Thrift Shopping Heads Up- It’s time to look for Boots!

This is officially the time of year where the weather starts to warm up and that means it is also a great time to buy boots at Thrift Shops. I have bought all of the above pairs for next year in the past month. They were $1 or $2 each and because I have room to store them until next year it will save me a lot of money! Not to mention that I love boots and generally wear through them in one season.

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4-28-18 A Few Frugal Things

(The kittens love the rug my friend gave us)

I am now on Summer break! After teaching 3 semesters in a row I have 7.5 weeks off! My friend gave me the above runner rug that matches a room size rug she gave me before.

A few frugal things

– I turned in and submitted all of my grades for Spring Semester on Thurs afternoon. They aren’t actually due until Monday but I am getting paid the same whether I work over 3 additional days or not so I work harder to get them turned in as soon as the finals are over. I believe my students appreciate it too. I now have 7 and a half weeks off. It’s amazing to have this time to rest, recharge and maybe travel but it is also over 2 months without a paycheck.

– I took advantage of a deal on B1G1 free cereal that came with a free code for a free movie ticket. We were going to go to the movies anyways so this basically makes the cereal free.

– We went to Dollar Tree and I was able to purchase more LED lightbulbs for $1, I also got 2 loaves of bread and 2 pots for my tomato plants.

– This morning I repotted my tomato plants. The store was out of top soil but I found some in an old pot in the backyard. I can’t wait until we actually have tomatoes.

– I had a return to do at Lowes for about $12. I noticed they were having a 5 for $15 vegetable plant sale and decided that would be a good use for the money. We now have a few more plants in our small patio veggie garden. The needed bigger pots right away but pots were expensive at Lowes so I made do by recycling some food containers and using some old pots I found in the backyard. The old backyard pots also had top soil in them so we haven’t had to buy that yet.

– It’s just starting to be warm enough to enjoy the pool! We are excited!

– My father gave us his cable login to use on a variety of Aps. We are able to watch cable for free! In exchange we shared our HULU login.

– Went to lunch with my friends who are also professors. I was able to do a $7.99 lunch special that came with pizza, a salad and a soda.

– My friends and I also seem to have a lot of stuff to exchange. I gave one friend a Christmas tree while another friend gave me books and a rug. Another friend gave my mom a printer.

– The dog decided that he was no longer going to let the groomer or us trim his nails. We tried and tried. Finally we bought a Dremel off of Amazon and finally today we pinned him down and were able to trim a few nails. This is a battle we have to win because he can’t keep walking on his claws. (Did I mention he is only 16 pounds???)

Not so Frugal

– Our poor cat who has the UTI already cost us $120 at the vet and may need to go back. We aren’t sure yet but really hoping she’s fine now.

– We finally had to purchase $120 in flea and heartworm meds for the dog. The other prescription flea meds weren’t working at all. The price is similar but this is a lot to pay all at once. If it works there will be a savings in washing everything less and also not having to purchase separate heartworm medicine which can also be expensive.

– We tried using cheaper cat litter and not only did it get everywhere but it didn’t work as well or control the smell as much. Back to the expensive litter we went. (I’m realizing that most of this list of not so frugal things mostly seem to involve our pets.)

– We had friends and family stay the night on Friday and I thought I had purchased enough groceries for dinner. Unfortunately, at the hectic end of the semester my planning was a little off and we needed about $30 more in groceries.

Extra Income

– Still gathering items from the house for a yard sale and asking friends to join me which makes it more fun.

– I am gearing up my eBay and Poshmark online selling business for my 7 weeks off of work.

– I sold a set of young adult books and mailed them off in a recycled box with tape my mother gave me for free. I try to get an additional use out of Amazon’s excessive packaging!

– I sold another sewing pattern. I need to do more with this side hustle since it is passive income after the initial work.

Harmful Chemical Free Living

– Still need a new floor steamer but haven’t had any luck finding one.

(My small pot veggie garden. It’s a start!)

5-4-18 Thrift Finds- Clothes, Clothes, Clothes (Now to Sell!)

I bought a huge bag of clothes for about $30 including everything in the below 6 pictures. The goal is to sell these items on eBay and Postmark.

I bought the above 3 outfits for my nephew.

The below 5 photos are from about 5 different thrift trips. They are a mix of stuff for us and to sell. All clothes cost $1 or $2 or less besides 1 maxi dress that was $3.

Wish me luck with my online sales!

Frugal Tip of the Day- Reusuable Plastic Baggies and Drying them

I finally purchased reusable plastic baggies! These were exactly what I wanted. I LOVE replacing single use items with items that can be used for years to come. They save $ and the planet! 

My tip is that I am using a thrifted, old file sorter to dry them after washing. 

5-10-18 Thrift Finds- Armillary Sphere

I have wanted an armillary sphere for almost 8 years but they are so darn expensive! Today I found the above one at the thrift shop for $5!!!!

The stuff below is from a couple recent thrift trips! All clothes were less than $2.50, most $1 each.

I found a couple of cool books for my one year old nephew, a couple tiny stuffed animals for the puppy, a marble utensil holder for a dollar fifty, and a Yeti style coffee mug for a dollar!

This picture shows everything I bought to sell including a J crew suit jacket for $2, Hollister jeans for $2.50, two little girls Reeboks shirts, and a Nike Dri-FIT pair of shorts.

The Pug leggings are actually H&M brand and I also bought them to sell. The Star Wars shirt I am also going to list for sale but if it doesn’t sell I’m going to use the fabric for my Star Wars quilt. The dress and skirt I bought to wear to work for myself.

I got the little makeup mirror that lights up with the cord for about $2 and then I got the Buddhist sculptures for $2 each.

4-13-18 Thrift Finds- Planet Drinking Glasses and More

I bought the above planet drinking glass set for $7.50. I wanted to keep it but they are selling for a decent amount on eBay and so on eBay they go! I also believe they would quickly get broken at my house.

I bought the MK jeans and Kardashian dress to sell on eBay, they were $2 each.

I also got some cute toys for my nephew for $1 each or less.

More clothes for work and to sell, all $2 or less each.

I bought these adorable little girls clothes to sell for less than $1 each. The Merimekko dress is from a sought after designer.

B needed new shoes and I got these for $1 each.

More clothes for work and to sell, all $2 or less each.

The curtains were for my mother and were $5 for 2 panels.

Frugal Win of the Day- Tea Pot to Watering Can

My small patio vegetable garden is growing and I wanted a watering can. Instead I have used the above, extra tea pot. I originally bought the tea pot from the thrift shop for next hurricane season but found a better one for that purpose. 

BTW The above two, organic tomato plants were $1 each at a yard sale, the pots were from Dollar Tree, and the table was free (I spray painted it). 

4-21-18 Finds From 2 Rummage Sales and 3 Neighborhood Yard Sales Including Hand Carved Wooden Chests and a Flatscreen 

I had way, way too much fun going to 2 rummage sales and 3 entire neighborhood garage sales! And all within a few minutes of our house.

I was especially excited with the above carved wooden chest that I paid $30 for! They are about 2 feet high when stacked (I mention this because my family thought they were jewelry boxes from the picture). I have wanted some like this for a long time but wasn’t going to pay hundreds of dollars for them. They are (supposedly) hand carved from Bali, Indonesia.

I was also excited to find this Central Fl History book! It was a quarter.

I got 3 Chive On shirts for .25 cents each to sell online.

I also got this box full of clothes to sell online that were .25 cents each or .50 cents each. I probably spent about $8 total and we will see what profit I can turn that into.

We got this small HD flatscreen TV with a remote for $5. I wanted a little TV for the office (when I’m listing all the clothes!) so this is perfect.

I love the above whitewashed, wooden, carving wall hanging. I haven’t figured out where to put it yet but we have a lot of empty walls.

I got those two plastic storage contains for $1.50 for both.

The mirror and bag of marvel toys were $1 each and came with about 30 free hangers that I need to hang the clothes I’m selling.

I got quite a few nicknacks too including a miniature, ceramic bathroom set, an hour glass necklace, an anthropologie, elephant, ring holder dish. My mom told me to look for antique, bronze baby shoes and I got the above one for .50 cents and there is an actual baby shoe inside. I think it’s super creepy.

I picked up some other small stuff too like the bag.

I was also very excited about this $5 dresser. It’s ugly and a little dirty but I really think that it will be perfect when I’m done with it and it’s summer so it’s a good time for a project.

4-21-18 A Few Frugal Things

 

 A few frugal things

– My friend gave me a really nice frame that she wasn’t using anymore. Unfortunately, the glass cracked but I have been taking the glass out of our pictures because of the cats. I had found the above beautiful watercolor boat picture on sale (because it was missing a frame) for $1.99. Turns out they fit perfectly and we hung it in our entrance way by the front door. It’s funny because our entrance way looks a lot more expensive!

– Last weekend we had such a busy weekend that we didn’t feel like going to the grocery store and we have really made due with the food we had in the house. It has been a bit of a stretch but we are probably better off for eating PB&Js for work lunches.

– I found some things that I have been looking for at the thrift shop for a long time including an outside love seat. I’m washing the cushions but will probably eventually recover them.

– Still enjoying watching ER (there are 16 long seasons) on HULU. And I have also been watching Married At First Sight Australia for free on the website Daily Motion.

– Slowly putting stuff aside for another yard sale this summer. We have a great neighborhood for it and did very well last time with very low-priced items. I find it helps to just keep storing stuff in the same place until we get enough.

– We had the landlord’s handy man come for some repairs. He fixed some things and replaces some light bulbs at no cost to us. We also got a new dishwasher.

– I had purchased some closet repair supplies thinking it would be easier to fix the closet ourselves than to wait for the repair but it never got done. When I showed the handy man he already had the supplies and told me to return what I had purchased which will be about $15 back!

– I had to go to a long Friday work meeting but they fed us lunch. It was in another part of town that I’m not usually in so I took the opportunity to avoid taking the toll roads home and stop at 3 thrift shops along the way. I had some great luck with some awesome finds for us and to sell on eBay.

– I am slowly redoing our outside patio to look more like an outside living room by our beautiful pool. I spray painted a few items, bought an outside love seat, bought a couple of outside pillows. I’ll do a post on it soon.

– I made two outside solar chandeliers and they work great and are super cool looking. If we get a few more outside solar spot lights we probably wouldn’t need any electric lights at night in the back yard. This would  be a small electricity savings but, as renters, I love that we can take these with us when we move also.

– We did a huge grocery shop and have been enjoying some of our favorite and frugal meals at home. So far we are resisting take out.

– This weekend I organized and cleaned the closet. It had become a disaster site and was driving me crazy. I still need to pack up the winter clothes so that I better see and make use of my FL summer wardrobe.

– I turned all of the hangers backwards so that I would know what I am wearing and what I’m not over the summer.

Not so Frugal

– Our oldest cat was peeing blood and had to go to the vet. I tried a new vet closer to home that seemed to have similar prices. I declined several hundreds of dollars of treatments in favor of trying antibiotics first. Less invasive and one shot lasts for 2-3 weeks. So far so good.

– We still have to flea treat the pets but were able to go about 2 months between treatments and I split a dose between our two smallest cats. Still need to order more flea meds and heartworm meds for the dog but I budgeted for it.

Extra Income

– I am planning a yard sale for this summer which always motivates me to get rid of junk.

– I am revamping my eBay business because I will have 6 weeks off of work. I purchased some nice name brand clothes including Michael Kors, Lucky Brand, Harley Davidson and more to list during that time.

– The closet in my sewing/eBay room had a broken rack so the stuff was piled around and was making it harder for me to access my stuff. It was fixed today and that should help me get more organized. I plan on hanging up a lot of the new inventory I have purchased but I think that means I will need to buy or source more hangers.

– I continue to do some small online work despite a small setback.

Harmful Chemical Free Living

– I continue to look at thrift shops for a new floor steamer without any luck. Ours overheated and although we don’t have much tile in this house, I would like to deep clean it this summer.

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