- How to Read More Books ~ has some good ideas although I'm not sure about tip #5. Perhaps I'll try it for the next 4 or 5 books I read to see if it really does help. Tip #1 isn't really in my budget anymore unless they're used books or discounted Kindle deals. Except for the paperback book I just got for a book club I'm joining, I rarely ever buy new books anymore. But this "club" book is one I had added to my TBR list months ago and have been waiting and waiting for it to go on sale on Kindle. Wouldn't you know, after I bought it and started reading, highlighting and writing a few notes in my new print copy, the Kindle version went on sale for $3.99 - not a great Kindle deal but better than $10. Oh well, such is life. And usually it's much easier for me to find passages I've marked and want to discuss in a print copy than an e-book.
- Tuesday, December 16th would have been Jane Austen's 239th birthday so in honor of her day, here are some Austen-related wallpaper at Jane Austen.org. My favorite is this one of the writing desk and quill. And here's another post in honor of JAs birthday.
- Literary Iceland Revels In Its Annual 'Christmas Book Flood'
- Semicolon has links to several book lists: 12 Book Lists from 2014
- If you're still looking for ideas for frugal Christmas gifts here's a list of 10 Cheap Last-Minute Christmas Gifts you might want to try.
- While searching the internet for more frugal ideas I came across these suggestions for saving money by roasting your own coffee beans. It sounds like it might be fun but I'm not sure it's really less than buying coffee on sale.
1) Roast Your Own Coffee for Fun and Frugality
2) How to Roast Your Own Coffee for an Amazing Cup
3) More Tips on Roasting Green Coffee at Home
- Building a Great Depression Era Pantry (Podcast), 8 Depression Era Tips to Save Money Now (Podcast), 10 Tips for Creating a Budget, and DIY No-Knead Bread Mix in a Jar Recipe at a "new-to-me" website that looks like it has lots of helpful information
- 5 Steps to Storing Potatoes for Winter and Self Watering Planters: Ideal for Growing Celery (I'm trying to grow celery in my kitchen window cut from one bunch on celery that I bought a couple months ago. Now to figure out where to plant it once it gets a little bigger.
- Bullet Journal info: Bullet Journal meets DIYfish?, Week 51 set up and review, & 2014 Bullet Journal walk through (all found at Stone Soup for Five).
- Since our "brilliant" politicians here in California decided to outlaw plastic bags (starting in July in grocery stores) I'm saving all the plastic bags I can to be prepared. We use them to line trash cans, pick up dog poop, etc, and being on a tight budget, I don't want to buy plastic bags if it can be avoided (other than tall kitchen trash bags that is). I've also been thinking about what to use to transport our groceries next year. I'm happy to use reusable cloth bags for items like bread, jars, packages of coffee, rice, etc. but NOT for produce or meat because of all the bacteria that can live in them. And since we're on water rationing I do not want to have to constantly wash them. So I'm thinking about buying inexpensive laundry baskets at the discount store for most of our groceries and have them designated for meat, produce and dairy products. They should be a lot easier to keep clean and as long as they aren't too large, easy to carry. Years ago I bought our produce through an organic co-op and they used a large laundry basket to hold everything for each family. I'd bring back the empty basket and get a full one to take home every week and it worked very well. I'll just have to make sure they'll fit in or under the different store's grocery carts so my groceries can go straight into the baskets when they're rung-up.
- 5 of the Best Free Bible Study Tools
- Through the Eyes of Spurgeon ~ this video is touted as "a unique and never before seen look at the life and ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon" and quite a few people are raving about it on some of the Facebook groups I follow, but since some indicated it's two hours long I have yet to watch the whole thing. Hopefully I can carve out the time to watch it after church on Sunday.
- Best Books of the Year From the Leadership of Servants of Grace for 2014 ~ some of the Christian books on these lists look good (& have been getting good reviews) but some I've never even heard of before
- Christmas letter from Pastor Saeed, imprisoned in Iran