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12-4-18 Thrift Finds- Giant Foam ABC Mat and Stuff to Sell

I have had a lot of luck at the thrift shop this past week. I found this amazing alphabet foam mat for my nephew’s room, it’s the size of an area rug. His mom has one in the living room that looks more like a rug but she likes that it’s easier to clean than a rug and still pads the knees of little ones. It was $20 but they retail for over $100 new and it was in great condition.

 

I bought the above Polo sweater, J Crew jean jacket, Free People Top and Michael Kors blue dress to sell. I think I will keep the exercise jacket. All $2 or less.

One of the finds of the day were the above Melissa & Doug wood clock toys ($2 each) in amazing condition. I will give them to my nephews for Christmas.

I was please with the above clothes I found for me.

All of the items in the above picture are to sell. Starting with the stripped French Connection dress, Lulus Romper, FUBU snakeskin pants, Tobasco and alligator polo (so strange!) and Armani Exchange skirt. The pants are $2.50 and everything else was $2 each or less.

The 4 items in this picture were from a quick trip to Goodwill. The Darth Vader mug may end up as a Christmas gift (or we might keep it!). Goodwill is so expensive compared to our regular thrift shop.

Everything else on this page was generally $2 each or less, unless I have noted otherwise. I definitely have some online listing to do soon. I will wait until winter break after next week.

11-27-18 Thrift Finds- Graphing Calculator + Shower Curtains

I only had a little bit of time to stop at half off day at the thrift shop before another appointment but I’m glad I did. I scored a J Crew Tunic ($1.75) to sell and an Anthropologie Dress ($2). I also got a $2 Graphing Calculator which sells on eBay for around $50. I also found some fun gifts for family, some nice Christmas decorations, a pair of black boots and 5 shower curtains ($1.50 each). I stock up on cheap shower curtains for myself and family members because with the humidity in FL they don’t last long and are expensive new.  

11-16-18 Rummage Sale Finds – Lilly Pulitzer

I had way too much fun at a local Church rummage sale this weekend. I bought the above 4 Lilly Pulitzer items and the below Johnny Was tunic for around $3 each. These will all be listed on Poshmark soon.

I also bought an assortment of dog stuff including the below outfits, doggie bags, god water bottle, harness and leash all for $3.

We had a lot of fun trying these dog items on the pets.

 

I also purchased the below Black House White Market and Cabi shirt for $3.50 and $2. These will likely also go on Poshmark but if not I could wear them to work.

 

I also couldn’t resist getting these two handmade snow people. I am replacing my glass Christmas decorations with items that the cat’s can’t break even if they throw them on the floor.

11-1-18 A Few Frugal Things- We adopted a puppy!

We adopted a puppy from our local shelter! He came fully vetted and fixed for the price of his adoption fee. I consider money spent on our pets worth every penny! He can’t believe how many toys we have in this house! He is playing with all of the toys our older dog ignores and all of the free toys from the shelter. This is really the reason I am so behind with posting because puppies are a lot of work!

Frugal Things

– We have been shopping less since we have a new puppy that we are cautious about leaving home alone but we have been getting outside more and taking lots of walks which are good for the puppy and us

– It’s starting to cool down in Florida so fingers crossed our electric bill goes down

– I took my mom to the airport for her trip to visit my aunt, frugal for her and we enjoyed spending the time together

– The puppy needed a crate and I called all local thrift shops with no luck. Mom and I stopped at our local one anyway on the way to the airport to shop and they had one for $5! That’s a $75 savings over the pet store for a much nicer crate then the one we were going to buy.

– We have a new to us thrifted shower curtain ready to be hung up to replace our current mildewed one, we always have expensive looking shower curtains that match our décor that we always buy for $1 at the thrift shop

– I was craving cake so I made one from a box mix I picked up for $1 and icing I also bought for $1, I added 2 extra eggs that were nearing expiration. Yay!

– We started watching the show Mars free from home

– I have to renew a prescription but it’s free with my free through my job insurance. I don’t take it for granted in today’s world of expensive healthcare.

– We had my mom’s birthday dinner at the house. We grilled burgers, made French fries, and made margaritas. We have lots of leftovers and it’s much cheaper than eating out which my Mom dislikes. It was nice to spend time together.

– I used a gift card I got for free through Swagbucks to buy a wall stud finder, an ergonomic bone for the puppy and a shower seat for my aunt. Overall, I’m pleased with all purchases almost for free.

– I think I need to sew some more dog beds for the house because the new puppy is so much bigger than our current dog, fortunately I have more than enough sewing supplies to make it a free project

– Still bringing my coffee, breakfast, lunch and refillable water bottle to work. This is a huge savings.

Not So Frugal

– I believe someone tried to scam me on eBay. They bought Legos from me and then claimed they were fake. I reported them and will have to pay for a return but hopefully my report will stop them from doing this to anyone else. Did I mention they sell Legos on eBay?

– We did buy some new toys for the new puppy but I say still cheaper than replacing furniture from chewing!

Extra Income

– Wrapping up some extra classes I was teaching online

– Still doing some small online work for extra money

– Getting ready for our neighborhood’s garage sale. We live in a small community off of a very busy road so we were very busy last year.

– Sold another pair of Overalls on Poshmark for $45 + Shipping

– Sold a set of 9 planet drinking glasses for $40 + shipping

 

Sustainability Living (Eco Friendly, Harmful Chemical Free, Reduced Waste, etc.)

– We cleaned the house and garage today without the use of harsh chemicals. We use rubbing alcohol for a counter sanitizer.

– I have been using a sort of doggy dry shampoo on the dogs to clean them. It’s a huge time and energy and water savings and it’s supposed to be soothing to their skin. Oddly enough they seem to like it.

 

 

10-20-18 Rummage Sale Finds- $1 Coach Purses and .50 cent Shoes

I was very excited to get to go to one of my favorite rummage sales that a local church hosts twice a year. Purses were $1 each and I got 4 coach purses, 1 Dooney and Bourke and 1 other nice purse with roses. The largest coach purse turned out to be fake but I believe the rest are real.

This purse was probably the best find of the day!

Shoes at the rummage sale were .50 cents each. The Born and Circus shoes should sell well on Poshmark.

This shark Vacuum was the most expensive thing I bought and it was $5. It works and should make life easier with all the little furry pets that live in our house.

I also scooped up a couple of stacks of free greeting cards. Cards can be sooooooo expensive so I stock up when free or cheap and my mom also raids my stash constantly.

I realize I didn’t get any pictures of the cute PJs that I got for my nephew. Clothes were .25 cents each. In the end I spent $12for everything and I expect to earn back more than double that off of one Poshmark sale.

10-19-18 Thrift Finds and Neighborhood Garage Sale- $3.50 Kindles

I was already paying at the local thrift store when I happened to spot a stack of Kindles on a nearby shelf. I bought 3 of them. Two were $3.50 each and one was $10 with the case. One of them works already and I will have to see if I am going to be able to reset the other 2 or I will return them.

I bought this mega intense car seat for my nephew who lives out of state for when he visits so my sister doesn’t have to fly with a car seat. We will check for any recalls.

I got this plastic storage tub and a Play Station 4 game for $5 total at a yard sale. No pic of the game because B is already playing it.

These Toms shoes were $1 a pair. I need to get them listed on Poshmark ASAP. I think they will go for at least $30.

B bought this set of Dilbert toys for $2 they will also go on eBay.

Mom found this brand new set of flannel sheets at the thrift shop for $4.

You can’t see them very well in this crappy pic but I got a set of throw pillows for $2.

We picked up 2 more shower curtains for $2 each and a little travel sign for a Christmas gift for about $1.

I got the above really nice Liz Claiborne purse for $2 at a yard sale. It’s exactly what I was looking for as my laptop will fit in it and it will replace the purse I have with a broken zipper.

Both of the above bags are Neiman Marcus and were $1 each at a yard sale. Not sure yet if I will keep them or sell them.

We got this shark bite blanket for my nephew for around $1.

Almost all of the items in the above picture were from a free box at a church rummage sale. I did buy the book and a few small things but most were free.

10-15-18 A Few Frugal Things- A Kitten and Trader Joe’s Stock Up

 

 

Frugal Things

– We finally made it to Trader Joe’s 10/5 to stock up on some harmful chemical free products at their great prices. However, this never feels frugal at the time because the store isn’t convenient to get to so I buy enough for 4-6 months at a time but it saves us a lot in the long run. See pic below to see the household items we stock up on.

– We resisted the urge to go to Shake Shack by Trader Joe’s for lunch and then I wasn’t feeling very well so we didn’t go shopping after which would have been fun but did save us money

– I really feel like I got a great deal on the laptop I bought. It’s not a super cheap one but it’s making my life so much easier with all of it’s features and saving me a lot of time at work.

– We have started watching the show Harlots on HULU. Who needs cable?

– We stopped at half off day the thrift shop the day before we went to visit my mother and we were able to buy her some really nice hand towels, wash cloths, a new with tags rug and memory foam rugs

– My mom needed to visit a sick family member and we were able to buy her a ticket on a discount airline out of a local airport, she won’t pay for a bag or seat and will travel light which saves us a lot of money

– I finally got to visit Dollar General Market because I had heard that it was even cheaper than ALDI. I personally didn’t find it to be that cheap so I’m glad I wasn’t missing out on anything but they did have 50% off their clearance and I found a few small things. The half off didn’t ring up at the register so they had to fix it. I’m glad I was paying attention.

– B did a big shopping trip at ALDI that should get us through the rest of the month

– I continued to use my almost empty eye liner for much longer than expected. I try to use every last bit of everything I buy.

– My mother is coming to visit on Tuesday for my birthday and I’m excited about it. We want to go see the new movie A Star is Born and Tues nights at the nice local theater is only $5 a ticket.

– I gave my friends some gifts today when we got together for lunch, two friends I gave eyeshadow pallets that I purchased on clearance for dirt cheap and my other friend I gave some adorable little baby toys include a soft baby book with lots of ‘cat’ tails

– My mom is still having printing trouble so for $14 I purchased an ink cartridge for my old LaserJet 1100 printer that she can plug into her laptop. The printer is no frills aka Wi-Fi but that seems to be the best way to go at the moment.

– My work is having a stray cat problem. It should not be normal to see stray cats. They are not wild animals. I was able to find a rescue to help us TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) the cats but one day the custodians ended up with a kitten that needed a foster. I found a bottle feeder for the kitten but not before I purchased some stuff in case we had to keep it for the weekend. I was able to return everything for a full refund which saved me about $50. Good deed done and no money spent. See adorable pic of our puppy and the kitten above.

Not So Frugal

– It’s still very hot in Florida so our electric bill is still a little over $200 but hopefully this is the last month

 

Extra Income

– I had a really great bundled sale of 2 items on eBay. I stand to make just under $60 on the items that both had been listed for over a year. The person left great feedback so that was a great profit. My eBay strategy is to relist all items that don’t sell using the free listings that eBay offers and EVENTUALLY I find that everything sells.

– I went through my death pile of items I have not gotten around to listing and pulled out items that I don’t think will sell or aren’t worth listing. I’m going to sell them at the yard sale we are having next month. These are items that will do better at a yard sale than online.

– I love having little side hustles! Even making a little extra money besides my regular full time job makes me happy and one step closer to our goal of buying a farm.

– We went thrifting and our best find was Furbys! We will see what they sell for on eBay.

– I have been earning a ton of Swagbucks through these pop ups for email lists. I did one for Huggies for 50 SB, one for Suiteness for 100SD and one for Tablespoon for 40SB. That’s a great reward for signing up for email lists. Of course, I use a junk email address.

 

Sustainability Living (Eco Friendly, Harmful Chemical Free, Reduced Waste, etc.)

– The pic below is of the household items we stock up on at Trader Joe’s. Harmful chemical free products can be expensive but not Trader Joe’s brand. It’s kinda an open secret that their toothpaste is Tom’s of Maine in a generic package for 1/3 the price.

 

4 Community Yard Sales and a Rummage Sale- $20 Haul

We actually only spent $20 going to 4 community’s worth of yard sales and a church rummage sale. We got stuff for my nephew, mother, us and to sell so overall a great day. Unfortunately, we didn’t get as much to sell as we hoped but we tried. As far as selling goes, our best finds were the teal London Fog coat, an old furb, a NWT BKR bottle and a set of collectable Dilbert cartoon toys. Here is what we got all for $20 total. 


10-8-18 Thrift Finds- Furbys!!!!

The best find from this trip were Furbys! I never see these but they sell well on eBay and were $1 each! I still need to test the batteries but we also found some nice clithes, housewares and boots all $2 or less each on half off day at the local thrift shop. 

A Few Frugal Things- A $20 Dress Form and New Laptop

We walked to a yard sale in our neighborhood and I bought the above pictured dress form for $20. It was covered in a lot of fall crap but underneath was an expensive and adjustable sewing dress form that I am using for my Poshmark/ Ebay sales pictures and will be able to use for my sewing projects as well. This dress form would have cost well over $100 to buy new.

Frugal Things

–  This week things really picked up at work at both of my main jobs. And then my laptop died. I don’t like having to rush through a decision about which laptop to buy but I didn’t have any choice and I think it turned out okay. It’s never frugal replacing a laptop but by ordering it on Amazon I saved $500 over purchasing one immediately at Best Buy, I didn’t go with the cheapest option because those laptops only seem to last a year or two, instead I got a slightly better one and hopefully it will last a little longer because I really don’t want to have to go through this process again. So far I love it!

– I was able to rent a laptop from work until my new laptop arrived

– We have been eating at home, mostly thanks to B who has been cooking

– We finally found a new dog groomer for the pup’s nails and glands, this is frugal because if he gets a clogged gland it’s very expensive and, frankly, it’s not worth the money saved to fight him for hours to do his nails at home

– We carpooled with friends to a Burger Battle from local restaurants, our tickets were half off through a deal B found and no gas expense either

– Our local thrift shop gets the Disney lost and found ever few months and I did some great Christmas shopping for very low prices

– B cut his own hair and my hair

– I wanted to order pizza for everyone for a work meeting and I was able to get work to pay for it so I didn’t have to. We ordered pizza from a locally owned place and it turned out great. They were willing to give us a similar deal to a chain place that is usually used whose owner has expressed beliefs that I cannot support even if the money isn’t coming from my pocket. Took home 2 leftover slices for a snack.

– My mother gave me a keyboard and shirt when I visited her so I didn’t have to buy the keyboard and she fed me dinner

– We are keeping our Cat Genie unplugged when we aren’t home so that we only run it when it needs to be run, saving us money

– Decided not to leave the house Sunday, this saves time and money and instead I got ahead at work

– I found B a new pair of running shoes at the thrift shop for $1. Shoes are usually outrageously expensive.

– Mom was having some eBay printing trouble and I was able to sort it out for her online and she was able to print her shipping labels at work.

– We visited my Mom to help with her printer and cell phone issues and it turned out to be a much cheaper trip then we thought. We thought we would have to buy her a new cell phone to get it to work as a WiFi hotspot (the only way she can get internet at her house) but they helped us at the store so we didn’t have to. Then we went to eat and I downloaded the Moe’s Ap and got her meal for free. Then we bought her printer ink and it was cheaper at Walmart than anywhere else. Then the $7.50 printer we got at the thrift store worked so she could return the $40 printer she purchased.

– I really need to get to Trader Joe’s for several of their harmful chemical free products but unfortunately have not made it. I’m making due without but I’m almost out of toothpaste so I will have to go soon. This is frugal because I’m using up every last drop of product I have

Not So Frugal

– Replacing a laptop is never cheap but I’m happy with the one above that I bought

– I bought a $10 in the box printer from the thrift shop for my mom who needs one but unfortunately it doesn’t work. We are going to return it. Unlike Goodwill, they only do returns on electronics which is fine.

Extra Income

– I have continued to earn some small online income

– My 2nd contract job has been renewed and I am happy for the extra income even though it means a lot more work for me, partnering with a friend who has the same contract to make things easier

– I have sold several things online that were listed over the summer

– I need to list more items for sale but I just haven’t had the time

– I did end up listing and selling the below rob that paid for the new dress form! It sold one day after listing.

 

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