirts from a convention DH went to; the favorite is a 3D CAD company with the play on a Star Wars quote on it (“I find your lack of tolerances disturbing” – cracks me up).

4. What is the last thing you gave away?

Two skirts, 3 shirts, a pair of boys’ dress shoes, to a family with waaay more kids than us; their kids grow in to what mine are growing out of, good timing

5. What hobby or hobby do you enjoy and how does it fit into your frugal lifestyle?

I have no hobbies outside of work; nothing consistent, anyway. I refinish furniture now and then but these days we’re pretty full up on furniture… though I could paint the 80s era bedroom stuff grey and add some trim and bring it into this millennium. It’s solid wood so I’m sure not trading it for new junk but I’m taking my dear sweet time choosing ‘the’ grey

floridacatlover
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1. Do you wear a watch? In this world of phones that tell time, just wondering if anyone still wears a watch?

Mostly I use my phone, but I do wear a watch when I’m traveling and when I’m going somewhere where it would be obtrusive to pull out my phone.

2. What are you reading? Is it fiction, non fiction, related to frugal living?

I’m reading “The Other Side of the Coin” by Angela Kelly, an assistant to Queen Elizabeth who helps design her clothes. I read some fiction but mostly I like biographies and autobiographies.

3. What is the last thing you got for free - whether you curb-shopped it or someone gave it to you, etc.?

I got a political button and bumper sticker in the mail and didn’t even have to pay postage.

I don’t have this yet, but yesterday a friend told me she has free theatre tickets for all four in our little group. They are for a Wednesday evening so probably not a popular time. She said she got them through her “side hustle” as she calls it.

4. What is the last thing you gave away?

I gave a hodgepodge box of clothing, kitchen gadgets and other things I can’t recall to Salvation Army.

5. What hobby or hobby do you enjoy and how does it fit into your frugal lifestyle?

Genealogy which is pretty much free. I don’t subscribe to Ancestry but use the LDS site familysearch.org instead. I belong to the local genealogy socity at $17/year and they offer many free classes and get togethers.

Also right now I’m trying to learn French through the free Duolingo app.

If going to the theatre is a hobby, that one generally costs money.

gaylejackson2
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HappyDaze wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:57 am
Just curious about some things that others do/don't do - I probably have too much time to think.

1. Do you wear a watch? In this world of phones that tell time, just wondering if anyone still wears a watch?

I do but not every day. It's a large faced gold tone watch that I paid $5 for a Walmart a few years ago.

2. What are you reading? Is it fiction, non fiction, related to frugal living?

My book club is supposed to be reading any book by Toni Morrison. I tried several and I just can NOT get into any of them. So I got a children's book that she wrote from the library called Please Louise - and I will share about that at book club.

3. What is the last thing you got for free - whether you curb-shopped it or someone gave it to you, etc.?

I get freebies all the time - mostly samples of products in the mail. I did curb shop a nice t.v. stand a couple months ago and my parents brought me a container of orange juice when I was sick.

4. What is the last thing you gave away?

I left some coupons on shelves at the grocery store - next to the products they were for.

5. What hobby or hobby do you enjoy and how does it fit into your frugal lifestyle?

I knit - but I only buy 1 skein of yarn a year. I also do a little crafting but I use items that are free or thrifted.
1-- I do not wear a watch, I used to, but stopped after I got a dependable phone--I found that I kept catching my watch-face on so many things and it was annoying to me.

2--I'm reading a fiction book called House of Stone & Ivy by Anita Stansfield. Next I'm restarting the Joe Pickett series by CJ Box.

3-_ Free things-- yesterday 2 ladies in my Knitting/Spinning group gave me things, a ribbed knitted hat, and a lovely warm crocheted cowl.

4-- Last things I gave away--several huge bags of children's clothes a couple of weeks ago.
I rearranged my closet last night, and sorted out 2-3 shirts, 1 pair of NB shoes, and 2 pairs of jeans to add to my giveaway clothing bags.

5-- I LOVE knitting, sewing & wool-spinning. I am knitting a temperature blanket this year and all the yarn for it came from my stash, which has turned out to be much less than I'd previously thought. Sewing: I'm sewing with fabric from my stash, though I do allow myself to buy thread & elastic, but I have everything else I need--I need to complete older boys' quilt tops (and get them to help me tie them), and also make more pjs for girls. Wool-spinning: well I actually have Plenty to work with, especially now that I have my wool back from the processing mill; I don't know that spinning my own yarn is currently frugal (other than Dh making me several drop spindles using wood he already had), but I think that it could prove to be frugal in the future... I mainly do it for my own enjoyment as it is very relaxing to me.
I enjoy reading, occasionally make jewelry (mainly earrings), crocheting, and gardening--won't be doing that this year though. :(

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1. Yes, I always wear a watch. My cell phone I use to listen to books and for emergency calls.
2. I am listening to Jane Eyre on Audible and reading a cozy mystery when I can (often when I go to bed before I get sleepy). I am also reading a non-fiction book related to my work. I read/listen to books A LOT; I probably do at least 3 books a week.
3. Some specialty salami (from a co-worker) and a free meal and a box of chocolates (given by my boss to any employee of more than 25 years)
4. If one doesn't include gifts, or paying for the current foster's various wants (ticket to BB game, change for a game of pool during a bowling party, etc.), I might have to go back to the last time I cooked breakfast for a local homeless shelter. That's coming up again in a couple of weeks.
5. My "hobbies" are pretty simple. I like to cook, garden, do sudoku, read, hike. They are all frugal-friendly. I am trying to learn Spanish through duolingo (free online) and a free community ed class taught by my daughter and niece.

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