Monday, July 25, 2016

Last Week's Thrifty Moves

Sunday I used some of the scraps leftover from making all of those Covered Clothes Hangers to make a peg bag or clothes pin bag, whichever you prefer.  I've wanted to make one for quite awhile and now I finally have.  I think it turned out stinking cute and all out of scraps.  Whoo hoooo!

Sunday morning I decided to make a quick stop into a thrift store on my way to somewhere else.  I found a couple candles and a candleholder but this little oval frame really caught my interest.  I've had this picture of my great grandpa sitting on my desk for the last three years until I could find the perfect frame.  This one definitely fit the bill.  

One of these days I should share the story about this fine looking gentleman with all of you.  He died relatively young (he was my age), but he led quite an extraordinary life.

I checked online for coupons and found six to print off onto scrap paper.

I found two vintage nightgown patterns from the 1950s on eBay so I ordered them.  I've decided I want to try sewing for myself again, something I haven't done in decades.  I thought nightgowns might be a good place to start.  One of the patterns also includes a robe.  The other one a bed jacket, so sweet.  I was really impressed with how they arrived.  The woman I bought them from had made plastic sleeves to put them in and protect them.  Very thoughtful, I think.

I purchased three months of cell phone service for $29.99, which equates to $10 a month.  You can't get much better than that! J

A friend had given me a nice bunch of basil from her garden the week before.  The girls and I made our very first batch of pesto with it.  Mmmmmm.

From Amazon I ordered a case of Science Diet canned cat food for old man kitty which was much less than purchasing it locally.  At check out I was offered a 25% OFF coupon which took off an additional $5!  While I was at it I also ordered my youngest a pair of uniform pants for school and a Christmas gift for my oldest.

The youngest and I went shoe shopping as it couldn’t be put off any longer.  We found her a pair of sneakers for school and a pair of dress shoes for orchestra.  Both pairs were on clearance for a total of $45.  I was pretty happy about that!

My boss offered me a few hours of overtime this week.  I happily accepted.  He must have thanked me a bajillion times for helping him out of a pinch.  I looked at it as a wonderful opportunity to have more money for my debt elimination goal.  J

It was very hot last week so I got up each morning and opened the windows and set the fan at the back door to bring in the cool fresh air.  It helped a lot to keep the house nice most of the day so we only need the A/C in the late afternoon and evening.  I also did my lawn watering at this time.

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Our neighbors are renovating an old motor home.  They have  been working so hard on repairs, painting, putting in new faucets and a new hot water heater plus caulking the entire thing so seal it up and keep out the rain.  I've really enjoyed watching their progress.  So when they asked me if I would help them out with a little sewing I was thrilled.  I am now on curtain and cushion duty. this!  Much better!
It is a really pretty deep green.

I went with them when they bought the fabric and on Saturday I got started.  I recovered two of the four cushions that go to the dinette.  I love the fabric they picked and lucky them I had zippers in my stash that they get because I had no plans at all for them.  I'm hoping they will let me share their little home away from home later in a post.

I washed out several Ziploc bags to reuse.

My credit union sent me some free return address labels.  Very nice.

I sold a dozen eggs to a co-worker.  We fed our kitchen scraps to the hens.

How was your thrifty week?


  1. Your "Last Week's Thrifty Moves" posts are so enjoyable to me. Thank you for sharing them.
    - Molly

    1. Molly that is really good to hear. I'm so glad you like them. :)

  2. I like these posts too! I sometimes forget about the little things like the free address return labels that I get in the mail... I never thought of that as being thrifty but I guess in a way it is!

    The cushion covers you're making for your neighbors are nice, I sewed all new covers and curtains for my trailer when we redid it too!


    1. Thanks Tania! I love your little trailer. You all did such a great job on it. Lots of work, but lots of fun too, I'm sure.

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