Friday, June 7, 2019

Frugal Friday ~ June 7, 2019


Wednesday we stayed home and I mended a pile of clothing, which had at least a dozen items in the pile. Several items needed the hem put back into place where the stitching failed. Some things needed a fastener put back into place. 


Fixing things like this can make the difference between keeping an item useful or not, being able to sell it or not, or having to donate it and leave the problem to someone else. I choose to repair this one, which will make the item useful for much longer. 

Two cloth pads were repaired also with one needing sewing all around and another one just needing a new snap put into place.


Jean shorts...


One of the items needed the pockets redone.  The bottom of the pockets went past the hem on a pair of shorts my daughter liked. I shortened the pocket and then trimmed them, so you can't see them past the hem. She likes them much better this way. 


Youngsters nowadays love their jeans to look like this. Back in my day we prefered jeans that looked new and not distressed, but I'm older now and not a fashion expert. LOL

One freebie I received in the mail this week was a reusable shopping bag from Earthbound. We really like and use the reusable shopping bags and this one is a bright and colorful welcome addition to our collection. 



Taco Bell fans take note. The Golden State Warriors won a road game in the NBA finals, so Taco Bell will be giving away a free Doritos Locos Taco on June 18, 2019 from 2 to 6 p.m. Here is a link to the freebie on the Freebie Shark website if you're interested. 

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The weather here this week has been rainy and cooler as a result. As of this writing I have both the air conditioner turned off and the fans as it is really cool at 63 degrees in the house right now. I love it as I would much rather feel cool than hot. 

We continue to use up items in our pantry to make food here at home to save money. I didn't go to the grocery store at all this week. In fact I did not look at the grocery store sale ads this week, which is unheard of for me. 

So far we've had plenty of variety in our diets. Breakfast was a delicious bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar, walnuts, blueberries, and cherries. 

This week I took my car in for a front end alignment. It had been two years since my last alignment. I had a tire with a slow leak in March of this year and the mechanic who repaired it suggested my car needed the alignment, so since school is out I decided this was the best time to take care of that. Total cost was $79.95. 

Keeping the front end of your car aligned will save undue wear and tear on your tires and therefore save you money. It wouldn't make sense to buy new tires and not keep the front end aligned. The tires would wear out sooner and need replacing sooner, which would cost you more money.  Taking care of the things you own will save you money.

While I was out of the house I remembered that Panera Bread sent me a free pastry this week. I picked it up after the alignment and picked out a chocolate croissant. I don't know if you've ever had one of theirs, but they are delicious. I split mine with my daughter. 

Cleaning and organizing has continued this week. Over the years we have been given multiple boxes of fabric dryer sheets. We don't always use them as we don't always use the dryer to dry clothes and fabric softener makes some things like towels and cloth pads non absorbent. 

This week I cleaned this area of our home and threw out some of the old fabric dryer sheets as honestly they smelled off and I wouldn't want anything I was wearing to smell like that. I also threw out a couple of empty bottles that were left there to rinse out with water and use. The whole area looks much neater and better organized. 

How has your week been? Anything frugal you would like to tell us about in the comment section? We would love to read all about it.

Belinda
~ Living within our Means ~

17 comments :

  1. I've been doing our standard stuff - making meals at home, doing yard work while I'm home (so we don't need to hire someone), cleaning the house, decluttering, etc. It's been great! Such a change from my normal workload.

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    1. Oh, that is so nice. I love the ordinary days of summer. :)

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  2. thanks for the cue up on taco bell. And I get paid to fix things like your mending for people. Aren't people funny?

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    1. Yes, they are, Kim. Enjoy your Taco Bell!

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  3. Luckily I found a Taco Bell between Ogunquit Maine and Lancaster New Hampshire as we'll be on the road traveling from one to the other that day, June 18th. Maybe Hubs won't notice if I route us through every Taco Bell between Maine and NH? Nah.....lolz

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    1. Bahahaha! I can see it now you all loading up on Tacos. You won't have to spend any money for dinner that night. LOL

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  4. Mending and recycling towels and washcloths stretch $$$. It is worth my time. The mending videos that pop up on FaceBook are fabulous.

    You make me envious. I can't take allergy medications and must rely on air conditioning. DH is allergic to trees all year. No windows or doors are ever left open in our home.

    No yard sales today?

    -memphis metro

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    1. Yes, I love those Facebook videos, Anna. We can learn so much from them. No yard sales today as it is raining here, which makes me sad. It's supposed to rain all weekend, but we are still going to an indoor rummage sale tomorrow. So I am looking forward to that. My Mom and Bailey both have allergies and don't need the house opened up either. It's a sad part of life.

      I hope you are doing well and have a great weekend!

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  5. I always enjoy reading about what you have been up too.

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  6. I love chocolate croissant. I’ve never tried the ones at Panera Bread though.
    Have a wonderful weekend, Belinda.

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    1. Maybe someday you can try it, Nil. It's really good.

      I hope you have a wonderful weekend too.

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  7. Doing a big community yard sale in the Senior Housing Park we live in. Everyone pitches in 5.00 for signs, ads and misc. It should be a good one this year. Only missed one year here when I was out of town visiting my mom. We are just coming into nice weather and this looks like a perfect Saturday to have a sale. Walked around our streets tonight and a friend had out a Kenmore sewing machine in a cabinet. It had a free sign on it so I hurried and called her. She said it's in good condition. She will help me oil it soon. It hasn't been used in a while because her husband bought her a portable machine. I am a happy girl! Take care.

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    1. Oh my gosh that is so great Crystal! What an absolute find and free! I'm so tickled for you. I love a big community yard sale, they are so much fun.

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  8. Allergies and industry and pollution, we often think; however, not always true. Years with allergies (tops in that area of med here) did no good for DH. After years, allergists concluded he was allergic to trees of all kinds. Business travel could take him to 5 countries in 2 to 3 weeks. PCP, not allergists, relieved DH's allergies when they irritate the most. Any relief is welcome. By the way, his allergies began when he was 26 and we lived in Chattanooga = your territory and many kinds of trees.

    Rummage sale fun?

    -memphis metro

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    1. Your poor dh, Anna. DD suffers from the trees and grasses here. She just went to her allergy dr. on Thursday. She has seen him since she was 6 years old. He is moving away and going back to his home town next year in Murfreesboro. We will dearly miss him. The rummage sale was rained out today too, although we did go to one garage sale and found a couple of things. I hope the rain moves out or next weekend. I need my yard sale fix. LOL

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  9. Those shorts are adorable! I would have wore those shorts at her age. Cute as can be. I bet your DD would be good at fashion Instagram. I bet a lot of young girls would go crazy over her thrifty fashion. I know it's a good source of income if you pick up a sponsor or two at her age.

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