+ Wore out one bra to the point the underwire came out, threw it out
+ Wore out my shoe inserts, threw them out
+ Another bra was faulty so I returned it to the store
+ Used up one can of bathroom cleaner
+ Threw out a ton of old paperwork
+ Threw out a ton of old, dried out pens 1 day ago
+ Cleaned out my freezer and ended up throwing out another garbage bag full of freezer burnt and expired food…complete waste of money :(
+ Went to the grocery store today and spent a lot less than I usually do. I decided to try to use as much as of what is in my cupboards/freezer as possible instead of just adding to it and throwing the stuff away later. 2 days ago
+ Am using all of my soap before buying more
+ Am slowing using all of my hand sanitizer I bought for work, am on my last big bottle and have a few smaller ones left
+ Am using all of my shampoo/conditioner before buying more 2 days ago
+ Using up a sample pack of dental floss before using the second of the two-pack I bought.
+ Took my boots to a shoe repair man to have the zipper fixed instead of tossing them + buying new ones.
+ Resisted the urge to eat out again, haha! That IS an accomplishment for me… Made lunch + dinner at home with food in my pantry instead.
+ Refilled my tiny travel bottle of lotion instead of buying another tiny travel bottle, haha 2 days ago
Saves me making a post for each item, I may do a weekly recap instead. If it turns out I am forgetting to do the recap then I will go back to individual ones for me to keep track of my using up. Boring for you, but essential for me!
- Sushi making kit (~ 2 years)
- No.7 Radiance Revealed exfoliator travel size (~ 1 year)••
- Very thin sandwich bags (~ 4 years)
- Morrisons Brazil Nuts (~ 2 months)
- Schwartz Southern Fried Seasoning for potatoes (~ 8 months)
- Green Tea Bags (~ 4 years)
- Pesto Cous Cous (~ 2 years)
- Herbal Essences shampoo (~ 4months)
- No.7 radiance revealed exfoliator full sized (~ 2 years)••
- Diamond Resorts travel shampoo (~ 1year)
- Sudafed nasal decongestant (~ 1 year)
- Black notebook (~ 3 years)
According to my checklist forwhen this goal will we complete
I am on my way, however the items I have most of are still outstanding so the easy ones have been checked off. The hardest ones will be facial moisturisers, shower gels and handbags.••I have one left of this type of item, which means that I have met my goal on this specific item. 4 days ago
I have suddenly (as of this morning) developed a blocked nose and sore throat. I have taken some night nurse that my Dad left behind after his visit, but although he swears by it when he has a cold, it doesn’t seem to be helping me, which is a shame. I have some nasal spray decongestant which I have used up tonight too, and will be taking lemsips as if they were water. I wanted something to clear my nose for sleeping but couldn’t find/have run out of menthol balm. The only thing I could find with menthol in it was a Deep Freeze muscle pain gel rub. It’s made for cold therapy on muscle pain. I put some underneath my nose but because it is raw from wiping and whatnot, it stang like crazy. So I wiped it off and just put it around the upper nostrils where the skin is less irritated. It’s not working any better than the night nurse but I have to sleep as I am up early tomorrow for work. 1 week ago
I just posted my first item on ebay. I’ll admit that I’m a bit terrified. I’m excited too. I got the table posted and then promptly thought, “How the heck am I going to ship this thing!” I will be stopping at fedex to figure that out. I hope it sells. I have so much stuff that it is overwhelming me. I think I’m noticing this is because I’m in the midst of moving and it seems that all of a sudden things I had forgotten about are popping up left and right. I’ll probably wind up getting rid of most of it. 1 week ago
I was asked to do a class at the library to teach basic macrame. I brought a nearly new roll of plain hemp, and used up almost the whole thing!
I have so many rolls of plain hemp, and I was glad to use this one up.
I am also putting together a bunch of clothes, and some shoes and such that I just don’t need. I will send them to my family. I am also thinking of sending some extra sheets and pillows and so on. I try to do this whenever someone is visiting, or when my husband goes home with the car. 1 week ago
Use it up
Wear it out
Clothing – I’m getting better at this but still manage to acquire new clothing items from thrift stores or free piles…
Make it Do
Often with gifts or party planning I feel like I need exact, specific things or tools… not true.
More craft stuff
More kitchen tools
Paper & plastic waste 2 weeks ago
+ SOLD an old pair of shoes on Ebay that I replaced with a new exact pair (starting bid of $5 on the old worn out pair, better than nothing)
+ SOLD a shirt that I have been trying to sell for a long time
+ SOLD a pair of jeans I don’t wear often 2 weeks ago
Meal 1: shreddies
Meal 2: pasta with olive oil & chilli flakes 2 weeks ago
+ SOLD a comforter set on Craigslist
+ RETURNED a ton of clothing items over the past couple months
+ GAVE my sister some of my old clothes
+ Listed a pair of shoes on Ebay that I never wore (starting bid already) 2 weeks ago
1st Meal: Pesto Cous Cous. Almonds
2nd Meal: Noodle Soup, Rice pudding with jam.
Ovaltine x2 2 weeks ago
1st Meal: 13 Brazil nuts, 2 fizzy lemon cakes, 4 prunes, hot chocolate.
2nd meal: pasta with sauce made from: wasabi paste, tomato ketchup, olive oil, southern fried seasoning (tastiest I’ve ever had!) & quorn breast. 7 fizzy mini cakes 3 weeks ago
Meal 1: 2x Southern fried quorn burgers
Meal 2: Sushi roll. Leftover sushi rice and omelette. 2x fizzy lemon cakes
Evening break: options hot chocolate 3 weeks ago
Make it do
Oh I was saddened to see me laundry basket with a crack in the handle.
It was bought about eight or nine years ago and originally only cost about £4. It’s lasted well! It’s a flexible moulded plastic, and the only way I could continue to use it is if I got the gaffer tape out – so that’s what I did. 3 weeks ago
Use it up/Do without
Boots Henna and Horsechestnut Shampoo
I after buying this over two years ago I finally finished it!
Tea Tree Shampoo
I decided to throw this away. It has got to be the worst shampoo I have ever used. I should have known better not to get it at Poundland! It was like jelly. It didn’t lather up and it wouldn’t cling to my hair. It would slide off my hands leaving no trace, and it would slide off my hair. I mean seriously…? 3 weeks ago
Day 2: Planned for Day 2:
Meal 1: Sushi made with omelette and Dairylea triangle. Apple
Meal 2: Chicago Town deep dish pizza (with pepperoni picked off before cooking). Apple
Evening Break: Options Hot Chcolate 3 weeks ago
Day 1: Planned for today:
Meal 1: Big bowl Shreddies and Milk. 1x Apple
Meal 2: Pasta with Quorn mix from freezer. 1x Apple
Evening break: Options Hot Chocolate
Prep for Day 2: Make Sushi using Eggs and Cheese spread. 3 weeks ago
After my treat day I am back on the wagon no problem. I am out of actual money which is the problem. I have a credit card and an overdraft I can use, but I don’t want to use them unless absolutely necessary. I’d like to make it to the end of the month without using them.
There is no chance of me starving as i have odds and ends in the cupboard and:
- I have enough points on my costa card for a free breakfast muffin.
- I have a few quid on a Boots card my mum gave me for Xmas which I could use to buy a sandwich if need be.
I am determined to not buy any more food until my cupboards, freezer, and fridge are near on empty and I get paid.
Plenty of meals left:
- Pasta&spaghetti (plain, cheese spead or with an oil dressing)
- Smart Price noodles
- Sushi (using up the 2 eggs I have in the fridge that I cannot use up any other way)
- Quorn burgers
- Frozen pepperoni pizza with meat picked off before cooking (Le Ex)
- Plain rice (with peas or with seasonings)
- Pesto cous cous (old packet that’s been sitting for ages, high points)
- Slimfast (1 1/2 cartons of long life milk left)
- Cereal (shreddies, pointy maple and pecan, weetabix, musli, porridge, coco pops, frosties, using the milk above. An abundance of cereal indicates that the 1. ex loved cereal but then we broke up before he could eat it all, and 2. I tried to be a cereal-for-breakfast person and failed)
- Dried fruit&Almonds
- Mini fizzy lemon cakes (yummy but not nutritious, a meal of them will do as a last resort)
- Pearly Barley (no idea what it tastes like on its own)
- Polenta (weird, not sure if I cooked it right the first time)
- Apples x4 (to be eaten in first few days as going slightly soft)
So a boring long list but as can be seen from it, I’ve plenty of stuff to eat. It’s not necessarily fine dining or even meals which I fancy that day, but it has substance and will mean I can easily do this 7 day challenge!3 weeks ago
Use it up
L’Oréal Conditioner. Another one bites the dust. 3 weeks ago
Finally used thus up today. Have had it for over 2 years. Opened it about 2 months ago to eat when I had my tooth out, but left a small amount that was too small to really have by itself so it just sat in my cupboard.
I was short on stuff to make up my points for dinner so this 4 points or so of mash was perfect. Sorted!
Bought approx: 2 years ago 3 weeks ago
Bought these for a recipe back when I made weight watchers recipes often, and froze the remainder. To also use up some quorn mince I made a quick lasagne.
This was opposed to going to the shop to buy something new to eat instead.
Bought: about 6 months ago 4 weeks ago
Wear it out
Goodbye, fluffy green socks, you became threadbare and lost your shape. I am sorry to see you go, but I cannot wear you any longer. 4 weeks ago
I still have the tub of lotions/potions – as I like to call it.
From gifts received of lovely creams, bath gels etc, and yet I do tend to want to buy more whenever I’m in a drugstore…
Just yesterday I ‘nearly’ bought some cream and there is plenty here to ‘use up’!
There was a time I had oh 8 tubes of toothpaste on hand! And dental floss – oh yikes
So again I’m going to ‘attack’ this again by using up lotions/potions I already have on hand, as that seems to be my trouble area. 4 weeks ago
Use it up
Pink Cow Vanilla Biscuit Shower Gel
Thank goodness I managed to use this up. It had a lovely smell to it and I like shower gels that have scrubby bits in, but boy was the gel thick. 4 weeks ago
apart from several moisurisers, which will take another couple of months to use up. as my shower gel runs out i’m thinking i should go back to using soap. i used to use it as a child before i ever knew shower gel existed. the packaging is much less for a bar of soap than for a bottle of shower gel, that’s for sure. it’s also cheaper, which is a bonus. in a hospital setting, i totally get that liquid soap is way more hygienic than bars of soap, but i’m not sure it’s really all that important at home.
my new streamlined bathroom products:
big bottle of shampoo (greater ratio of product to packaging)
2 bars of soap (one for shower, one for sink)
shave gel (there are some things i’m not willing to give up)
feminine hygiene products
(cotton buds and floss – i might not replace these once they are gone?)
vitamins and paracetomol
toilet cleaner and creme cleaner 4 weeks ago