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Don’t try this at home and other articles

I’ve been stockpiling some articles that I’ve found in various places lately and thought I’d share them.

I subscribe to newsletters, newspapers and various hobby-type stuff from all over the Internet – i.e., the New York Times, Rachael Ray’s cooking newsletters, cooking newsletters from Reiman Publishers (Taste of Home, Light & Tasty, etc.), local newspapers, etc. Whereas I do have a couple of magazine subscriptions (a couple are gifts and I really love “Better Homes & Gardens” and save the back issues because I’m a freak), subscribing to the rest of my reading through email is a money saver and a timesaver for me.

Anyway – in no particular order – here are some articles I thought you guys might enjoy:

“Even to Save, Don’t Try This At Home” – Frugal may be the new buzzword and trend in society, but this article from the New York Times chronicles some saving attempts that have gone awry – home fix-it repairs, home haircuts, etc. Anyone out there have any cautionary tales they’d like to share on DIY projects gone wrong? I’m sure I have some out there, but I can’t think of any at this very moment.

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Remember how I was griping about how my work life and my personal life seems to constantly merge? It turns out that I’m part of a larger trend that’s been cleverly called “weisure.” Americans are putting in more hours at work, they have all sorts of tools that connect them constantly to email, phone calls, etc., – with this prevalence of technology, more and more people are combining work and leisure together – planning and arranging freetime activities while poring over spreadsheets and checking the Crack- er BlackBerry while they are out on a pleasure cruise.

Here’s the CNN article on “weisure.” I’m not sure how I feel about this when most of the time I’m griping about the eight/nine hours a day that I spend outside of my home and how it sucks my creativity and energy dry before I get home at night. I once joked that I’m not ambitious enough to be a mogul. In retrospect, I don’t think I was really joking.

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Does freezing food scare you? If you’re anything like me, every once in awhile you’ll unearth a foot-shaped chunk out of the freezer, unthaw it and discover how devastating freezer burn can be to anything that isn’t stored properly when you buy in bulk and chuck it in the freezer in the name of frugal spending.

I’ve probably wasted more money on cuts of meat that I’ve burned in my freezer than I truly care to remember. That’s why I was pretty thrilled to see this column “Freeze That Thought” by the New York Times writer Mark Bittman.

This column is a well written guide on freezing various foods, how long they will last and the best methods to ensure proper freezing.

I hope that everyone has a great and productive week!

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2 thoughts on “Don’t try this at home and other articles

  1. for the first time in my life, i’m freezing a loaf of bread. normally i like to have it fresh, but it was on sale 2/5 and it will take a week to eat one loaf, don’t want the other one to go bad too quick.

  2. My mom ALWAYS froze a loaf or two of bread when it was on sale, and it always tasted fine as long as it was within a few weeks. (my sister actually LOVED frozen bread 🙂

    DIY – after enough “life lessons”, you learn to pick your spots and understand the “hidden costs” of DIY. I think you’re far better off focusing on the things that don’t have hidden costs, like cutting back on non-essentials, improving efficiencies in your house (heat/AC usage, electricity), putting off non-essential projects, etc. AND, if you do want to save money on house projects, try to take advantage of any friends you might have – maybe trade some work if possible.

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