Saturday, July 8, 2017

First Frugal Week of July 2017

Monday we went to the YMCA for my daughter's Zumba class and I went for a swim while she was exercising. I used my new to me swim bag that I picked up at a yard sale for 50¢.

I made three new pads for my daughter this week. The one above was made from a Camp Rock sheet, which was bought at the thrift store and upcycled. The one below was a scrub shirt, which we bought at the thrift store. 

This cloth pad below was made from a flat sheet, which we bought at Goodwill and upcycled. We kept the pillowcases. 

I only have five cloth pads to go before I reach the number of thirty that we settled on before. 

We stayed home on Tuesday and had a quiet 4th of July. I made a vegetable stir fry for dinner and made some more vegetable egg rolls. We wanted to go to our local fireworks show, but it was cancelled due to rain. 

On Wednesday I went to Walmart because I needed a few things. I picked up some distilled water for my CPAP machine. I like to get it there as it is only 88¢ per gallon. 

I looked at the fabric while I was there, but didn't find any that I liked. I did pick up a birthday present for my Mom. It was a set of summer pajamas. I also bought her some soap, on sale for $3.00, from Bath & Body Works over the weekend. 

Afterwards we went to the library with our laptops and utilized their Internet. We also picked up a couple of movies to watch at home later. No money spent there. 

When we came home my daughter gave me and herself a haircut. No money spent there either. 

I baked a cake on Thursday for Mom's birthday on Friday.  

I paid for my auto insurance this week. I could have paid two installments or a one time payment. Paying the one time payment saved me $12, so that is the one I chose. My auto Insurance is now paid up through January 2018.

On Friday and Saturday we went to several yard sales before the rain set in for the day.  

I found a sewing box to store thread for 25¢. 

We also did well on finding scrubs both days. Some people were just wanting to get rid of stuff and were willing to sell us a bag full for $2.00 at one sale. 

In all we ended up with about 20 scrub shirts for about 25¢ each, which certainly beats the Goodwill thrift store price of $4.99 each. 

We found two Disney movies for $1.00 each. 

I'm going to file this under unbelievable. We bought two brand new HUGE beach towels for 25¢ each. They are Better Homes and Gardens brand and one of them still had the tag for $12.97 on it. They practically gave them away!

My daughter found multiple items to resell online. She has done well for herself this summer by flipping and reselling items. 

We had a good frugal week here and hope that you did too! :)

~ Living within our Means ~


  1. Sounds like you got some great finds this week. WoW on the scrub tops!
    I wish our fireworks had been rained out - I am so over fireworks. They are still going on around here and have been for about 3 weeks prior. Folks are doing the illegal ones every where. I am ready to just hear crickets at night!!!

    have a good week.

    1. Oh, I feel your pain, Cheryl. I would rather not go to any fireworks shows, but my daughter wanted to this year. I'm OK without any of them. I couldn't imagine spending money on something that you are just going to blow up. LOL

      Hope you have a good week too. :)

  2. I love your swim bag!!!! I love the Sesame Street cloth pad. I love all the pretty fabric you found. I guess I just love everything. :)

    I thought of you this weekend. DH & I are tired of paying WalMart's expensive grocery prices. We have a grocery store drought in our area so WM tends to price gouge. We drove a bit further out of the way to shop at a local grocery store that is cheaper. The store had bags of cole slaw 25 cents a piece. Yes, you read that right. I thought if Belinda saw that she would scoop them all up. :) The store we like gets a lot of excess from the local farmer's so they sell it to us cheaply.

    1. Thank you, Aiyana. I love the swim bag and Sesame Street pad too. :)

      Wow! 25¢ for coleslaw is a GREAT price!! I would have scooped those up. You are so lucky to have that so close by you. How many did you buy? :)

  3. Great week Belinda. I Love reading about all the ways you are frugal. So motivational! Have a great week. Its getting hot here in my part of Tennessee.

    1. Thank you, Sarah. I'm so happy to hear that. We did get a little bit of rain over the weekend, which helped lower the humidity a little bit. Hope you find some ways to cool off easily. :)

  4. Do you ever have yard sales of your own, with some of the bounty you find? In a way it would be easier than selling the stuff online, but as you know people are accustomed to getting great deals at yard sales.

    Still, those BH&G towels ... Would it be worthwhile to sell them on eBay, given that you'd have to pay for postage? Probably not.

    1. We don't have yard sales here because we live very rurally and people won't drive out this far. But when we lived in another town we had one in the spring and one in the fall every year and did very well with them.

      As for the towels we will probably keep those as we love to go swimming and they come in very handy. That is a great idea though. Thank you, Donna.


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