Monday, February 23, 2015

Sharing Ways We Save

It's that time of week again, when I share what ever it is we have done recently to save funds.

I don't think I have been very thrifty lately.

This week we purchased new curtains for our bedroom windows from Kirkland's online store.  We ordered a six piece set  for 24.99 and were able to separate the pieces and cover three windows in the house.  I am not ready to share pictures of that yet.  I still have to hang up the curtains on my side of the room.

I received the new PINCH ME set of samples for this month in the mail.  There was a small body wash, a scented marker, as well as a dry erase marker which should work well with my chore board project once it is finished. is where I signed up for the samples at.

My nephew picked up the rest of his things from our shed and left alot of things behind that he said to trash, so I gleaned quite a few things.

- A motorcycle jacket with pads, and a pair of swim trunks for my husband
- A few tops for me
- A couple of pieces of clothing for my daughter (some pj bottoms and a couple of dresses)
- there were a couple pair of shorts that will be my son's next size so i will put those away with two nice   shirts for him
- there was also a lamp that can be used for lizards or baby we may put that to use later.
- A planter that will look nice on the porch, now to decide what to grow in it.

There are lots of other clothes that we personally cannot use, so I will either donate or possibly cut up some for rags, or at least take off the buttons and start a button jar, I am not sure.  I will have to look more carefully at what is left over this coming week.

We did make a trip to the mall, and my daughter and I love to shop the clearance rack at Claire's.  I picked up a hat and pair of earrings for $2.00 each, and also got a set of rings I will put away for my daughter's birthday or some other gift giving event for $2.00.  Their cosmetics are also buy one get one half off, and you can mix and match, so i purchased sparkly powder based eyeshadow, and a bottle of silver glitter eye liner.

We had a couple meals out this weekend and each meal had leftovers though, and I don't think I had to cook either night.  I feel guilty about this, but my husband does not, because he was off he said he didn't want me stuck in the kitchen cooking and cleaning he wanted to be out with us.

We also made home made laundry detergent. (My kids like to shred the soap)

I will also admit that I have been lusting alot for home decor.  Kirkland's is the store I am stalking and have made a couple purchases from lately.  However, I know I cannot keep buying from there.  They had this really neat sign for 8.99. (the one at Kirklands)

 I did a search though for free printables and found a very pretty one that i printed for free at home on card stock (that's right free) and it has more color then the one at the store I just need to pick up a frame (probably from the Salvation Army on Wednesday when everything is 50 percent off) here is where I found the free printable 

This sums up our week.  I usually like to post pictures to give you something to look at but I am having an uploading malfunction for some reason right now.  Every picture I have tried to upload or email to anyone is giving an error message.  I hope to get this fixed soon.  I hope you had a great week.  Let me know, I love hearing from you!


  1. Hi MJ! I like reading about your week. It sounds like you have been more thrifty than you think! I love the fact that you were able to print out a picture for your home instead of the store-bought version- that is great! And high five to you for being able to use some of the things your nephew was throwing away. Do you have a special recipe for the laundry soap you make? I like that you have your kiddos to help you with things around the house. I also think it is great that you and your husband and the kids had some time to spend together. I hope this week is going well for you so far. :)

  2. You had a great week! I found myself being tempted with the home decor at Target this week. They had some really cute things in their bargain bins, but I resisted and put the stuff back. It is hard! Haha!

    1. Thanks for dropping in. I learn so much from you girl! Yes resisting temptation can be sooooo...hard.

  3. I am happy to share our week. Thank you for "stopping by."

    I usually pick up everything for the detergent at Walmart. I can't take credit for the recipe, I got it from this lovely lady a while back. We have to use Fels Naptha soap because that is what is available near me. I originally left out the oxi clean the first few times we made it. This time I added the oxi clean, but my washer is on the fritz so until I get that worked out, I have not been able to try it out yet to see if there is a difference. I think it is fun to smell all the different purex crystals in walmart people probably think me and my kids are crazy when we try to decide what scent we want.

    Now it doesn't suds up when you put it in the washer....and I recently discovered that the small side of the cheese grater is best to grate the bar soap with. My clothes are clean though and smell great. Have you ever made any? So far so good for us here this week. Hope you and your family are well.

  4. If I have some stained clothing, I cut it up in small pieces, and use them as rags for the kitchen. To wipe up something spilled, or to wipe grease out of a pan before I wash it, then chunk it in the trash! Easy peasy! Glad you posting regular! Missed reading your posts! Have a great week! Lona from Georgia!

  5. What a great use of stained clothing, especially for wiping up grease( in my house there are some other gross things that we have to clean up occasionally) and being able to toss a rag without guilt...i love it...I guess I will be cutting up some things later this week. Hope you are having a great week's good to be getting back to "normal"


  6. Great for you finding usable cast offs!

    Now cut yourself a little slack. Thrift is something that is not always the same consistency. We all have times we spend more than we should and times we are almost miserly. I think the thing to strive for is not necessarily for each week to be perfect but to continue toward our goal paths.

    I understand the decor bug. I need to replace our den couch. We have had it for about 30 years and have recovered it a couple of times. It is time to say goodbye, but I don't know what I want and I don't want to spend much on it whatever it is.

  7. Anne, I hope you find just the perfect thing to replace that couch. I am with you for now wanting to spend much on replacements. Thanks for the permission to cut myself some slack. I know when the miserly times come up though I always think well six months ago if you hadn't spent this or that you might have more money now or something like that.....I know I need to get over it...You are right about continuing toward our goals.