Jan 23 2011

downsizing my girlie stuff [day 242]

As I stated a few days ago, I’m behind on my 2-per-week goal of creating trashograms.  Although these are fun to make, I’m finding other opportunities that have much more impact in the trash society world.  I have a few trashograms to share, then some news to share.

Makeup

I don’t wear a lot of makeup, as a matter of fact, most would say I don’t wear any.  I do wear a little bit of eye shadow and sometimes lipstick.  (I cringe as I say these things)  I’m not opposed to makeup or people that wear makeup, as it’s a personal choice.  My reasons for not liking it is it takes way to long to put on and I prefer to stay low maintenance.  I also hate the way my face feels with all that paint clogging my pores.  I had horrible skin that used to breakout all the time.  I stopped makeup foundation and about 98% of it cleared up.  Anyway, this is makeup that I’ve had a long time, most of it I was talked into buying.  I downsized my makeup by approximately 75%.

I gave this to a couple of pre-teen girls to use for playtime.  I don’t like to play dress up.  Continue reading


Jan 22 2011

a 25¢ lesson cost me hundreds [day 241]

Yes, I made a judgement call based on 25¢, a quarter I thought I would loose.  Listening to some bad advice, I decided not to try a new grocery store in my area, a store that opened over a year ago.  Some person (I don’t remember who) told me that the new Aldi grocery store charges 25¢ for the use of their carts.  What this yo-yo neglected to tell me is that you get your quarter back when you return the cart.  So instead of checking this out, like I normally would, I decided not to.  My 25¢ lesson?  Make my decisions based on my own research, not something someone says. Of course I will always take advice and opinions into consideration, but I should always see things for myself.  I do this with people, I should do it with everything.  Lesson learned, but not just one.  There were many great lessons from this experience that I would love to share.

What is Aldi? “ALDI is a discount grocery chain that operates over 1,000 stores in 31 states. Through a select assortment and convenient grocery shopping approach, we’re able to offer our customers the highest quality everyday items at the lowest possible prices—honest to goodness savings.” Read more about them and why they’re different at aldi.us.

So why the quarter for the cart? “At ALDI, we cut costs every way we can to keep prices low. Our shopping cart deposit system is a good example. You insert a quarter to release a cart. When you return the cart, you get your quarter back. This system cuts down on the labor of collecting carts left in the parking lot, damage to cars, and we pass the savings on to you.” I like this.  In addition, it keeps the carts from hitting the cars in the parking lot and the carts seem to be in better condition.

I decided to shop there a few days ago.  It was the closest store and I just needed 2 items.  After the great experience, I decided to go back.  This time was to shop in efforts to try some of the different brands, buying one or two of each thing we normally purchase.  After seeing first hand, the incredible savings, I decided to do a cost analysis.

Last night, my kids and I went to our local grocery store to compare prices.  It was nice to get out of the house and I forgot my phone, which was nice, as my kids and I had fun doing this.  Who would have thought?  Here’s the results.

Aldi price: $65.40

This is pre-tax.  There was only one thing that was a name brand I usually buy, Amy’s vegetarian meals.  All of the other things were Aldi or generic brands.

Name brand price: $139.51

I priced the name brand items that were comparable in size and type to get this number.  The name brands cost 113% more than the Aldi brands.  Whoa!  that got my attention!

Off brand price: $99.33

To get this number, I used the same criteria as above, but with generic  or off brand items.  There were a few things that didn’t have generic brands, so the brand name item price was inserted.  Shopping at the major grocery store for off brands cost 52% more than Aldi.  Again, wow!

I’m sure you have some of the same questions I did before going in here, so I will address them now.  I had some very unexpected shopping results, that were much more than just saving money.  I also got me thinking about my shopping habits and how I have some room for growth.  Continue reading


Dec 16 2010

Christmas gift with shredded money [trashogram]


Dec 15 2010

dressed to shop [trashogram]

This trashogram was made from items sitting in bins in my garage, most of it purchased as props for a school photography class.  The doll, decked out in her fancy Mastercard dress, is surrounded by shoes and many other random objects that she could place in her shopping bags.  The empty Tiffany & Co. box, a vintage piece, costing $.25… empty.


Dec 9 2010

what do you do with broken stuff? [day 196]

At work this week, someone dropped and broke our cordless drill.  Accidents happen, and we had to buy a new drill.  Right after that, the tape measure wouldn’t retract back into the case.  So what do you do with these things?  Possible repurpose?

Luckily I work with some very resourceful people.  The tape measure is now fixed, and retracts into the case, however it does not have a lock mechanism any longer.  It still measures stuff, and although it doesn’t work perfectly, it still works and still measures stuff.  The important thing is that it’s not in a landfill.

As for the drill, Jerod and Jeff seem to have plenty of ideas of things they can repurpose the motor into.  Knowing Jerod, he will make it into a motorized camera tripod, an electric door for his dog’s house or a gadget to make his car more fuel efficient.  If Jeff wins the battle of the broken drill, he’ll probably make a motorized bin that picks up recycling, a transformer ladder or a robot that organizes the messes we all make.  If the Wonder Twins get together here… Wonder Twin POWERS – ACTIVATE!… they could probably invent the long awaited flying, self-driving hover cars that were promised to us back in the 50’s.   As soon as someone fixes the paint and tool room door lock, I’m locking them both in there for a few days and see what they come out with.  :)


Dec 8 2010

swept under the rug… and sofa, and table, and bed, and… [day 195]

There’s no possible way any household vacuum cleaner could possibly suck up all the crap on our floors.  It begs the question, “Why do we have so much little stuff and where did it come from?”

First of all, Spongebob seems to be everywhere in our house.  This pile is only the upstairs sweep, as I didn’t even make it downstairs yet.  Yes, I know, it’s a little weird to share my dirt pile, but it does make you think, right?  It’s like trash I Spy or trash art.  Where’s Waldo maybe?  He’s about the only thing that’s not in here.  This motivates me to get rid of more stuff.

Oh, and a quick tip:  When you clean the house, it’s good to put away the vacuum cleaner instead of leaving it next to your bed.  In the morning, it looks like someone standing over you.  :0


Dec 2 2010

white elephant gift exchange [trashogram]

White elephant gift exchanges are fun and seem to be a good way to part with some crazy things you own.  Have you ever participated in one of these?  I found this little white elephant couple in the trash.

The good thing about the white elephant gift exchange is that you can bring pretty much anything and you never know what you’ll leave with.  Your trash or weirdness might be someone else’s treasure, or fun thing to bring to the next exchange.

In the trash society world, these are a fun way to get rid of some things you’re been holding on to for too long.  Trade.  I like it.


Dec 1 2010

box tops for education [trashogram]

All of these box tops were in the junk drawer.  These have expiration dates on them, but this is only a 2 month supply, so they’re all good.  I sent them off to school this week.

Even if you don’t have kids, save these and give them to your local school.  It’s free supplies for them and it doesn’t cost you anything.  Well, maybe a tiny amount of time, but for a very good cause.

:)


Nov 26 2010

the junk drawer [trashogram]

This is the bottom of my junk drawer…

In cleaning it, I found lots of spare change and all kinds of odds and ends.  90% of this stuff is things we just don’t need.  You can tell a lot from a junk drawer.  We mess with hardware stuff a lot, I have young kids, they eat candy, we’ve been to Mexico, I like coffee…  You get the point.   Continue reading


Nov 25 2010

introducing [trashograms]

This is the half year art project… trashograms.  What is a trashogram?

Trashograms: The process of scanograms and the trash society challenge, combined to create interest and look at ‘stuff‘ in a different and fun way.

If you would like more info about trashograms, please click the blog page “what is a trashogram?” for details.  I will be creating 2 trashograms a week for the rest of the challenge.  Some might be in my regular, daily blog posts, others might be posted separately.  Here’s the first one.

This trashogram was made from saved stuff in our art-junk drawer.  These have the feel of an I Spy book page and that’s no accident.  Although you’re not looking for a list of objects, you can look for metaphorical interpretations of trash society issues.  Let me give you a little background on this image.

    • Most of the items were found on the ground in parking lots and the sunglasses came out of a trash can.
    • The fortunes came from cookies and were saved over the last 2 years.
    • The rest of the objects came out of the recycling bin.
    • The texture on the image was overlaid from an abandoned building.

Here’s something to look at as an example. The king of hearts with the bent penny could mean “cash is king” or “we love money”.  These images, by their objects and the placement of them, can have many significant meanings, some more than others.  If you like visually cryptic art puzzles, you’re in the right place!

There’s a lot of art in our trash society.  If you have any requests or ideas, post a comment.  :)