Friday, November 18, 2016

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week


1. We ate our leftovers :) 

2. I only ran the dryer for two loads this week. Everything else has been hung up to dry. 

3. I ordered a Christmas present from Kohls. Had a 30% off code. Went through Ebates to earn cash back and choose in store pick up to save on shipping. I picked it up after work since I work right by Kohls to save on gas. While I was in the store picking it up I paid my Kohls charge account right then in cash. No late fees or forgetting about paying for me! 

4. While at work I walked with my kids to Joann Fabric since it is also close to my work. Bought some fabric I needed for a Christmas gift using a 60% off coupon for it :) 

5. Reach my first goal with my part time selling on EBay. Paid cash for my husband 4 new tires for his car this week. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week


1. I had 3 stay at home days! 

2. We ate leftovers for most of the week. We have started having Sunday " family" dinners with some friends. We take turns at each other's houses. Sunday was our turn. We provided the main course and everyone else brought something. We had a lot leftover. 

3. I started working on a quilt which will be a Christmas present. So far I have been able to use up material I already own :) 

4. My husband wears bow ties when he plays in his band. I made him 3 new ones this week using scrap material I already had. 

5. I finished one of my projects I had been working on, spray painting some light fixtures in our house. This was cheaper then buying new fixtures in the color I preferred. Saved me approximately $40 a fixture :) 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thrifty Thursday

I had to drop my car off to be fixed this morning. I posted last week about having a issue with my car. We had to wait for a part to come in to have it fixed.  Turns out it was a wheel barring that is bad.  The shop we use is about a 1 mile from our house.  I frequently walk during the day at the minimum of 2 miles.  So I just walked home from the shop so that I can get some of my exercise in. It was a nice sunny morning, although kinda chilly.  When  it is time to pick my car up later today I will just walk to do that also.  Easy exercise and it saves on gas.

What did you do that was thrifty today?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

My Goals With EBay

Two post in one day..say what??!!

My first mini goal I set for myself when I started selling on eBay in June was to be able to make enough profit to buy both of our cars new tires.

 Today after mailing my packages from sales over the weekend I realized I have now made enough to get our first car new tires!  Woohoo! one car down, one more to go!

Reaching this point totally helps keep me motivated to keep at it. Even if my sales are slow and I only sale 3 or 4 items a week.  I am still making a profit!

Happy Tuesday!

Well I didn't manage to post over the weekend or yesterday which was a holiday from school for Kid #5.  Today we are back to our normal schedule.  Nothing to exciting happening this week.  We just have our usual schedule until the weekend.

 I do have a few projects I am hoping to finish.

 One is the recovering of our dinning room chairs.  I have 3 left to do so I plan to work on them today.

 The second is I am spray painting some of our light fixtures that I really wanted to update but discovered they would cost us about $40 a piece to do that.  We have 4 of them.  The can of spray paint cost me about $5. This was a much cheaper option.

The third project is finishing up the painting of my half bathroom vanity. I was waiting on my husband to help me with the holes for the new handles I bought, which he did over the weekend. So now I can paint the primer on them and then purchase the actual paint.

I need to run to the Post Office at some point today as I have 3 packages from my eBay sales to mail off.  EBay  has been slow going for me but at least I am making some money doing it. Every little bit helps!

Hope you all are having a great day!

Friday, October 7, 2016

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week


1. I prepped some fruit and veggies for the week for easy eating! 

2. Yesterday I had to take my dog to the Vet due to an eye infection. Had the money already to pay for it out of her sinking fund. 

3. Our Vet is very close to our house. Instead of driving there I walked with my dog. That way we saved gas and we both got exercise. 

4. I hung out 3 loads of laundry this week even though the temperature is starting to get cooler. 

5. I talked with the Vet about feeding my dog and what the right amounts were. Turns out I am feeding her maybe a little to much. Adjusting the amount will be healthier for her and make her food last longer for me :) 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Murphy Is Calling........

Murphy is knocking at our door and I wish he would just go away. 

First item is that our Escrow account was short for the second time and I will now need to pay about $300 extra.  Thank you high IL property taxes!

The next is my Anti Lock Brake system light is on in my car.  I am pretty sure my back brakes need replacing :/  My Hubs is gonna call and see about taking the car in today.

A few years ago these would have been BIG issues with our finances. Now they are minor annoyances.  It still is the pits to have to spend money that we were not planning on but at least now the money is there when we need it and we will not have to charge it on a credit card.