Just a couple real short items today. No post tomorrow, I've got a 16+ hour day. This is the problematic weekend I mentioned a few days ago. Once I get through next Thursday, things will be back to normal. Thanks for you patience.
I added something to the Barter Larder today. It's benefits open enrollment month at work, and our vision insurance provider has set out a few baskets full of little eye glasses repair kits. They have a tiny magnifying glass and a tiny screw driver with a couple of extra screws (you got it, tiny ones) in the hollow handle. I grabbed a few and will keep one in each of our BOBs and toss the rest in the Barter Larder. In a breakdown situation, people may not be able to replace glasses, and repair kits might be worth a chicken or a side of home cured bacon. At the end of the month, if there are any left, I'll pick up some more.
Recently, the Savvy Shopper, a columnist in the local paper where I work, offered a free class in extreme couponing. I tried to register, but it was completely filled in just a couple of days. I'm on a waiting list to get into her next one. I don't have any thought that we'll be getting $500 of groceries for $27 or anything, that can be a full time job in itself. I think it would be very wise for us to be learn how to be more efficient and effective with coupons.
It's awful how much food we waste in our house. I just got rid of about 7 or 8 pounds of bad produce. At least we now have a compost bin so it isn't completely wasted. I have an Excalibur food dehydrator, but I just can't seem to get it down to the point where, when produce is ready to go bad, I throw it on the Excalibur to keep it. Any advice or suggestions on how to make that more of an idiot-proof process?