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I have been busy puttering around our home and just going from one task or project to the next so I haven’t hardly been on the computer or online for most of this month! I also haven’t been noting in my little book all of the frugal and fun things we’ve been doing, but I will try to give some sort of an update here 🙂
Around the House
My husband and I patched several pairs of his jeans that were all tearing in the same spot. He is a carpenter and the squatting position he is often in wears on the groin and zipper area of his jeans. I had just cut off the good parts of 2 old pairs so we used that and he actually sat at the machine and sewed them on. I assisted 🙂
We have been spending time each weekend splitting a LOT of wood from the trees that went down in the bad wind storm we had in the spring. There is enough to get us through winter and plenty to sell so we are working towards that goal.
I have been thinking about homemade Christmas gifts and have a small list of ideas going. My husband is a woodworker so he is tasked with any wood-related gifts. I plan to sew a few basic gifts and put together some homemade home and personal care items. I’m trying to stick with ideas that we have supplies for if possible.
Some other frugal home stuff included:
- Using pet food bags, Walmart bags and even boxes in place of trash bags.
- Washing and reusing Ziploc bags, foil and any jars and plastic food containers.
- Making homemade laundry soap.
- Making homemade Miracle Spray for cleaning.
- Cutting up old towels into rags.
- Shredding paper to add to the compost bin.
- Making homemade disinfectant spray and air freshener.
- Refilling essential oil roller bottles.
- Saved free newspapers and boxes for fire starting this winter.
Our older daughter was home from college for a few days so I took the opportunity to load her up with some foods we had purchased plus some homemade granola. She was in need of a few home items in her new apartment so we dug around and came up with some odds and ends like a small trash can, more cleaning rags, pint canning jars to use as drinking glasses, throw pillows, and a few other items. I got to declutter and she saved money so that was a double blessing!
We did some thrift store shopping while running errands recently and found a few things. I bought a small pretty afghan to use in the living room this winter and a small picture frame in the size I needed to display some pretty cards a dear friend sent me. My daughter found several items of clothing plus a few music items – vinyl records and cassettes.
In the Garden
My first fall garden is going reasonably well. Patty pan squash, a yellow squash, mini bell peppers, a few radishes, lettuce and kale have been harvested this month. We are set to have cool nights in the 40s this upcoming week so we’ll be trying to put up some temporary cold frames to see if we can stretch the season a bit.
Budgeting & Finances
I have continued uploading receipts to the various rebate apps including Ibotta, Fetch Rewards, ReceiptPal and Swagbucks. The points are slowly adding up, and I am still on task of using this extra money for holiday gifts.
We received the rebate from the dogs’ flea and tick medicine. This is something we have been able to get for almost 2 years and it’s purchased every 3 months. Sadly, the rebate was cut in half this year, but I’m happy to still get any kind of a discount. This tiny amount went directly into savings.
I added a sticky note to our savings account ledger to track special savings. Since it all gets lumped together in the same account, I wanted a way to earmark certain dollars for special savings. I’m trying it with noting dollar amounts for holiday gifts. The $8 from the above rebate is the first noted amount so I’ll see if that helps me save specifically for that goal.
While getting my every-other-month prescription at CVS, they kindly passed along a coupon that lowered the cost from $18 to $8. That was an unexpected savings!
We had several parts we needed for the backhoe recently, and I spent some time searching online. This resulted in quite a big savings over various parts so it was certainly time well spent. Comparison shopping, including shipping costs, is such a good way to save some hard-earned dollars.
That’s what we’ve been doing to make life cozy, fun and frugal during this time! Now tell me what fun and frugal things you’ve been doing lately!