11-24-17 A Few Frugal Things Thanksgiving Edition

We went to visit B’s family for Thanksgiving. We had a great time and it was a frugal way to spend our break. We brought wine we already had, I made homemade peanut butter pies, and the cost to get there was gas and tolls. Once we were there we stayed with family and ate Thanksgiving dinner and leftovers the rest of the time.

A few frugal things

– Didn’t have to buy and make an entire Thanksgiving dinner on our own because our family provided it.

– We had everything besides a couple of LED lights off at the house for almost a week which will save on the electric bill along with the colder weather which means not having to pay for AC.

– My mother in law gave us two really nice new pillows and cases that match the bed set she gave us. She said they were expensive and I believe it.

– We were able to bring our little dog with us so that cut our pet sitter costs in half. We have awesome pet sitters but need to find new ones as they are moving!

– Several of the gifts we gave a family member for their birthday were thrifted. Glad to have a family who is open to both new and thrifted gifts 😊

– We went on a lot of walks, played card games, cooked and visited other family while we were all together so we didn’t pay anything for entertainment.

– We needed another set of King sized sheets for our new bed and I found a set at the thrift shop with pillow cases for about $4.

– I’m excited to set up our Christmas Décor but with the two kittens I’m not sure how much can go out without getting broken.

– I’m slowly acquiring Christmas Gifts when I find great deals. I already have several big gifts out of the way.

– I have been slowly purchasing flannel clothing secondhand to use to make a King size flannel quilt. I’m really excited about working on this project even though it will probably have to wait until winter break.

Not so Frugal

– I thought I found a great Thrift shop deal on some Polo shirts that B needs for work but, unfortunately, they didn’t fit. Glad the money goes to women and children in the community but I probably over spent.

– We got fast food and pizza at the start and end of our trip because we were exhausted. They completely messed up our pizza order so they are giving us a free pizza on our next trip. Still not frugal.

– Amazon notifications ruined the surprise of a new kindle for me for Christmas but I have been happily stocking up on new free kindle books and I can get even more free from the library. Having a kindle has saved me an insane amount of money on book purchases and no gas spent on trips to the library since the kindle books are delivered wirelessly.

Extra Income

– I have purchased several items that I believe will sell for a high value on eBay including a vase, oven roaster, and swell water bottle. I’ve decided I will wait until winter break to list them when I have time off of work.

– I keep relisting my current eBay listings for free and slowly they eventually sell.

– I am planning another yard sale with my father soon. Since I already have everything together from the last sale, this shouldn’t take too much time.

Harmful Chemical Free Living

– I am trying a new strategy for mildew in the bathroom which is always a problem in Florida. I am leaving a scrub brush and spray bottle in the bathroom of vinegar and I’m going to wash the shower with vinegar left over from soaking the shower head to start. Maybe this will eliminate the need for Tilex, which is one of the last remaining chemicals in the house.

– I put all of the harmful chemical cleaners left in this house in a plastic bin in the garage where the pets can’t reach them. I was pleasantly surprised by how few we have although I was surprised that we owned two jugs of bleach because I can’t remember the last time we used it.

10-01-17 Recent Thrift Finds

I have had some really great luck thrift shopping lately. Here are some of my finds!

I found the above cubes that make an end table/ side table for $7 and they match the dark wood furniture in my living room.

It’s not a great picture but I found the above baby toys which are all name brands and very expensive in the stores for about .50 cents each for my nephew.

I found the above Tommy Bahama shower curtain and towel set for about $4 and they perfectly match my bathroom. Shower curtains are so expensive new! I could sell this set on eBay but I decided to keep it since we have a lot of company in our guest bathroom and it really does match perfectly.

This salad keeper was only $1.

I got the above pet food dish set for about $3 total. They are adorable!

This rolling cooler was about $2 and we needed one to replace our old one.

I also got this brand new with tags pet bed for $2. You really can find great new items at thrift stores too!!!

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11-12-2017 A Few Frugal Things – Cat Tower, Yard Sales, Thrift Finds

Our 2 young cats are scratching the furniture, breaking things and destroying our blinds. We figure at this point it could only help to get them a cat tower as a distraction. We priced them everywhere and Amazon was 1/3 the price so that is the one we got. B spent about 1 and ½ hours putting it together today but the cats are using it already.

A Few Frugal Things
– We moved a few months ago and there is nothing like moving and having to haul your stuff around to make you want to get rid of junk. The picture above is of even more stuff I added to the yard sale pile the night before. While I will never be a minimalist, I have been collecting stuff in the garage to donate. I was already considering if it was worth the effort to have a yard sale when I received a notice for a neighborhood yard sale where we live. I decided to go for it because it would save me from having to put out signs or advertise.
– We had the yard sale this Friday and my mother and friend joined me. Collectively we made about $175 which isn’t bad at all for stuff we were going to donate anyways. We also didn’t have any large items. It was all small stuff. We had fun, got rid of junk, got to hang out, got some exercise and made some money.
– We had to cancel the second day of our sale after some traffic events beyond our control. My father is going to try to have a Sale next Saturday so this is motivating me to go through the house even more to try to find even more stuff to sell.
– We also had some great finds at the other neighborhood sales. I purchased a black, knee length, winter pea coat that I have been searching for at the fantastic price of $3. I also purchase a Sunbeam kitchen mixer for $5 with all the accessories. I also got some great clothes from my friend for $1 each and a set of matching lamps for free!
– My mom needed toilet bowl cleaner and I had some I could give her so she didn’t have to buy it. We also needed more face wash and then I found a large, new container of it in the back of a cabinet. I needed tights for work in the cold weather and my mom found a pair for me that she wasn’t using. I love figuring out ways to get things for free that we would otherwise have to pay for.
– We have been cooking a mix of awesome and simple meals at home rather than getting take out.
– I found out at the vet that they now have some 3 year vaccines for dogs instead of every year and they are a lot cheaper, not to mention not having another vet visit to schedule or pay for.

– I found my sister a Baby Magic Bullet in the box for $8 so that she can use it for my nephew. Her and my brother in law use their regular Magic Bullet constantly so I bet they will use this one all the time too.
Not so Frugal
– I tried to drive my mother home and we ended up getting stuck in traffic for 3 hours before realizing that there literally wasn’t an option to get her home that wouldn’t take the next 8 hours when it should have taken 30 minutes. Luckily, I filled my gas tank as soon as we left or we might have run out of gas. But it also stinks to spend that money on gas and then have to waste it on traffic before heading back home to the house we just left to stay the night and start over in the morning. However, I am grateful that we all made it home safe and sound when we saw so many accidents.
– We spent hundreds of dollars fighting fleas on our pets and in our home after the hurricane. Thank god, we finally seem to have it solved but I have learned my lesson, I will go directly for the expensive treatments first in the future. This is one area that trying to save money just cost more in the long run.


Extra Income
– I made $100 at the yard sale.
– I sold a book on eBay that, no lie, I had been relisting with all of my other listings for at least two years.
– I bought a vase at the thrift shop for $5 that I think will sell on ebay for $80-$100. I love these finds!
Harmful Chemical Free Living
– The chemical free options for flea treatment didn’t work and caused so much chaos in our house. I’m still sad that we had to use some selective chemicals in the end but soooo grateful to have that plague *hopefully* over with.

 

 

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