Thursday, July 14, 2022

Thursday, Kim is tired, Thrift Thursday

 Kim worked very hard yesterday.  I did get everything done on the cleaning list except the shop.  Surprise! Surprise!

Nathan came down and cleaned the carpet, but the kids also came which threw a wrench into my fast-cleaning plans. But there was no way I was turning down the free carpet cleaning.  We also cleaned my favorite chair that I sit in to do hand sewing.  Then we put it outside in the hot sun.  Boy does it look good.  I had no idea it was that dirty.  SO that was a little extra job not listed that took time. I also cleaned out the kids toybox and took an entire bag of crap to the garbage.

I had stripped master bed and also washed the waterproof mattress pad.  As the bed is king size it can take over 1.5 hours to dry in the dryer.  I hung it and all the bedding on the clothesline and that mattress pad was done in 20 minutes. I love that clothesline. Saves so much money and time.

Hubs also needed someone on the inside to help spot the windows.  I could not believe how dirty they were. He even pulled the screens and washed them.  We were able to get 4 large windows washed inside and out and I could not believe the difference. We still have three more to do but ran out of time.  He is up with Oliver today so we will finish those tomorrow.

Anyway, with all that going on there was no time to set a timer, just time to run to then next thing, like hubs hollering or a grandkid needing me.  But I did get it all done.  Then as it was approaching time to make dinner, I hurried and got the wedding veil done and realized that the shop was a moot point. So, I decided to conquer the ironing.   I did a pile of pillowcases and napkins, then all my shorts, and capris, all the knit items, and couple of Hubs shirts.  My feet gave out at about 16,000 steps for the day.  That leaves me with 17 bouses to iron.  I am going to do those first today and then get into the shop.

I was dead on my feet, but my house is clean!  I am one happy camper. Now just to keep it this way.

Thrifty Thursday:

1. Saved all my spare change.  Did not find any money this week.

2. saved all my $5.00 bills, saved $75 this week total is $755.

3. saved a $1, $5 $10, $20 bill  

4. Kept air conditioner at 74 which is really too cool for me.

5. cooked from scratch and used things we already had

6. used ceiling fans at night to stay cooler at night

7. found gas at the least expensive station 

8. Only bought 2-1/2 gallons of milk and a few tomatoes this week

9. picked squash and peppers from garden

10. used coupons at Joanns

11. used my clothesline to dry bedding and clothes.

12. downloaded rect's to fetch

13. Made an emergency veil from a tulle scrap and a.99 comb took 1/2-hour rec'd $20.00 for my effort.

14. baked scones as a treat and for gifts

15. made popsicles with blueberries and peaches that needed to be used added some yogurt a little milk and a little sugar.  They are delicious. Creamy and lots of fruit berries. Kids love them and I am not buying popsicles.

16. Picked up sleeping bags and pads on a 1/2 price end of season sale for the boys for Christmas.

17. trying to use up lotions I found cleaning.  Lil sis's pool is salt water and dries out my skin. Finally used up one tube.

18.  Used Sluggie's gift boxes for hair dye and makeup. So did not have to buy

19. working on potty training with Kelsa, hopefully we will be diaper free by the end of the summer!

What have you done to save money?  Anything unusual? Anything you can share that would help the rest of us out?

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



  1. Mostly trying to use up food. My daughter got her scholarship check, so that's going to off set some study abroad costs. Smart cookie!

  2. To save money and eat healthier, tastier food, I just decided to learn how to ferment foods…big step for me since I do not yet can, freeze dry or dehydrate….but I love sauerkraut so fermenting is first! At age 66 it is time to learn a new skill ;).

  3. Nothing major. I've been sick, so using up some gift cards for easy meals. Eating things out of the freezer, cashed in all of the random change that accumulates, and eating lots of garden items.

    1. I am sorry you are not feeling well. I hope it isn't the old immune system.

  4. Great list Kim. You did very well on the thrifty front.

    God bless.

  5. What prompted an emergency veil? I’m curious!

    1. Bride came to pick up dress 3 days before wedding and could not find the veil she bought. No way you are going to get one here. So I made one.

  6. After the huge kids visits and overspending like crazy, I was doing well buying little and then waterproof earphones called to me.

    1. Well it is okay to overspend when the kids visit, I know I do. The budget just goes out the window and grandma gets out the checkbook.

  7. You are amazing! Gas is $3.84 here this morning in the college town. Cindy in the South

    1. Wow, it is still 4.69 here but going down every day. Gas has really killed us out here as we have so far to travel to get anywhere.

  8. Our gas here (in Victoria, on Vancouver Island, which means it has to be transported to the island) is 203.9 cents per liter today. That equates to $7.72/gallon in Canadian dollars, which works out to $5.92 per gallon US. I'm glad I don't drive or have a car, but my husband does - it costs over $100 for half a tank, zoiks.

    I have zero spending during my work-days, although I've gotten into the habit of shopping after my Mom-Day adventures. I cashed in my points at the thrift store and saved $13.50 off my total yesterday!