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Yesterday I decided that among a number of other cost-saving moves I will no longer spend $4.00 for a gallon of milk, but instead will use the less expensive kind. I went to Wegman’s, got a box full of one-quart packets of Nestle Carnation Instant Nonfat Dry MILK, fortified with Vitamins A + D. Then went to Big Lots to get a pitcher to mix the stuff up in. Ah! I found one of those one-litre glass decanters, the kind I used to drink restaurant vin ordinaire from, with a plastic lid. Literally perfect, and it cost only $4.00. It adds a touch of elegance that offsets the feeling of cheapness that comes from mixing my own.


Yes, I’m fully aware of the profound and almost inevitable economic disaster that will cripple this country because of the Fascist Swine Republicans’ obsession with sheltering their billionaire patrons from tax increases. Going from whole milk to instant, cutting back on electricity, and walking rather than driving, are pathetic little gestures that in the end will mean absolutely nothing.

But doing something is better than doing nothing.

As for photography, below are a few more images.

Back in the old days cameras had a thing called “color film” which was expensive to buy, and equally expensive to process and print. Now with digital I do not have to stop taking pictures to save money.

A small but important comfort, eh?



















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I've been on a low income for many years now, so frugality has become an art form. And still I consider myself blessed. :)

I get a thrill of pleasure myself that you are able to enhance your excellent saving with an elegant container, so you can feel glad about both the saving and the aesthetics. That's the way!

Maybe you can't save the country with such measures, but you can help yourself.

And yes, it is very important indeed that you are able to keep making your photos! I think art always matters. I also think my own delight is pretty important in the scheme of things, LOL.

Yes, you're absolutely right. I took about a 70 percent cut in income when I resigned my job in Corporate America to become a freelance, and frugality was a way of life that I fully embraced and actually enjoyed. Amazing how so little can bring so many rewards! These days I'm tigntening the belt even further, and despite what seems like almost certain economic gloom in the near future, I delight in finding ways to trim excess. Onward!

When I was a child, my mom would make the instant stuff and mix it half-and-half with regular whole milk. The result was tastier than the instant stuff by itself.

I don't use much milk these days because I don't like it as a beverage; it's more of an occasional cooking ingredient.

That is a lovely bottle. Aesthetic treatment almost always helps.

I have never been very keen on mammal milk. I didn't like it as a child, then sort of liked it in my twenties, then backed off of it again in my very early thirties. I stopped using any kind of milk (almond, rice, cow) when I took grains out of my diet, because super cold rice milk and Quaker Oat Squares are so delicious I would consume them far, far too quickly.

Very pretty bottle. While many stores around here sell milk for $4/gallon, one store (Market Basket) sells their house brand of milk for just $2.50/gal. Maybe there's a similar grocery in your area. How does the instant milk taste? I used to think I should get that to keep on hand for recipes since I didn't usually have milk in the house. Even better about being able to take tons of photos is that I think people are getting to be better photographers since they practice more.

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