Most Frugal Choice? Turn on AC Today

It's down to 80 in here.






It’s March and it is a balmy 81 degrees. On my husband’s lunch hour we discussed turning on the air conditioner.  He decided against it and I took preventative measures:

  • I put my hair up.
  • I rubbed baby powder in the creases of my arms and knees.
  • I made a pitcher of Ice Tea with lots of ice.
  • I shut the door to the basement, because when the temperature in the house reached 80 degrees, I would need a cool place to go.
  • I decided we would eat leftovers for supper.
  • I snacked on frozen blueberries.

You see I have allergies…hyper allergies…that keep me in my allergen free home 97% of the time. When our windows are open they have special allergy screens in them. They block most of the pollen, rain and some of the breeze. It is just the way it is in my life.

The tiniest trigger can start a reaction that will make me sick for a week. I cannot get overheated…you will never see me sweat. Sweating causes a rash that leads to hives that can start a domino effect with my throat swelling and feeling like I am choking. Yes, I carry two Epipens.

I had my plan for when the house got hot. What I did not plan on was a fire across the street!

I started getting a headache and wondered why. A few minutes later I smelled smoke; it was blowing towards my house.  I shut the house up and called my husband. (He had not uncovered the compressor yet.)

Luckily, he was able to leave work for a few minutes; he works 2 miles away, and uncover the compressor so we could run the air. By the time he got here it was 81 degrees and I just wanted to go to bed.  I set the thermostat on 79 degrees and when the house is cool, and I no longer smell smoke, I will shut it off.

My parents refused to turn the air conditioner on until July. I never understood that when it would be in the 80’s in June.  I go by the temperature inside the house.  Yesterday it got up to 81 outside, but since it was the first hot day, the house did pretty well.

Running the air for a few hours will be much cheaper than a doctor’s visit and being sick for a week.  If you have infants or elderly people living with you, remember they can’t take the heat.  If your spouse does not want to turn on the air and the temperature is over 80, tell them Frugalfish recommended it!

Sometimes you have to spend money to save money.

P.S. The fire is out and the firemen are gone.


Frugal Decorating

I love decorating my home for holidays…not just Christmas, but Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, 4th of July, Halloween and Thanksgiving!

I put little touches all around the house. A week before the holiday, I start thinking about the decorations for the next one.

I received my April Family Circle Magazine and they featured dyed eggs. I would love to dye lots of eggs and make monogrammed eggs for place cards or even an egg garland like I saw in the magazine.

I don’t want to buy, and hard-boil, dozens of eggs; so I am doing a Frugalfish alternative…I am blowing the eggs out of the shells as I use them for cooking.

It takes a little time, and effort, but if I only do a couple as I use the eggs it is manageable. By the time I am ready to dye eggs, I will have plenty on hand.

I won’t have to worry about real eggs being left out…or accidentally being packed up with the plastic eggs…don’t ask me how I know.

St. Patrick’s Day Shelf!