Bluebonnets To Peaches

Garage Sale Find – Sewing Supplies
August 25, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Curtains/Sewing Projects, Frugal Deals/Ideas

A few weeks ago Hotrod and I headed out to do some garage sale shopping.  We hit a small sewing supply jackpot!

We came across a garage sale of someone that makes theater type costumes and he was selling a bunch of supplies!  I quickly spotted this box with 10 lbs of piping in it!

For all you non-sewers, this piping is used by covering it with your fabric and then attaching it to your curtain (or whatever else you might be making).  It gives a very nice custom finish and is extremely helpful when you can’t find cording or fringe to match your fabric.

This is over 1,000 yards of piping and would cost over $200 at a retail store.  I got the whole box for $8! Yea!  I also picked up buttons and a zipper for .25 each.


$10 deal on Bunkbeds!
August 20, 2010, 6:00 am
Filed under: Frugal Deals/Ideas

Our guest room has consisted of a full size mattress and box springs sitting on the floor.  Our guests have never complained, but I thought a nicer set would be good – you know something that didn’t sit directly on the floor.

I asked hubby to keep an eye out at the auction house for a good bedroom set for our guest room.  Months and months had gone by with nothing coming up for sell.

Hubby finally came across a set of bunk beds.  We knew Hotrod would be thrilled with bunk beds in his room so we moved his twin size bed (with a trundle) to our guest room and put the bunk beds in his room!

Hotrod is happy with his bunk beds, Mommy is happy to have a “real” bed for our guests and the best part of the whole deal was that hubby scored the bunk beds for $10!  That’s a deal you can’t beat!

An Envelope System Wallet
January 21, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Curtains/Sewing Projects, Frugal Deals/Ideas

We are big fans of Dave Ramsey and we have been using a cash envelope system for over 2 years!  We love the system, it helps to keep us from overspending.  When the envelope is empty we are done spending in that category for the month!  If you want to learn more about using a cash envelope system, go here.

I’ve been looking for an envelope system friendly wallet for sometime but haven’t been able to find anything that I really liked.  I’ve been stuck to pulling out one envelope and sticking it in my purse to use at the store.  I will admit that when we started using the cash envelope system, having only one envelope at a time definitely stopped me from making some random purchases because I didn’t have the correct envelope with me; however, now that we’ve been on the system for 2 years we are much more disciplined in making random purchases.  I’m not saying it never happens, but we’ve learned to ask ourselves if the item is really needed in our home before buying it.

There are times, however, when I visit a superstore center that I will be buying from more than one category (such as groceries, clothing, and home decor) or when I’ll be making several stops at different types of stores in one outing (such as stopping at the office supply store and grocery store in the same trip).  In these instances it would be really nice to have our most used envelope categories in my wallet, easy to get to.

Last week I spotted this post and Kelleigh’s LOVELY paper envelopes!  I was so excited after learning that I could make these envelopes at home for FREE!!  Whoo Hooo!

I gathered my supplies and made beautiful envelopes!  They make my heart sing . . . but I had nowhere to keep my new beautiful envelopes.  I don’t have a large size wallet so I decided I could make my own! 

I picked out some fun fabric from my stash and got to work!  I wanted my wallet to have a zipper for change, a place to hold my driver’s license and gift cards, a place to hold receipts and of course a nice spot for my new envelopes. 

Here’s how it turned out:

The front has a snap closure

The inside holds 10 of our most used envelopes and there is a spot behind the envelopes to hold receipts.  The bottom front has 6 spots to hold cards (i.e. drivers license, gift cards, etc.)

The zipper pouch for change is located on the back of the wallet.

2009 Grocery Savings
January 6, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Frugal Deals/Ideas

The grand totals are in!

We purchased a total of $5,709.51 in groceries and household toiletries in 2009, and saved $2,162.15 by using coupons and matching those coupons to weekly sales items bringing our total out-of-pocket for groceries in 2009 to $3,547.36

This total brings our groceries to $295.61/month.  This is a bit higher than my $200/month projection; however, I have found that the overage was spent at Costco most months and usually on convenience items (i.e. easy snacks for the kids!).  Since going back to work part-time, it has been important to keep easy snacks around for the kids to grab on their own.  I’m willing to increase the grocery budget a bit more in order to stock up on some of these items.  It means less stress for me and no last-minute runs through the drive through which ultimately saves our family money!

I’m proud of how much we saved in this area of our budget over the past year! This is quite a change from my old ways of grocery shopping.  In the past I didn’t know how much I spent on food and household items, I just bought what I thought we needed and justified whatever the cost was by saying “we have to eat!”  When I finally decided to keep track of what I spent at the grocery store, I discovered that I spent anywhere from $600-$800/month.  I started to read all I could about saving money on groceries and then started applying what I had learned!  I had no idea you could get toothpaste for FREE!  My eyes were opened and I haven’t looked back!

Our grocery budget for 2010 will be $300/month and I will continue to chart our savings in the new year!  I hope you have been inspired to continue or start this way of grocery shopping!  You will be amazed at the money you can save and $2,162.15 sounds like a nice vacation waiting for our family!

Another Great Auction Find!
May 13, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Frugal Deals/Ideas

I mentioned to hubby a few days ago that we were down to only 5 dinner plates.  After 11 years some have broken, chipped, etc . . .   

On Saturday he came home with a box full of Pier One dinner plates, salad plates and bowls!  The kicker was the price – $1 for the whole set!  Unbelievable!

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May 9th Update
May 9, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Frugal Deals/Ideas

We finally turned on our air conditioning yesterday!  I’m still amazed that we made it into May before we felt the need to turn it on, of course having the basement to retreat to did help!  Even with all the rain we’ve had, it has started to heat up in the afternoons and become a little muggy.

May 1st Update
May 1, 2009, 8:34 am
Filed under: Frugal Deals/Ideas

We made it to May 1st without turning on our air conditioning!  Whoo Hooo!!!  It has been in the low 80’s outside here and we’ve kept the windows open and it really creates a nice breeze through the house.  There has really only been one day at about 4:30 in the afternoon that I thought it was getting a little too warm in the house.  I thought to myself that I had made it through most of the day and I didn’t want to cave in at the end of the day!  The kids and I headed down to the basement to play some Wii.  I cooked dinner out on the grill that night to keep from turning on the oven and heating up the house.  By bedtime the house was cooling off and we were all comfortable again. 

From looking at the forecast, I think we will be able to continue to leave the air off for a little while longer!  I’m going to love our electric bill this month!