Monday, April 25, 2016

Ways We Save

Well I am not sure that we have exactly done alot to save money lately.

What we have been doing is visiting alot of community yard sales in search of things we need but I think we also bought alot of things that were not a need but we will definitely use.  I shared a picture of our second weeks haul.  We have been yardsaling for about three weeks.  My son got out to scout for anything good and waved me over if he found anything of interest.  Some of the best deals in this photo were the end tables for the living room for $4.00 each.  DS games for .50 each. My daughter and I got some fancy hats for 3.00 to have a tea party.  There were lot of other fun finds as well.

A different week of yard sales brought me face to face with a church friend.  She later tracked me down because she had purchased two dressers from the sale we were at and she only needed one.  So I paid her for the dresser (which I will share a pic of when i do my bedroom post.)  We took my old dresser which has alot of sentimental meaning and turned it in to a cat bed tower type deal.  We removed every other drawer so the cats can get in and store their toys and supplies in the top drawer.  We may repaint it later.

We watch tv using an antenna, so no cable bill.

When we wanted burgers and fries, I fired up the grill myself.  Didn't have to depend on my husband to do it, and everyone really enjoyed it.

The same friend that I met at the estate sale has been helping me focus on being more intentional in my home, We have been unpacking and organizing.  It has been wonderful, and very freeing.  I hope to share pictures of how each room is coming along soon.

We have been using some of our kids projects to decorate, and alot of our own personal photographs.

 This one was my daughters project. She made it a few months ago.  I got the frame Saturday at a yard sale for .25 added a patch from my grandmas shirt that I have saved for over 10 years since she passed. (the butterfly) and I added bible verses that mean something to both of us from stickers gifted to me.
 This is my son's art he did last year it was chosen for a local display.  I had not framed it. It was getting torn, but in being more intentional and organizing I was able to take care of it and preserve it.  I added this years school picture so it can be on display too!.

What have you been up to.


  1. Glad you found some great garage sale bargains and are making the new place home!

  2. Great yard sale finds, MJ!! Your cute kiddos look so happy with their treasures! I am smiling cause my kids are into Club Penguin and DS stuff too.
    Nice find getting the video games for 50¢ each- that is incredible!
    Love the hats that you and your little lady can use for pretend play!! :)
    I really like your old dresser and your children's projects- they are going to love looking back on those when they are older.
    Great job on the grilling- I usually try to leave that up to my husband because he is much better at it but I have fired it up a few times myself and I felt quite proud of the fact. lol.
    I'm glad you are enjoying your new home. :)

  3. So happy you found such great finds.. and the friend to let you buy one of the dressers from her.. [love bargains].
    The end tables are awesome. And love your artwork..great job.
    Have fun and enjoy your summer .

  4. Love the sentimental dresser turned cat bed/tower thingy : )
    You have two good little artists.
    So nice to have a church friend to help you get situated.
    Enjoy making your home your own.