While being on crutches, I have to get creative on projects. I have to be able to do them while sitting for short periods of time (or else my knee gets really stiff) and I have to have all of the items for the project within reach due to the fact that carrying items with crutches is downright life threatening! So in the last few days, I’ve organized some recipes, sorted my magazines and decided to get my coupons in order for the coupon swap tonight.
Given the fact that I’ve been homebound for the last 5 weeks and with holiday preparation before that, my coupon organizer was so desperately pathetic! I had very few coupons, most of which were expired. But, it’s a new year, our coupon swap is starting up again and given the fact that groceries prices are expected to rise another 3% to 5%, I’m rejuvenated in my quest to save money. So, I sadly disposed of my expired coupons, emptied out all of my store envelopes and clipped any new coupons that I had. I’m ready!
In line with my frugal nature, I went ahead and made the plunge to buy a food dehydrator. I saw one on sale for $30 with the Nesco name. It is a basic model, but had over 200 reviews, so I went for it. It arrived today and I’ll be trying this baby out tomorrow morning. I always dried my produce in the oven, but I wanted something that I could use throughout the summer months without heating up the kitchen. I’ll be able to put this one anywhere, including on the porch. I also purchased the jerky tray so I could not only make jerky, but make my own powdered eggs as well. I’m looking forward to experimenting!