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Ulta Revolution Makeup Palette Clearance $3.49

I was having brunch with a friend today and I thought she was wearing Urban Decay sin eyeshadow but it turns out that she was using this dupe. The revolution Redemption eyeshadow palette iconic 3 is currently on clearance for $3.49 which I found out when I went right away to buy it. This is a great deal and as I said, an Urban Decay sin dupe. Considering the Urban Decay version cost $18 for one single eyeshadow, this is a great deal. I bought six to use as Christmas presents and I was able to use a $3.50 off $15 coupon that Ulta always offers. So for the same price as one single eyeshadow, I got 6 palettes.

You might be able to use this deal online as well. 

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7-31-18 Thrift Finds- Jeans and Legos

I also got this giant bag of Legos which had a lot of Star Wars guys in it. It’s already listed on eBay here.

I had really great luck this trip with Lucky brand jeans and True Religion jeans for $2.50 each! Some were our size and some are to sell.

I also got a lunch box, a rolling bag for $4, and some small stuff that will be Christmas gifts including a Lego H&M super hero hat for my nephew. I go through so many professor rolling bags because most are made so that you can’t replace the wheels and the wheels wear out long before the rest of the bag. This bag, you can replace the wheels but the material is already fraying! Someday I will find a bag that lasts longer!

When I am thrifting I always keep my eyes open for like new rugs and towels and this trip I got lucky. I got two matching towels and rugs that didn’t seem like they had ever been used. The towels are super thick and a nice brand and the rugs are memory foam and we have already been using the rugs in the kitchen. They are nicely padded for our feet over our tile floor. Unfortunately, this dark color shows lots of dust and pet hair.

The candle holders match our living room but I haven’t decided where to put them yet. Our house has a lot of really nice accessories that were all dirt cheap from the thrift shop. I love the boho dress in the middle and the shoes were $1 a pair for Vans and Toms and are already listed on Poshmark.

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I also purchased a pair of gap jeans and black Express for $2.50 each, one pair for me and one for B. I got a new in package apron from Ikea. I have been wanting an apron and it came with a funny pillsbury dough boy type hat. I also got a Nintendo handheld thing for $2.50. Also a stack of hats for summer. Also a book for my nephew and a set of 6 matching curtains for my mother who needed a set for her front window. The beware of dog sign is a joke. Oh and I also got a new in package set of stainless steel straws.

7-27-18 Thrift Finds- Clothes and Bookshelves

Some smaller finds this week. I found a really nice rug ( don’t mind the blurry picture) and some cute clothes. All less than $2 each

Shoes were $1 each and I also got some small Christmas stuff.

I bought the above hoodie and overalls to sell but when I got home I realized that neither had size tags. My brother got a nice hoodie and I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the overalls.

The books on the left were free and I will give them to my nephew for Christmas. I bought butterfly pics for the guest bedroom, brand new socks for B, and a wooden cover journal for my aunt.

All small stuff $2 or less. A battery operated lamp for hurricane season. A ladle and new shot glasses because we needed them for the kitchen AND a laser toy for the cats and puppy. Unfortunately, the laser moves too fast for them to chase it but I might try attaching a toy to the top LOL

This pic is horrible but these two matching, solid wood bookshelves were a steal. They originally wanted $55 each for them but it was half off day and I had a 10% off coupon. I even paid $35 to have them delivered and it was still a great deal! Now to unpack our books that haven’t been unpacked since we moved a year ago!

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7-9-18 A Few Frugal Things- Bridal Shower and Boat

We have had a busy couple of weekends. Last weekend we hosted a wedding shower for a close family member and this weekend we spent on a friend’s boat. It has been so much fun and actually very frugal.

A few frugal things

– The wedding shower went very well. Although lots of cleaning and decorating of the house was involved it was very little expense on our part. I did buy a large wall picture for $14.99 from Goodwill and a rug from Home Depot but we had everything else we needed to make the house presentable.

– As a gift for hosting the shower we were taken out to eat, bought lovely gifts and bought coffee. We also ended up with a ton of leftover food including a Publix cheese tray, a Publix veggie tray, desserts and a pasta, garlic knot and salad dinner from a local Italian restaurant.

– I gave my MIL and SIL lots of extra clothes that I either decided I didn’t have time to list for my online selling business or were going to yard saled. They were really happy with the clothes and I was happy they will use them and I will get rid of clutter. We also gave them some smaller items we weren’t using including a pet fountain, a makeup pallet, a small bird cage and a cooler.

– I got a couple of matching, gorgeous, dark wood bookshelves from the thrift shop. Originally they were listed for over $100 but it was half off day and I had a coupon. Even with paying $35 for delivery they were a steal. Several of our bookshelves broke the last time we moved so our books are still in boxes in the garage.

– The next week after the shower was 4th of July but B had a huge test the next day so we stayed in and got some stuff done. It was still a nice day and not expensive.

– The next weekend we spent Saturday out on our friend’s boat at a local Spring. It was a beautiful day on the water. We also got some great exercise going up and down the spring. We brought food and drinks with us so very little expense involved.

– On Sunday we went to the farmer’s market. We brought the puppy and he did really well with the other dogs. We got lots of food from local venders but didn’t purchase any nick nacks. It’s unfortunately not a farmer’s market that sells many vegetables but we still have a lot of those in the fridge.

– We have been enjoying our pool and patio. It’s 1,000 degrees in Florida right now so cooling off is really nice.

– Randomly ended up going to lunch, the thrift shop and mall with a friend on Friday. I got several errands completed including buying a dress and shoes for the upcoming family wedding, returning a dress I was never going to wear, and giving that friend a few things I had collected for her.

– Still enjoying watching The Handmaid’s Tale and Naked and Afraid XL streaming online.

– Watched a movie at home that we had wanted to see in the theatre but waiting until we could watch more comfortably and for free at home.

– These were some really fun weekends without spending much.

Not so Frugal

– I bought a couple pairs of cute high heels for the coming family wedding but they were on sale and I used a coupon so overall, I have zero guilt with this purchase.

Extra Income

– Still in the hiring process for small side jobs.

– Did sell a few things on Poshmark.

– Earned a $50 reward card from my Credit Card that I use to buy gas

Harmful Chemical Free and Reduced Waste Living

– My early composting efforts seem to be going well. It looks like real soil.

– I replanted some of my container vegetable garden and added organic soil. My small plants don’t produce much but they aren’t a huge time or money expense either for a hobby. I just think I need more plants. I would like to go to a local plant nursery to buy some. There is one in my home town but it’s 40 mins away.

6-15-18 A Few Frugal Things- Flushing Cat Litter Box

Our new CatGenie flushing litter box!

It’s been a crazy few weeks including going out of town for a family emergency, getting back to have family arrive at my home for a visit the day after, then the day after they leave I start teaching my summer classes. I am trying to plan ahead as much as possible so that this doesn’t become an excuse to spend way too much money.

A few frugal things

– We purchased a CatGenie flushing litter box and it’s amazing! We don’t have to buy litter, scoop litter, etc. It takes care of everything. It’s awesome and saving us money. With 3 cats, I can’t suggest this enough.

– We were able to find affordable plane tickets to go out of town at the last minute by looking at Allegiant Airlines and flying out of the awesome small airport by our house. We didn’t pay for bags and just brought personal item bags.

– We had an awesome visit with our relative but besides for errands stayed at her beautiful house on a couple of acres in the foothills of a mountain. The company and beautiful views made for a frugal trip.

– When family visited immediately after we got back we ended up hanging by our pool, visiting the beach where our relatives were staying at a hotel, thrift shopping, and doing a big grocery shop so we ate at home. It’s too hard to go out to eat with a 1-and-a-half-year-old. It was a fun and frugal visit.

– We finally blew up some pool floats and got out some pool toys that had been purchased on clearance last winter. Because pool service is included in our rent our pool is actually very frugal entertainment.

– I had good luck thrifting with my sister. We are hosting a family event in a few weeks and that has motivated me to try to address a few blank spots in our decor. I found a huge wall painting for $15 to cover a very blank wall, I also found a shelf set to use as a plant holder.

– Went through the dresses in my closet and got opinions from my sister, mom and B. I got rid of a few and know that the ones I am keeping fit well.

– B and I ended up with Strep throat. I was able to go to the Walgreens clinic a few minutes from the house. I like them better than CVS because you can make an appointment so you aren’t waiting forever. It was about $30 in copay and prescriptions. B was able to go to his university’s free clinic (more like a 4 story hospital) so he didn’t have a copay and his prescription was only $4.

– Didn’t have to pay gas or tolls to drop family at the airport because we were sick. Also didn’t have to buy anything for being sick because we already had everything at home. Being sick is never frugal but I’m trying to look on the bright side.

– One of our toilets was running constantly and so we had been turning the water on and off between flushes. B took a look and was able to fix the toilet without buying any parts.

– We still have a lot of groceries in the house after company left including leftovers.

– I am getting ready to teach my summer classes. The pay is decent and they are only 6 weeks long.

Not so Frugal

– Unexpected plane tickets, extra groceries, getting sick aside it has been a fairly frugal few weeks.

– I bought a huge watermelon that we ate half of. We waited a couple of days to cut the other half and it went bad.

– Doing some extra laundry because of towels and sheets and blankets used while family was here.

– We are still trying to create a flea free house. This is expensive and not working. The problem isn’t horrendous but I have a zero-tolerance policy that may be impossible to achieve in our part of FL.

Extra Income

– Besides for a few small things, I haven’t had time to work on most of my side hustles but have still made some small increases.

– I have also applied to teach some extra classes. They are online and very flexible.

Harmful Chemical Free and Reduced Waste Living

– The CatGenie flushing litter box is awesome! Not only does it flush all of the waste into the toilet but it means that I no longer have to buy or throw away litter! This has greatly reduced our household waste, previously our biggest source of waste was old cat litter.

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6-3-18 A Few Frugal Things

We bought a flushing robot litter box. No more scooping poop for us! That thing is amazing! You do have to buy sanitizer solution about once a month for $20 but that is actually less than we currently spend on litter. While the initial purchase wasn’t cheap it was cheaper than a lot of robotic litter boxes, will save us money on litter over time and saves my sanity for having to clean a disgusting litter box every day because we have 3 cats. (One of the cute cats pictured below)

 

A few frugal things

– We are renewing our lease at the end of the month and they wanted to raise our rent by $30 a month. It’s not a huge amount of money but over a year it adds up. B called our landlord and asked if he wouldn’t raise our rent and he said YES!!!!!!!!!!!! $360 saved in one phone call!

– Instead of going out to dinner for B’s birthday we grilled steak at home. We did go out to lunch a couple times over the 3 day weekend but it was still cheaper than an expensive dinner

– B wants new glasses as his birthday present, this is frugal because it’s money that has to be spend anyways versus useless junk

– Looks like we have a couple of tomatoes that are almost ripe in the vegetable garden.

– We had baked potatoes for dinner. It’s an easy and cheap meal and we like it.

– I remembered to refill a 3 month prescription before it expired. The pharmacy kindly reminded me to fill it as early as I possibly could so that I wouldn’t miss 3 months of medicine.

– We got our first pepper and tomato from our veggie garden! Hardly a meal yet but it’s exciting.

– Still going to my Friday class. It’s an hour away so I am still carpooling with a new friend I met the first day who lives 5 mins away. They also give us a lot of nice snacks including bags of chips and bananas and cookies.

– When we arrived at class this week the light had come on for low tire air pressure. I keep a small electric air pump in the car for just such occasions. When I added air to the tire I could see that there was a split in the side. I called the local branch of the tire place 3 out of 4 of my tires came from and they were able to order a matching 4th tire by the time I was out of class. I got a new tire and this time I sprung for the $52 insurance on all of the tires that will cover this type of accident going forward. I have been known to hit a curb or two.

– Deep cleaned the house and outside patio area. Good exercise and I didn’t have to buy anything to do it. I love having an extremely clean house! Good for my mental health and allergies! It is a good reminder that I don’t need to buy much, besides kitchen rugs, to host a huge family party.

– I made dinner using a cabbage that was going to go bad. We weren’t so lucky with the head of lettuce but it got added to the compost so it will become food for future veggie garden crops.

– I went shopping with my friend and her mom. Had a lot of fun but I didn’t end up buying anything except lunch. We got hibachi at the local (and very nice) mall. I love the food and they enjoyed it too.

– Gave my father our old robot litter box (new costs about $85) and the extra pet fountain I bought at the thrift shop. He helps us with a lot of small household stuff because he is super handy and I always appreciate it!

– We are dealing with a family emergency and had to buy two plane tickets and go out of town unexpectedly. That part is not frugal but the timing worked out because I am already off of work and we were able to get perfect flights at a discount airline and they were less than half the price of all of the other airlines.

– We are able to watch my favorite survival show Naked and Afraid XL free live by using my father’s cable login

Not so Frugal

– The radiator went in B’s car and a while it was in the shop a few other things needed to be done and $370 later his car is drivable again

– Paying for a new tire unexpectedly

– We agreed to host a family party at our house. Another relative is paying for it but I’m sure there will be costs associated that we haven’t thought of yet.

– We rearranged our schedule and drove over half an hour to look at a farm in our ideal neighborhood. When we got there our realtor never showed up or answered his phone. His wife is claiming a minor medical emergency. I don’t know what to believe.

– The current high cost of gas thanks to you know who of the big tower

Extra Income

– I have had some really awesome thrift finds and rummage sale finds that should be solid sales on eBay or Poshmark

– I sold a few small things online on Poshmark and eBay

– I also have done some small online work and will do more if it comes my way.

– I should be getting paid soon for taking a summer faculty development class

– I have almost earned enough through Swagbucks for another $25 gift card

– I almost have enough credit card points for a $50 VISA gift card

Harmful Chemical Free and Reduced Waste Living

– The thrifted steam mop heads arrived from Amazon and that thing is AMAZING! Just in time because we agreed to host a family event at the house.

– Cleaned the whole house using the steamer, broom, vacuum, water, rubbing alcohol and rags but zero harsh chemicals

 

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