Sunday, May 20, 2018

Yard Sale Saturday

We've been staying in Chattanooga this week, so it was easy to get to the yard sales earlier as we didn't have to travel from our rural home. 

Unfortunately, there weren't many yard sales due to the weather, so we ended up at six sales on Friday and eight on Saturday. 

The first place we went to was a church yard sale, which is where I found most of the things I bought

I found two Rubbermaid items for my car that were still in the package. 

One is a serving tray, which we bought for the drink holder as my car needs more, but I missed getting a photo of it. There was also this bin/garbage collector, which was also $2.00.

The next item I found was a queen flannel flat sheet for $1. 

Next I found this new plastic shoebox with ribbons and some fat quarters inside for $2.00. I will use these items in my sewing center and use the shoebox as an organizer for the area. 

I also found this ziploc bag of ribbon for $1.00.

I found this bow maker for $1.00.

I found this cute piece of luggage for $3.00. I am going to convert my curent sewing box into this one. My current one lets needles fall out of it and I'm not crazy about that. 

I found another dish towel and washcloth for 50¢ each. 

I found the following movies for $1.00 each. 

I found the following CDs for 50¢ each. 

Fabric for my sewing center 50¢.

Some kitchen utensils...a Revere Ware pan, whisk, Made in the USA garlic press, and Farberware spoon. 

A stainless steel bowl for 50¢.

We were excited as towards the end of the day we found another church yard sale, but were disappointed at the prices. Most of them were retail prices, so we didn't buy anything at that sale. 

My daughter found two pair of American Eagle jeggings in a free box. We couldn't believe they were in the free box, she would have paid money for them.

That's it for Yard Sale Saturday this week. 

~ Living within our Means ~

Friday, May 18, 2018

Frugal Friday ~ 5-18- 2018

My Dad came for a visit last week and we were able to spend time with him on Friday & Saturday. 

We went to the Provident thrift store with Dad and they were giving away green peppers. This is the same place where we got the free power greens in March. 

Each family was limited to two bags. When I got home we had twelve green peppers. So, I washed them and cut them up and made six bags with them. They are now safely tucked into my freezer to use as needed. 

Swagbucks had a special Mother's Day Collector's Bill for Mother's Day and I won my search and earned 13 Swagbucks


I was able to get two free 8x10 prints at Walgreens this week thanks to Hunt4Freebies. I was also able to get a free 8x10 from Snapfish this week too. 

My daughter sold our old printer on Ebay and made about $2.50 on it. Normally we would have just tossed this, but I think it's better to have sold it for a small amount than toss it. 

I forgot to mention this in my yard sale Saturday post, but we came across a free yard sale last week. We picked up several articles of clothing for free from a free church yard sale. My daughter offered to make a donation, but they wouldn't accept it. 

This week I was able to work three days and could have worked all five days, but didn't since we are in Chattanooga and pet sitting for the week. 

We are going to yard sales today and Saturday this week. How was your week?

~ Living within our Means ~

Monday, May 14, 2018

Sluggy's Blog Box Giveaway for May 2018

Sluggy, over at Don't Read This; It's Boring, is having her monthly giveaway for the month of May. 

This month she is letting the winner pick whichever items they want until the box is full, so be sure to enter and get in on this great giveaway. 

~ Living within our Means ~

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Yard Sale Saturday

We were up bright and early to yard sale yesterday and we went to a total of 26 yard sales. The first one we went to was a neighborhood yard sale, which I like because you can park and walk around the neighborhood. 

The first place we stopped had some really good prices. They told us they were wanting to get "rid of things" when we first arrived, which is usually a good sign. 

They had boxes of really good books for 25¢ each, both paperback and hardback. We buy a lot of books at yard sales when we find them inexpensively, because we can trade them at Mckay Used Books. And I did buy several books to trade, but kept one for myself. 

I picked up this huge book, Gooseberry Patch Have Yourself a Homemade Christmas for 25¢. It originally retailed for $29.95, but can be found online right now for as low as $4.00. 

That's the problem with the mass producing of books today is that they don't always hold their resale value, so if you wait to get them, you can get them for much less, which actually isn't a problem for frugal people.

The next thing I stumbled upon at another sale was a box of sewing notions. They were priced at 5 for $1.00 and were brand new in the package

I've had zippers, bias tape, and ric rak on my shopping list for a few months now, so this was a great find for my sewing center. 

We bought a total of 23 pieces and she charged us $4.50, so 20¢ each, which sure beats the price these would have cost me retail and I had been looking at them at Joann Fabrics. 

Next, my daughter found a Mophie Wireless charging base like this one here for $15 also. We had looked at them at the Verizon store the other day and they are selling for around $50 right now, so this was a good deal. 

And of course both of us bought things we can resell, but I won't bore you with those items. It was 89 degrees while we were out yesterday, so it was a hot one. 

How about you? Were you able to get out and go to any yard sales? I would love to hear about it in the comment section. 
~ Living within our Means ~

Saturday, May 12, 2018

My Frugal Kitchen ~ What We Ate This Week

On Sunday I was busy working in the kitchen trying to get ready for the work week. I made potato salad, sweet tea, scalloped potatoes, and pasta salad. 

The pasta salad was put into individual bowls for lunches at work. There was enough made that it lasted all week long, which was great! 

I also soaked some dried chick peas and cooked those and turned them into mock tuna salad and brought those with me for lunches this past week also. 

Sunday Dinner

Chicken Patties
Scalloped Potatoes
Mixed Vegetables

I made the chicken patties using a can of chicken that I had on the pantry shelf. They were just OK and I won't make them like that again. 

The scalloped potatoes were ones I made from scratch and better than anything from a box. Potatoes, onions, butter, flour, and milk. Just plain and simple good food. 

Monday Dinner

Deconstructed Egg Rolls
Asian Stir Fried Rice
Stir Fried Vegetables

Tuesday Dinner
No Photo, Sorry
Free Birthday Dinner #1
Dam Deli
Patty Melt
Fried Pickles
Wednesday & Thursday

Free Birthday Dinner #2
Italian Combo
Lasagna, Manicotti, & Cheese Ravioli 
with Meat Sauce
Family Salad Bowl
Fresh Baked Garlic Rolls
Birthday Ice Cream & Cookie
This was enough food for me on Wednesday 
& 2 of us on Thursday

Friday Night

My Dad was in town and took all of us out to dinner at the Mexican Restaurant. He said it was for my birthday and Bailey's graduation. 
I had a Chili Relleno, Taco, Refried Beans and Mexican Rice. 

So, we ate out three times this week, which is really unusual for us anymore. It was nice to have the time off from the kitchen, cleaning and cooking. 

What was for dinner in your home this week?

~ Living within our Means ~

Friday, May 11, 2018

Frugal Friday ~ May 11, 2018

One day this week I subbed in a room with no microwave, so I brought my lunch in my mini crock pot, so it was good and hot when I was ready to eat lunch. 

This week I was able to sub four days having Wednesday off for my birthday. My Dad is in town for a visit too, so I will get to spend some time with him. 

Other Frugal Tips

It's been about two years ago now that my outdoor freezer tripped the breaker and we lost everything inside. 

At that time I cleaned it out and put in several gallons of water, which froze and remain in there to this day. 

The freezer used to trip the breaker regularly and I considered buying a freezer alarm. But the freezer has not tripped the breaker in all this time and I have to attribute that to the frozen jugs of water. 

It's a long time frugal hint to put jugs of water in your fridge, freezer, and toilet to help with efficiency. I have to say that it really works and has helped our freezer to be more efficient, not work as hard, and save money on our electric bill. 

Free Entertainment

I've been reading Food Budget Diaries over at the Kitchen. They are not always frugal, but some are fun to read. 

This week I perused the grocery store sale ads online. The schools have not been getting the newspapers lately, so online it is for now. 

I won't do a big grocery shopping trip right now as we are going to be pet sitting in Chattanooga for eleven days while our friend goes to Paris. I'll wait until we return to do a big grocery run. 

We enjoyed dinner out two nights this week thanks to free birthday dinners I received. I'll write more about those in this week's, What We Ate post. 

How was your week?

~ Living within our Means ~

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


Yesterday while I was at work, my daughter was busy at home with a surprise for me when I arrived. She had been working on this for over a month and she really did surprise me. 

We had been sharing a table since I bought my sewing machine last summer and whenever I was done sewing I needed to put everything away in order for her to be able to use the table as well. 

So, on her own she went out and bought me a table of my own and set it up yesterday while I was working. This was my birthday present from her. 

She also bought my favorite flowers, hyacinths and included the tulips as well. She also stripped my bed for me and washed all my bed clothes and made the bed for me before I got home. She was a busy little bee. 

Not only did she do that for me but she knew that I wanted to open an Etsy shop to sell things in order to have a second income stream. I even asked her, a month or so ago, to help me come up with a name for my new shop. 

So, she came here, to my blog, looking for inspiration and came up with the name, My Mountain Workshop, and even ordered business cards and set up an Etsy shop for me. Here is a photo of the cards she had made for me and a link to my new Etsy shop

The shop is empty right now, but I've been working on a few things like these dish towels made to look like little girl's dresses. Here is a photo of two that I've made. I did not make the one in the middle. 

These are still in the prototype stage, but this will be my summer project this year. To work on things to sell in my Etsy shop. 

So this birthday has been a very special one. Not only do I have a very thoughtful daughter, but I know that she is a blessing to me from God. 

Just as He tells us in the 127th Psalm, Children are a heritage from the Lord, Offspring a reward from Him. 

I'm counting my blessings this morning. 

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~ Living within our Means ~

Monday, May 7, 2018

Mother's Day ~ May 13, 2018

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Mother's Day is coming up this Sunday, May 13th, so I thought it would be appropriate to discuss this holiday. 

There are a myriad of ways to celebrate the day dedicated to Moms without breaking the bank. 

My Mom is always happy with clothes, although most of what I've read says not to buy clothes. I guess it depends on your Mom as my Mom is even happy with second hand clothes as long as it's something she needs. 

If you're short on cash this year there are stills ways to celebrate your Mom by thinking outside the gift box. 

Items such as...

- Picnic lunch at her favorite spot
- Make breakfast, lunch, or dinner to give her the day off from cooking. 
- Make her favorite dessert
- Wildflowers or Flowers from your own garden
- Do Mom's chores for her
- Make Mom a homemade card
- Make Mom a scrapbook
- A framed photo you know she will love
- Wash and detail her car
- Call her and have a long conversation
- Give her a manicure or pedicure yourself
- Mow her lawn (I would love this!)
- Watch a movie with her

Here are some good articles regarding spending on Mother's Day: 

The Motley Fool: Will Mother's Day Bust Your Budget This Year?

Mother's Day Deals and Discounts

2018 Mother's Day Freebies, Discounts, & Promotions

Whatever your budget allows for this year I hope you enjoy Mother's Day with your Mom or you enjoy celebrating with your own children. (Kitties and puppies included).

~ Living within our Means ~
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