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Thrifty Tuesday: Homemade Vegetable Broth

One of my favorite books about saving money is Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less by Pia Catton and Califia Suntree. The book covers everything from pets to grocery bills. This past winter I started making my own chicken stock after finding instructions in this book. Yesterday, I made homemade vegetable broth for the first time. It was super easy. All you need is vegetable scrapes and water. You simply boil the vegetables and water in a giant pot for about an hour and a half. Then, voila. You have vegetable broth.


Food Friday: Easy Homemade Birthday Cake

Usually, I am all for homemade treats. Whenever possible, I avoid processed foods.  I don’t want to eat ingredients I can’t pronounce. I know that homemade is usually cheaper than a pre-made, but sometimes, 100% homemade just isn’t possible.

Last weekend, I had a birthday party for one of my best friends. I didn’t want to spend $20 on a store made cake, and I didn’t want to be the woman who showed up to the party with a dessert in a grocery store container. However, I didn’t have time to make a homemade cake from scratch. I settled for a box cake and pre-made frosting, and I fell in with this Betty Crocker Decorative Icing.

One of the best inventions ever!

Even though the ingredients came from a box, the finished product had the character of a homemade cake. Plus, I had fun playing baker for a few minutes. Check out my master piece!


The $60 Office

I recently decided a professional writer deserves a professional workspace. I visualized a beautiful wooden desk with drawers for all my pens and papers and shelves for all my books. What I didn’t realize was that a wooden desk with a hutch costs $500 or more, and that doesn’t  include a new chair.

Disappointed by this discovery, I decided to hold off on the desk. I had survived  at the kitchen table  this long, I could wait I few months to save up the money for a new desk.

Then my luck changed. While browsing a local thrift store (I love bargains and old stuff), I discovered the perfect desk. Wooden with a hutch and a chair with a high back for only 60 bucks. That is right 60 bucks.

Needless to say, I rushed to the cash register and got a sold tag. The rest of the day was quite an adventure… trying to back up a truck I never drive, trying to figure out how to get the desk up two flights of stairs before a thunderstorm, and figuring which drawer should be for paper and which books I should put on the shelves… but in the end, I got my professional workspace for less than $100. Now, I’m even more motivated to sit down and write.

What motivates you? I’d love to hear your tips for staying motivated (especially if they are budget friendly).

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