Yesterday, I posted a tough post for me. I got an excellent response from my readers and I am going to look back to that comment section as a source of encouragement if writing this blog gets tough again. Thank you for that. So, I had been putting together a list of ways that you, the readers, have improved my life and thought today would be a good day to publish it, since you gave me so much yesterday.
I have shaved $0.04 per pound off the price of cheese. A reader suggested Sam's Club as a source of cheaper cheese. I had a one day pass, and now I have better cheese than I had for a lower price. I may get a membership and save even more.
Due to some suggestion about starters, I will be saving about $0.06 per loaf with my bread.
Someone spoke up about the nitrates in hot dogs. If they had just said that hot dogs are processed junk, I would have discarded the comment. But by specifying nitrates, I was able to look it up, find some excellent info linking nitrates to cancer and share it with my husband. He, the hot dog man, is now on board with finding alternatives.
A reader pointed me in the direction of a new milk source that may be cheaper, is definitely healthier, and that I can make my own dairy products with. Making my own dairy products has been something I have done in the past, but for some dairy, cheese and butter, the dairy I use most, it is cheaper to buy.
It was also a reader that suggested sneaking grated carrots into food. This sparked my interest and allowed me to find and adapt (aka make cheaper) an excellent carrot bread recipe. This carrot bread insures that even my husband is eating veggies.
My sciatica is gone. A reader suggested a stretching exercise and now, my sciatica is gone! I do this exercise once a day, and if I get any pain, I do it again.
It was a reader's question that got me experimenting with my crock pot as a dehydrator, and I'm glad I know I can do it.
A reader suggested solar ovens, and I think I've figured out a way to do it without adding another appliance to my small kitchen, so stay tuned.
I've bought alfalfa seeds, mung beans and brown-green lentils to start my sprouting experiment. This reader tip could also go under health and money saving, as sprouting is a great idea all around.
I have had so many resources suggested to me. In areas of health, money saving, and for creativity, people have supplied me with their favorite links and book titles. Most of the books have gone on my reading list and you will probably see more changes to my life as I incorporate new ideas. The links that have been suggested are always helpful for me to get a more well rounded picture, even though I don't always agree with their viewpoint. Some resources I was already pretty familiar with, but I hadn't spent much time on stretcher until it had been suggested a few times. Now I'm hooked, and it's one of my favorites.
I love blogs. My most favorite blogs are on my blogroll, on my sidebar somewhere. But when someone comments or starts following me, I check out their blog if they have one. I like everyone's blog, and there are a few I now read regularly that I really enjoy.
Berean Wife - A Bible based blog
Intended Temple - A health blog
Happy (Atheist) Homemaker - A new blog
Teaching Kids About Money - A family finances blog
The Adventures of Captain Cleavage Warrior Princess - A funny blog
The only way that readers can communicate their great ideas and tips is through the comment section. That's why I love comments. So, if you have something to say, please comment. You may be changing my life for the better.