Wendy Thomas – Simple Thrift
Published: Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Hens and chicks prove to be low-maintenance pets
You haven’t been hearing much about the chickens lately because there just isn’t much to tell. Once we got them in the hen house, the daily care was minimal.
Each morning, we let them out of the coop into the pen. If someone is going to be around during the day, we herd them into the fenced-in dog area, where they spend the day happily eating grass and bugs.
Other than checking on food and water, that’s it for the daily care. At night, we don’t even have to herd them into the hen house anymore – when the sun goes down, they automatically go inside.
The younger chicks who have not yet gotten all their feathers still live in the garage in their large plastic container. Care for them consists of making sure they have food and water, occasionally changing the wood chips and taking them out to the yard for exercise.
Daily exercise is not mandatory for young chicks, but it is mandatory for me as a way to get both the chicks and my kids out of the house.
We feed the older ones scraps of bread and vegetable remains (who knew that chickens would love our neighbor’s cucumbers?), as well as their medicated feed.
Now that the roosters are gone, we are left with a very quiet, well mannered and, dare I say, civilized flock of birds who make owning them easy.
Dining for less
This is the last of the restaurant and dining advice from my fellow thrifty friend, Michelle Hovestadt of www.wickedcooldeals.com:
• Skip drinks and dessert. Cocktails, other drinks and dessert can really tack dollars onto your bill. If you are really craving something sweet, have a special dessert at home.
When dining out with friends, something I do is have a special dessert, coffee and after-dinner drinks waiting at my house after. There are also some great restaurants that allow you to bring your own wine or beer.
• Plan where you are going. The lack of a plan always gets you in trouble! I recall a few times where we waited too long, the kids were starving and we stopped at the first place we saw.
Boy, we paid for those mistakes! The food was lousy, the service was awful and we paid three times the price.
• Look for discount coupons in your local paper or online. Restaurant chains like Uno’s, Friendly’s and Applebee’s will often place discount coupon offers in the local newspaper, often on Sundays.
The phone book is another place where you might find a discount coupon. And you can do a simple search online to see if there are any current coupons for your favorite restaurants. Just search by restaurant name and “coupon,” “discount” or “promo code.”
• Buy an Entertainment Book. Although you do have to purchase these books (often $15-$20), they are chock full of discount restaurant coupons.
This is a good option if you are someone who really enjoys eating out often. An entertainment book also makes a great gift!