Category: DIY

How and Why to Cut Your Cable

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Photo Credit: Jason Eppink

When friends or colleagues find out we got rid of cable over 6 years ago, they are astonished, but are quick to say, “We could never do that.” The further into the conversation we get, they share that they are afraid to get rid of cable, as they think it’s an integral part of their lifestyle.

We found when we ditched our cable package 6 years ago we didn’t miss it much at all. It was an adjustment, but it was far more difficult than it would be today. When we removed our cable package, back in 2010, there was a limit on YouTube videos to 10 minutes and there were no streaming services like Netflix or HBO Go. You still had to rent one disc and mail it back before getting the next one.

I suggest you try it for 30 days or even a week. You can try it out without returning the cable boxes for a few days, and see how much you truly miss it. You can always add it back if you find it’s that integral to your life.

When we ditched cable, we found we had a lot more free time. We spent more time outdoors or working on side projects. I wrote more or read more books. Chris read more blogs and kept up with sports news online or on sports radio.

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

It’s super easy to make your own laundry detergent. You might think this takes a lot of time, but it takes about 5 minutes and lasts about 6 months or more. The last time we made laundry detergent was before the Crab arrived, over 6 months ago, and we still had a decent amount left. This past week, I made a bit more to last another half year.

The recipe is pretty simple, you can make it complex with essential oils if you choose to, but we’re pretty easy going with our laundry scents.

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Making Homemade Baby Food

One of my favorite things to do for my little baby guy, Crab, is to make homemade baby food. We do use premade jars of food on occasion for a quick weekend meal when we have company or when we’ve gone to someone’s house and the food we are bringing would be sitting out for quite some time. Otherwise, my freezer is currently stocked with delicious bites and it took one Sunday afternoon to make enough food for probably 1-2 months of meals.

I like to cook on Sunday afternoons, making a huge mess of the kitchen all at once. It just seems easier to use all the tools and then clean up vs. daily mess for little meals. The particular weekend I made baby food, I also threw together this homemade ice cream. You can see the egg yolks and pot for it in the background.

I start out with a bunch of vegetables and some fruits. I prep all of the items first (unless it’s apples, I’ll peel them before cooking) by peeling or chopping. This time around everything I made I used a steaming basket and rinsed everything in-between each item (it was for his first foods, in the future I won’t need to rinse between as much).

And I put all the remnants into a bowl for our new compost area outside.

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DIY: Complete Kitchen Renovation Under $5,000

As I mentioned yesterday, we renovated half of our kitchen and liked it so much, I convinced Chris it was a good time to get the other half of the kitchen done combining sales, cash back rewards and keeping it all within our budget. I budgeted higher than I normally would for certain items, as I knew we wanted to splurge a bit on the oven and sink, as well as not buy the most basic of countertops and other items like we did in our townhouse.

I refuse to go into debt for any project, so unless we’ve squirreled away our nuts, we don’t do these projects without cash on hand. That’s how we save a great deal utilizing all the rewards available. The timing worked out that Chris loves projects and without something on the horizon, it was pretty easy to convince him to keep going and finish the other side while I worked out the financial end.

First, we had to remove the old cabinets and appliances. We had two gas lines coming into the kitchen, so Chris had to close one off under the house which we plan to reroute at a later date into the family room for a gas fireplace.

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