Showing posts from March, 2017

Bowie City Wide Garage Sale!

March 27, 2017
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I woke up this morning feeling horribly empty inside. Oh, it wasn't due to any existential crises of the psyche--I was HUNGRY. I hadn't eaten since supper last night. Ah, breakfast, the shining beacon of my day!
Bowie had their city wide garage sale this weekend. Friday morning I noticed in The Shopper, our local free 'for sale' paper, that there was a sale within walking distance, so that's where my son and I took our daily walk. We actually found two sales.
I was looking for clothes mainly, and I hit the jackpot. The first lady not only had the clothes hung up neatly, she had the sizes printed out and hanging above the rack, so you knew where to look! She's my new favorite garage sale 'hostess'.
The first item I saw was a brand new Navy pea coat, never been worn, only $5.00. I passed it up, because I already have a couple of different coats and jackets of varying weight and style.
One of the rules of Thriftology…

Let's Talk Frugality, Shall We?

March 21, 2017
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I love living frugally.
I didn't use to, didn't understand the concept, really, and it caused a lot of problems for myself and my family. I mean, I was always reading books about living thriftily, but I never got that being frugal does NOT mean getting more stuff.
It means living within the parameters set by one's income, and the willingness to adjust to those parameters when they expand or shrink.
One day, several years ago, suddenly it all clicked in my brain, and I GOT IT. And my whole life changed for the better.
It took a while, but I got our food bill down without sacrificing nutrition and taste. I am able to furnish my home and clothe my family without going into a department store. We enjoy all kinds of entertainment, and our family is even able to donate time, goods and money to various charities and causes.
All by living within our parameters.
Now, I'm no frugal guru (I prefer the term, Thriftologist. Made it up myself!), …

Spring Is Taking It's Time To Get Here--DIY and A New Clothesline

March 15, 2017

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I am wondering the same thing I wonder every year around this time...


I'm so tired of all the 'Good morning, it's a lovely warm day!' then 'SURPRISE! IT'S 20 DEGREES! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!'

Creation is bi polar at times.

So in between the warm days we can work outside, I have been doing lots of little DIY projects, and working on ways to reduce spending this year. After all, a Thriftologist's work is never done!

I help people to declutter houses, or when they are moving, they call me to help clean the house and take away things they no longer need or want. It's a fun way to minister to people who are overwhelmed. It's also a way for my family to get a few things that we may need, then we donate the remainder to various charities in our area. It's a win-win for many folks.

Recently I received a lot of cleaning supplies from a family who was moving. After sorting what I could use …

Local Store Says Farewell To Beloved Manager

March 6, 2017
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Last Friday, I had the honor of being present at the retirement party of Agnes Matthews Sewell. Agnes is a very sweet lady, who had been the General Manager of the THRIFT ANGELS, a local thrift store here in Bowie, for 16 years. I wanted to share this event with my readers, because after all, this blog is about my adventures, and the folks here in Bowie are a big part of those.
While the event itself was modest, the love shown to Agnes was immense. There were people coming and going, dropping off cards and giving hugs to this wonderful lady who has given so much to her community.

The table was set with all the required festive decorations.

Such a pretty cake! 

The BOWIE NEWS even did a story about Agnes. You can read the article at

And here is the lovely lady herself, with her handsome hubby. Aren't they adorable?

And of course, no party is complete wi…