Friday, October 15, 2010

"Guest" Post by Tom.Com: Military Showers

Just so you know, Tom is my dear husband, affectionately dubbed "Tom.Com"for his uncanny amount of knowledge about random things (I go to him before google!),  who has graciously agreed to contribute to The Cheap and Choosy with some great tips for Frugal Fridays! Without further ado...

Earlier this year, I went to Haiti with a group from our church to do some construction. The compound in which we stayed had showers that were fed from a cistern on top of another building. The cistern was expensive to fill, so we had to ration water. Thankfully, I had heard about the so-called "military" shower, but I had not done one until the week in Haiti. As the week went on, my anticipation for a long hot shower grew. And when I got home, I went to take a shower almost immediately. I turned on the water and started lathering up, but there was a check in my spirit. The water that was going down the drain was doing nothing except providing a small measure of comfort. I couldn't, in good conscience, continue wasting it, and I turned it off and finished the shower. I have continued the military shower since then, though, I must quickly admit that I have not always been quick to shut off the water after I finish rinsing.

If you have not already heard of the "military" shower, here it is:
1) Run the water long enough to get wet then shut it off.
2) Lather up with shampoo and soap.
3) Run the water long enough to rinse off.

It's a pretty simple process. It will help save on the water bill. It will help save on the gas/electric bill (depending on your hot water heater type). It has helped to continually remind me of the blessings afforded to us in this country that others don't readily have.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Announcing the Wool Gathering Event (slight change in dates) and Early Extra Entries!

Wow, October came fast didn't it? I've decided to adjust the dates of the Wool Gathering Event a tad, just give this mama a breather and allow a little time to get it all together. I've still be focused on the fitted event up until now, so I hope you don't mind waiting just a few days....

I'm excited about this event because I did not get the wool thing before, and finally giving it a try and learning more about it has been really enlightening! I hope this event will be helpful to others like me!
Here are our wonderful sponsors! I am so thankful for each of them and their willingness to be a part of this event!!!! New sponsors are welcome anytime! Just email me at cheapnchoosy at gmail!

Want early entries? Leave a comment here for doing each of the following with a link:

1. Grab "The Wool Gathering" button on the left side bar and post it somewhere on the main page of your blog and leave me a comment here with the link. (If you already grabbed it, just leave a comment here saying so! :)

2. Email a friend or friends and cc me at cheapnchoosy [at] gmail [you know what goes here:)]

3. Post about this event!

Then, during the event, just add a comment to each of the wool related giveaways you enter saying "Event Promotion Early Entry" for each of your entries! I can check here to verify! Easy peasy!