Monday, March 2, 2015

Sharing Ways We Save

I hope you had a great week.  Mine was a bit of a struggle, since the sun has not shown it's beauty in over a week now.  I did get to watch some squirrels scrounging for acorns in our yard this morning with my daughter and her awe and wonder in the moment was a bit of sunshine in my cloudy day.

This week we made banana bread in the kitchen using a stand mixer my grandma sent back from Delaware with me, it was one of our unexpected blessings.  It is an old model but it works!

I made a trip to Goodwill to drop off some things and picked up a few (counterproductive I know,) The items I picked up though will bring us significant savings versus buying them new.

The rug is for working with my daughter on her alphabet and will also provide a soft place for her to sit when she plays with her dolls or in her toy box.  I purchased several picture frames, because I am always working on something.  I use many personal pictures in our decor.  A couple of power strips we will use for lamps that don't have switches in our bedroom.  Two pairs of shoes for me, one being a pair of Sketchers, and a decorative cross were also among my treasures.  Mr. Cuddles felt the need to photo bomb apparently.  I still need a few more 8 by 10 frames to replace some that are broken, however for a while I need to stop purchasing things until I get my existing projects finished.

My husband was in need of a new bluetooth because he had broken his that fit in his ear.  He really wanted a band one that you could lay on your neck instead.  I looked at alot of places, the fleamarket, the mall, cell phone shops etc, and we could not find one like he wanted for less than $70.00.  I don't know what made me think to check E-bay but I did and found some for 25.00 that included shipping.  He had me order one for myself as well so I could be hands free when driving if I get a phone call. 

I saved 5.00 on our Sunday morning breakfast by using coupons that came in the mail.  My husband likes to go to Shake n Steak on Sunday when the money is there.  I would love to save the money but this means alot to him and we all enjoy it.  When the money isn't there we don't go.

That was pretty much all I can think of this week.  When the weather permitted we did not use a.c. or heat.  I turn off the stove breaker when I am not using it, and other power strips in an attempt to save power.  What did you do this week.  Any unexpected blessings, or while going about did you rediscover some forgotten blessing?

I almost forgot my washer was on the fritz, I really wanted a brand new one, but let's face it the prices aren't ideal, so I looked on Craigslist, and found a gentlman in our area, that sells refurbished washer and dryers, and we purchased a washer and dryer for 225.00 (for the set.) For giving him our old ones he gave us free delivery and 20.00 off the original price.  The gentleman also gave us a 30 day warranty.  (of course i always use caution when purchasing from Craigslist etc)

My husband cut our daughter's bangs.

The little things really do add up!


  1. Great savings this week, MJ! I really enjoy these posts of yours. That was really nice of your grandma to give you the mixer. I'm sure she will be happy to know that you are using it- banana bread sounds good!
    You got some nice finds at Goodwill- I like the rug! Good treasure-hunting, girl! :)
    I'm glad you were able to find a washer/dryer set for a reasonable price. That was a blessing that the guy threw in a warranty and delivery too!
    Today I hopped on over to the thrift store to check out the dollar rack. I got some nice bargains, but one or two things that I purchased were kind of impractical- one item being an all-white dressy winter coat (Why did I buy that??) At $1 an item though, it's hard to resist sometimes. :)

  2. I am happy to hear you enjoy the posts. For a dollar an item girl enjoy the coat!!!! The day I used the mixer I gave my grandma a call to let her know that I was using it and it made me think of her...she was very happy to hear it. I hope you are having a great week Dawn it was so good to hear from you!

  3. I found your blog through Brandy's/ Enjoyed reading your frugal week. SO nice that you are getting to use your grandma's mixer.
    Great finds. So happy you were able to find the washer. and pray it works for many years for you. Have a great week.. Judy

  4. Judy welcome! I am so glad you enjoyed this week. I try. Thank you for the thoughts and prayers. I hope the washer and dryer work for a really long time too. I love Brandy's blog as I know many others do. I love how we can all learn from each other!

  5. Fantastic savings this week! Frugality is more than not spending, it's making the best life you can with your resources!

  6. Very true Anne, that is what I am working on this year....making a life and relationships that thrive within what we have!

  7. I should think that mixer would be a double treasure...How nice of your grandmother to pass it along! Great week!

  8. Yes Terri it has been quite the jewel! I am happy my grandma passed it on and she was so happy to hear I am enjoying it. I hope your week was good too!