Thursday, April 17, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week



1. We were gifted some men's clothes from my sister. I set aside some pants and a few shirts that my hubby will be able to use for work

2. I bought home some food from work destined fir the garbage. We have got two main dishes out of the leftovers. 

3. Kid # 3 and I are planning to participate in a yard sale with my daughter in law and her sister. We will use the money we make from the yard sale towards Kid # 3's fall tuition. Anyway I have 2 boxes ready and priced

4. I used my Target cartwheel app on my phone to help save some money on Easter candy for a hunt we do at my sisters. Anyone else use this app?

5. I started getting our yard ready for summer. I have several flower beds that needed cleaned out and remulched. I will be putting down weed fabric which I already have from another project. Woohoo for using things we already have!


How do you all like my new button/ picture thingy for these posts? If you are participating and doing the 5 things on your blog feel free to use my thing :) please leave your link in the comments so I can see your post too. Sometimes I miss them :(




Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Duvet Cover

A few weeks ago I posted on a 5 Frugal Things Friday post about making Kid # 5 a new duvet cover for her bed.  I of course meant to post pictures of it a few days after that.  Life has a funny way of getting in the way though :)

Anyway here it is


I used a flat zebra print twin sheet I had picked up at Goodwill for alittle over $2 for the front side.  Kid # 5 is all about the zebra print at the moment.

For the back side I used about 2 yards of black fleece I already owned.


To be able to easily take it on and off for washing I used some velcro tabs I already had and sewed them on in 4 different spots.


I think it turned out pretty cute and was very frugal too.  Kid # 5 loves it and I guess that is what really matters :)



Friday, March 28, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. Went on a dinner date with my hubby. used coupons and saved us $4.

2. Found the PBS tv show Call The Midwife on Netflix. Watched the first 2 season. Used a service we pay for and got my money's worth for the month :) Anyone watch this series? I love it!

3. Finished decluttering Kid # closet? have a box to donate to Goodwill. Have a few items to give to Kid # 1. Gave some other items away to friends who I know can use them.

4. Utilized items I already owned in the organizing and decluttering of the closet mentioned in #3. I love to find new ways to use thing I already have!

5. I made Kid # 3 a chocolate birthday cake from scratch using pantry items I already had.

*almost forgot my no spend days :)

2-no spend = 7 for March

Thursday, March 20, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. Repurposed a container to hold 10 lbs of popcorn kernels instead of buying one. 

2. Went for my first dental cleaning of the year even though I hate going to the dentist. This saves me money by taking care of my teeth.

3. Asked for a sample tube of sensitive teeth tooth paste while at the dentist. My husband is the only one who uses it so the sample lasts a long while and saves me from having to buy it.

4.  I brought home some food items from work that were destined for the garbage. They won't make whole meals but will add to what we already have.

5. I did most of our grocery shopping at Aldi and with a list :)




2-No Spend Days this week = 5 for March

Friday, March 14, 2014

5 Things I Did That Were Frugal This Week

1. Had money left in our two week gas budget. Moved it to savings.

2. Ad matched fot the first time at Target. Then also used Target Cartwheel app to get cheap coffee.

3.  Made this "new" storage box for Kid # 5's room. Using duck tape and a shoe box.  I will for sure be making some more :)


4. Had Hubby stop and pick up Kid # 4 on his way home from work. This saved me time and us money combining trips.

5. We had a leftovers night again this week.

* I kinda lost track of my no spend days this month but this week I had 3 :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bathroom Remodel

I can't believe I haven't shared this on here before now.....

About 10 months or so ago I got a wild hair and decided I could not stand our main floor bathroom any longer.  It was one of the only rooms we had not remodeled or done much of anything to.

Here is what it looked like before:





Here is what it looks like now :)










This is what we did.  First I painted the stripes.  One gallon of Queens Anne Lace white paint from Lowes $30.  One 3/4 gallon of paint I bought off a local facebook site for $5, that is the tan color.  I have no idea what the name of that color is.  

My husband had removed the vanity so that I could paint the stripes and I had planned to paint the vanity anyway.  Along time ago I had found the new medicine cabinet on clearence at Lowes for $20.  I knew I wanted the vanity to match so I took a shelf out of it and had it color match at Lowes.  I then primed it with 2 coat of Zinsser primer and then 2 coats of the color matched paint $25.  We added new knobs from Hobby Lobby 50% off around $10 and eventually will add a new faucet when the funds are available.

I found the light above the medicine cabinet on clearence at Walmart for $35. My husband added the glass tile backsplash for $ 40 . The circle towel ring was free from my sister who replaced hers. 

I painted the closet door the same color white as the white stripe and all the trim.  I added a new handle and hinges purchased from ebay for $20.   

We replaced the floor, door casings and base boards for about $200. 

We also replaced the light switch plate, toliet paper holder and outlet cover all bought at Walmart for  $18.
The curved shower curtain rod was bought at Gordmans with a 20% off coupon for $15.  The shower curtain I already had and the hooks were bought at a yard sale for a $1.  The stool I bought at a flea market for $5 and the bath mat I already had also.

My husbad made the shelves above the toliet for me.  The brackets I got at Hobby Lobby 50% off and the wood tops he made from scrap wood we already had.  I painted them white with the paint we already had.  Total $15

The towel "hooks" my husband also made me.  I can't remember the exact cost of it.  I want to say around $20.  The knobs used as hooks were purchased at Hobby Lobby 50% off.  The sign above it was purchased at a store in my home town called Country Junction.  I think it was around $30.  

This whole project I worked on for about 5 months.  As you can see I tried my best to save as much money on it as I could.  This summer we would like to purchase a new faucet, possibly a new sink, a fan/light combo for the ceiling and put crown molding. Then the room will be officially done.  

Oh all the accersories on the shelves I shopped my house for also :)


























Saturday, March 8, 2014

Birthday Present For My Mom

Several months ago my Mom and I were at a local craft fair and she wanted to buy this purse like thing to hold her water bottle.  I talked her out of it.  I thought it was to much to pay and also something I could easily make for her.

Fast forward to her birthday a few weeks ago and here is what I made for her.






I thought it turned out well.  She really liked it.  I had everything on hand and did not have to purchase anything for this present.

I used this tutorial  for the measurements only.  Otherwise I didn't use any batting and lined the inside with terry cloth and used a canvas strap all of which I already had.