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I was really close to starting a blog about simple living, frugality, and other money/lifestyle topics, with a nerdy and lighthearted take (e.g. my post about energy consumption), but I figured it's all been written already. Instead, I pledged to write more here. We'll see how that goes.

0. I had a fun birthday that included some kickball and karaoke, two of my favorite pastimes these days.
1. I made this for Mike: http://freshandrefresh.wordpress.com/
2. You should fill out this form and tell the county not to cut bus service: http://www.kingcounty.gov/council/testimony.aspx
3. We bought a 7.2ft³ chest freezer for $75 delivered. I borrowed a kill-a-watt from the library to check out how much energy it consumes. At current electricity prices, it's going to cost $25 a year to keep it running. Probably less, since I measured it when it was mostly empty and full fridges/freezers run more efficiently. I think it'll pay for itself in the first year, but it's one of those things that's hard to track. I've read that buying meat by the cow instead of by the pound can save a family of 4 almost $500 a year, if they eat beef frequently. We only eat occasionally, but even if we save $100 this year, that pays for the freezer and the cost of running it.

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calliste
Jul. 13th, 2011 06:32 am (UTC)
I just finished 'In Defense of Food' where he said the same about the freezer and also how that would guarantee you can always have your locally sourced cow or whatever. :-)
ingopixel
Jul. 13th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
i highly recommend buying a portion of an animal. we've done it a couple times and it averages out to like $3-4 per pound. so cheap! plus you know the beast was happy and roamed a lovely farm!
ingopixel
Jul. 13th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
in fact, if you'd like to gin on a beast together we'd be stoked!
bostonsteamer
Jul. 13th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
Totes! Where do you buy from?
bostonsteamer
Jul. 13th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
Yummmm happy beef.
optic
Jul. 16th, 2011 05:39 am (UTC)
What freezer did you buy? or was this a CL find?

we've been doing the parts-of-animal thing as well as trying to freeze more summer produce from the garden, making chicken stock, etc and we're really ready for a chest freezer.
bostonsteamer
Jul. 17th, 2011 05:24 am (UTC)
It was from CL. It's a frigidaire heavy duty commercial chest freezer, about 5 years old.
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