Frugal Friday VI


There’s not much frugality going on this week, as I am HERE: beach Yay for vacations !!!!

 

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Frugal Friday V


Here’s what I’ve done this week to be Frugal:

Earned another $5 in Swagbucks

Finished putting together my new sewing nook, so that I can get inspired to start sewing again to be even more frugal

Made a vegetable beef soup for dinner with corn, green beans, tomatoes, and potatoes from garden harvests…and venison harvested by one of the male’s in my household

We found a volunteer tomato plant out behind the building we previously used for a chicken coop…It had 11 tomatoes on it, ready to be harvested! Free food is awesome!!

Went to six Dollar General store to find 40 pack of Glad Trashbags for 1.37 a box. These were regularly priced at 7.50 a box. I got 8 or 9 boxes. A friend told me about the sale, and I hit as many stores as I could to stock up for awhile. This is one way I try to be Frugal all year. If I find a good sale on something, I try to stock up with at least a year’s worth of the product. Usually, sometime during that year, I can find another sale to stock up for the next year…and so on. I’m still using dryer sheets that I got for free using coupons THREE years ago!

..And probably the most Frugal thing I did this week, was make the joint decision with my husband NOT to purchase a new car (with a car payment) and instead look into making arrangements to get the transmission fixed in my van that went out on Thursday.

What did you guys do this week to be Frugal? I love hearing your ideas!

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Sewing Nook Reveal


sewing nook
I’ve been inspired by Pinterest to “fancy up” my sewing nook. I am thrilled with how it turned out. By using coupons, thrift store finds, and gifts from others, I was able to create this little area for around $50.

I bought my sewing machine 18 years ago, and it looks old and raggedy..but it still works great! My mother-in-law handed down the serger about 7 or 8 years ago, and I’m still learning how to use it properly. I have been mostly self-taught in all aspects of sewing, with just a few pointers from some good friends and LOADS of trial and error.

I purchased the old sewing machine table at a thrift store for $10. A friend gave me some left over greenish-blue paint that I used on the top and legs, so that was free.

The table the serger is sitting on is an OLD typewriter stand that my dad passed down to me. The top got ruined in the tornado, so I decided to sand it down and paint it. I went to Lowes and had them use their machine to scan the color on the “inspiration” plaque and then had them mix that color in one of those little sample paint cans that cost 2.97.

chair

The chair was purchased at a thrift store for $5. I went to Hobby Lobby and used a coupon for the material. It was around $8 with the coupon…a little pricey, but I wanted a nice fabric that would last.

sign inspire sign

I bought the two signs from Hobby Lobby with their 40% off specials of the week. The inspiration sign was $2 something, and the Scarlett O’Hara sign was $5 something. I really liked that one since I usually am putting off my sewing projects indefinitely…! I made the cute flower on the sign out of scraps from the chair fabric, and also used scraps to make the ruffle on the lamp shade (the lamp was give to me from a friend a few years ago).

I bought the thread holder full price at Walmart for $9 something..which was still a good deal. Hancock fabric was selling the exact thing for almost $20 and Michaels had it for close to $15. It pays to shop around.

My sewing box was given to me by my sister-in-law, and the basket under the table that holds my knitting/crocheting items was given to me by my mother-in-law. (Yes, I DO have great in-laws!)

Also, not shown in this picture is a chest of drawers that holds my patterns, materials, crafting supplies and sewing supplies.

I’m super excited about starting my next project, now that I have my sewing nook completed! Any ideas???

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Frugal Friday IV


Seems like once you fall of the frugal wagon one week, it sure is hard to get back on the next! It’s been a busy week for me, and when I am busy, it is hard for me to concentrate on being very frugal. Hmm..let’s see…

I went to Hobby Lobby and bought some material (with a coupon) to recover a $5 thrift store office chair that I am using in the new sewing nook that I am creating upstairs. My sweet husband took a few minutes and re-upholstered it for me and I absolutely love it. I will post pics of my nook when it gets complete (and yes, this is MY project, so it isn’t going to take two or three years to finish like SOME people’s projects….I won’t mention any names here, but said person lives with me!!!)

I made a home-made pumpkin pie completely from scratch. I had cooked a pumpkin last fall, and froze the pumpkin puree. I made the crust from scratch. When looking over the recipe, I realized I did not have the usual evaporated milk called for, so I kept googling until I found a recipe that had the ingredients that I had on hand. I ended up using cream and the pie was delicious! Using what you have on hand, and not running to the store for every little item is VERY frugal!

Yesterday I had lunch at Starbucks for .29. Earlier in the year, I had purchased a Groupon (before Starbucks’ irritating stand on marriage was brought to light) and I refused to use it. This week, I received an email stating that it was getting ready to expire. While driving around town running errands with only $3 cash in my wallet, I started to think of where I could eat for cheap. I saw the Starbucks sign in the distance, and immediately started salivating just thinking of their Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Before I realized what I was doing, I was standing at the counter with the Latte in one hand, and a ham & swiss pannini in the other. I know, I’m weak!

The only other real frugal thing I did this week was say “yes” to subbing at the school again. If I am working and making money, it means I am not in town spending it!

What did you guys do this week to be frugal?

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Redeeming Love Book Review


redeeming love book cover

I didn’t add a Frugal Friday post last week, as I have been busy trying to get this book finished and reviewed..and boy am I glad that I did~!

I recommend every lady read this book! It is modern day retelling of Hosea’s story. While I love the original story in the Bible, this retelling brought it much closer to home for me.

I enjoy reading Francine Rivers, and there have been very few of her books that I didn’t LOVE~ this one is no exception. The story brought home the deep love of Christ for all his wayward children, even when we repeatedly disappoint Him. He loves us unconditionally. We may feel so unworthy of such love, yet He continues to stay beside us. When we run back to our old sins and past mistakes, He gently calls to us, urging us to come back to Him.

If you would like more info on this book, please visit the author’s website. Here is the link to the first chapter, too….but be warned, you WILL want to continue reading it, and I promise you won’t regret it!

*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All opinions, however, are my own.

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Frugal Friday III


One of the best things about being Frugal is the fact that when those weeks come where you just CAN’T be frugal, your budget allows it to happen guilt free!

We had company over for the Holiday Weekend, and had to spend a little cash to get our upstairs bathroom up and running before they got here.  I must admit, I splurged on a few items during the process. I still found ways to be frugal, just not as much as usual…

I ADORE company! I don’t adore going out to eat and spending a week’s worth of grocery money on one meal while they are visiting, though…so, we cooked most meals at home when our company was here. We purchased pizza’s one night (which is STILL the most frugal restaurant meal to feed 10 people, in my opinion). Even though the grocery bill was a little higher, we were still being frugal by cooking at home and enjoying our time together with friends.

The only other really frugal things I did this week were using four more Bic coupons to get 40 razors for free, and using two Bic ink pen coupons to get 20 ink pens for free.

Now, our company has gone..(COME BACK SOON, guys!) and I am gearing up to get on the Frugal bandwagon once again~

…because they are planning to come back next month and I need my upstairs shower finished before then ;)sink

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Frugal Friday II


Here are my Frugal Endeavors this week:

Finally, tried again to make homemade yogurt. The first time was a complete flop. I used this page to help me through the details. It was a SUCCESS! Yay. And as if making homemade yogurt wasn’t frugal enough, I used a package of powdered milk my mom gave me to make it, saving me even more money.

Then, I made some homemade Cranberry Almond granola to go with my yogurt.

I made a batch of homemade laundry detergent. I used Ivory Soap, though, since I have tons of it that I got for free last year.

I received an email for $10 of any item from L.L. Bean. They always have free shipping, so I purchased a water bottle for ZERO dollars. You heard right. The water bottle was 9.95. So using the $10 off coupon and free shipping, my order was 0.00.

ll bean water bottle

Used an old Gymboree rewards credit to buy Eden a much needed raincoat, delivered to our front door for 1.75 out of pocket.

gymboree raincoat

Mended a dress for Eden that’s been hanging in her closet, unworn, for a while.

Read a FREE book from a publishing company in exchange for writing an honest review on Amazon and my blog.

Used a Soap.com Living Social deal to buy 3 mega packages of toilet paper for .27

Used an Amazon deal to purchase even more toilet paper and paper towels for around 20 bucks. We should be stocked on TP  for the rest of the year.

Purchased two Christmas presents on Amazon using some free credit from Swagbucks.

Earned another $5 Amazon credit using Swagbucks.

Received 7 single serve instant coffee samples in the mail.

Found an American Eagle jacket for Ethan for $2, a pair of Levi Jeans for Israel for $1, a roll of vintage pink velvet ribbon for .50, and a vintage thermos (I’ve been looking forever for one with a good price) for $1. I bought all that at a little store downtown that I did not know existed until my mother-in-law showed it to me~ AFTER I let her buy me lunch on Thursday! Hey, she offered!! I did leave the tip, though ;)

What did YOU do to save some hard earned cash this week?

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