I'd like to solicit a few more ideas on what I can do in the meanwhile, being stuck in the city for a bit yet. DH is military and so we are transient by nature, plus there ain't no way I'm settling in Florida. Things I have to work with: Huge city lot, corner on a cul-de-sac. Bad - it's all front yard and a rental to boot. Good - seven foot high privacy fence surrounding the postage stamp back yard. Bad - house is just shy of a McMansion, big thing in the suburbs and most of it wasted space, AND it's rented. Good - landlord doesn't ever come by, so I'm free to do as I please as long as it doesn't scare the neighbors. Bad - I live in a dead zone for farms. There aren't any for hours and hours and hours; no U-pick for poor Chili. Good - southern exposure in Zone 9 means I should be able to container garden year-round. On the list so far: Clothesline for the private back yard. It can go in the garage on our (frequent) rainy days. Container gardens in the back. Move-able, so it won't kill the grass. Herbs, carrots, tomatoes, onions and ..... Coat closet off the foyer is being turned into a second shelved pantry and the closet in the master bedroom into a walk-in pantry. We own a small chest freezer and are buying a second, larger freezer as well. I shop sales with a vengeance and take full advantage of the commissary, and so have hit the point that our bi-monthly shopping trips usually consist of buying six items in bulk. Our goals are two-fold: cost-cutting and to ease a little of my disgust at having to live in town after being raised out in the country. I'm lonesome for my upbringing. We're a family of eight. Mr. Chili is Navy, second class petty officer, and he makes a good bit. I work the night shift (no day care that way, as dad is home to watch them) two or three nights a week and make as much as he does most weeks, and sometimes more than he does. Our bills are minimal - no credit card debt, one truck payment of $240 (new truck) - and everything else is utilities, rent, gas and food. I'd like to get things to the point where all of my income is going straight to savings. We're not hurting by any stretch of the imagination, I just like being thrifty. So. Anything I haven't thought of?