Thursday, November 11, 2021

Thursday, Mom!Come back from Hawaii, Thrifty Thursday

 Here is my Jim Jams by a very interesting tree.

Here is Danny climbing a coconut tree. He is fearless.
Danny and James playing in the surf.

Here I am with a few of the kids and of course we found a Mcd's so I could have my $1.00 diet coke the only thing that was the same price as it is on the continent

. We visited the Arizona memorial so we could show James who he was named after.  His grandpa's great uncle who went down with the ship.  James William Haverfield.  Both SCHMILLS AND James were named after this Uncle.

You must get a pineapple when in Hawaii!  I came home very jet lagged and with a bad head cold.  But I am home and I had a most wonderful time. Lots of time on the beach and site seeing. It is very expensive in Hawaii, but now that I have been there I could do it much cheaper next time. I have lots of tips to keep the costs down. Slugs you are going, I mean it.....

I am happy to be home, and I miss the sun it is drizzle overcast and rainy, but praise the lord for the rain. It rained almost every day while I was gone so we are catching up on the drought status here in Idaho.

Poor hubs missed me dreadfully. Especially cooking, and he did not know how to use the dryer so had to call daughter to come show him how.  He is truly a taken care of man and is like a ship without at rudder when I am gone.

He picks up but does not clean.  IF SOMETHING FALLS OF THE FLOOR IT STAYS THERE. Nothing is wiped off, he just doesn't see that kind of dirt. SO this place is pretty scuzzy and we have relatives coming to stay on Saturday and I need to unpack and do laundry.  Then the cat is mad because I was gone so he retaliates by wetting Hubs side of the bed on purpose. ( hubs side, hee hee)  SO cat is now outside and I had to spend almost $10.00 washing and drying the bedspread this morning at a laundry mat.

I missed you guys and was wondering how things were going with everyone.  I will try and catch up if I can.   But right now it is wipe my drippy nose, and try to catch up around here.

In the mean time Thrifty Thursday:

1. saved all my change on my trip and added to my pig bank Only 26 more days until I get to open this.

2. saved all my $5.00 bills while traveling now have $2355.00 had. $55.00 for the trip in 5's

3. found over $2 in change at varies locations on trip.  Las Vegas airport is a great place to find money found over a dollar there mostly pennies. We had a 6 hour layover and I walked the airport.

4. They were giving away free pumpkins that had not sold at Winco in Twin Falls on November 1st  and both daughter and I got one.  I stored them in daughter's car at airport  and with the two I have here I will have plenty of pumpkin to freeze for pies.That is on tomorrows agenda, hopefully hubs will clean and cut them up for me.

5. We ate at hole in the wall mm pa places in Hawaii where it was much cheaper than regular restaurants.

6. Daughter and I usually split meals and split the boys so never bought more than two entrees'

7. We did stop at a grocer to buy some food stuffs to save money.  But I am telling you groceries are very expensive. We bought bread,butter, jams and eggs , peanut butter for quick breakfasts.  Also bought water bottles and some fruit and snacks. We used up almost everything we bought and left the rest for the maid and she was grateful for our leftovers.

8. We tried to use only cash at ma pa places and to buy souvenirs from locals so the money would stay in the hands of local people. I only used the CC for things that would go to business off shore

9. Came home and got all of my free Abotta things for Thanksgiving

10. downloaded all receipts to fetch. 

11. received a $25.00 refund from LOREAL Paris for hair dye that came out the wrong color.  I had pictures and proof. I contacted the # on the can and they refunded my money.

12. finally was able to use the rain check for the .88 a pound chickens they finally got in from a month ago.

13. stopped and bought onions for .25 a pound at road side stands outside of Nampa.  Both white and yellow. We could have picked them from the side of road but husband does not like to stop and says the Mexican women who run the stands need our money and I agreed.

14. Always used gas buddy for the cheapest gas.  Gas is .79 higher in the Boise area than it is here.

15.  Went to a large sale of vendors in Waikiki for all our gifts.  They meet once a week and it is called the swap meet.  Things were much cheaper there.

16. I was able to get  eldest daughter's Christmas gift there much less and better quality than ordering online here.  It was a pair of grey pearl studs.

My house is a wreck and I feel like I have been run over.  At least the bedding is clean and now I just have to take it one step at a time.


So happy to be home, but also sad and miss the sunshine.


I am so blessed I tell you.

Have a great and productive day staying positivist while you are in the negative.  




  1. Wow, sounds like a fantastic trip, Kim. Sorry you came home with a head cold. I hope it clears up quickly. Sounds like you had a really frugal week even with being gone on a trip. That is great.

    1. Well next time i do Hawaii and there will be a next time, I will know how to do it much cheaper!

  2. Well, I was wondering how long you were staying! It sounds like you had fun. I am glad you were able to visit the Arizona and show the boys their eponym.

  3. Welcome back!!
    Sounds like a wonderful vacation, and I'm so glad you had a good time. Love the pictures; what a beautiful place! Would love to hear your tips on saving money in Hawaii sometime. Hope you feel better and get rested up.

    1. I am a little down now with this cold, but it was a lovely trip!

  4. Great pictures. So glad to hear you had a great trip. It's probably going to take a few days before you feel caught up. Don't rush it.

    1. It definitely is and I have company coming tomorrow and feel really quite terrible. But I will slowly get it done.

  5. Great pics and so happy you had such fun. It sounds wonderful. You will be cleaned, rested and back to normal next week. Take your time and just enjoy being back with hubs.

  6. You look like a natural beach girl! I've never been to Hawaii and not sure when it will be on our plans, but happy for you. So your hubs didn't do a cleaning frenzy to prove how independent he is? Mine would have, but I'd find evidence.

    1. He isn't really into clean, picked up and put away,maybe , but I close his dresser drawer every morning.

  7. I thought of you yesterday while I was working in my garden. I thought I wonder if Kim is back from Hawaii yet. I am so pleased to read you had a wonderful time over there. You never ever seem to look any older Kim ... how do you do that please - I need to know ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Don't look close, but thanks. Both Hubs and I had jobs that kept us physically active most of our adult lives. I think this kept us looking younger, and we both are good at moving becasue of that. I ques s hard work does pay off.

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    1. Thanks Anne, let's go to Hawaii some time together... we could have fun and get into trouble.

  9. Welcome home. Looks as if you had a wonderful trip, and you still managed to save.

    God bless.

  10. Sounds like such a wonderful trip! I told my husband yesterday that we need to plan our next trip to Hawaii. I'm already missing it! We have lots of things we do to keep the costs down, and several things we know we like to splurge on. (Surf lessons for the kids are probably the biggest. Perfect gift/experience for them!)