Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

October 23, 2017

Hey y'all, it's me!

As you know, last week's posts were mostly about asking for prayer for my friend Josh, who was in ICU after being shot. Thank you all so much for your prayers. I am still waiting for more updates, will keep you posted.

It was also one of those weeks where I just couldn't keep up with anything--you know, 'the faster you go, the behinder you get' weeks. I'm hoping to get back on track with everything starting today. We'll see....

Okay, on to saving money last week. While during the weekdays I just did my usual things (using the clothesline instead of the dryer, baking cookies for the Redneck's lunch instead of buying snacks, etc), on Saturday I got to be a bit more active in my quest to save money.

That morning our church was having a horse clinic, and the Redneck went to help. Obie and I dropped him off and headed out to do a few errands, including checking out a 'bent can' store in Springtown.

The Yellow Rose Discount Grocery at 1240 E. Hwy 199 in Springtown, Texas. Their motto is 'Savings You Can See'. And yes, they do have a lot of good bargains. They carry a decent variety of goods. Their hours are Monday 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, Tuesday-Friday 9:30 am to 6:00 pm, Saturdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. They are closed on Sundays. They have a Facebook page, Following this page will give you information on the latest deals and promotions.

Afterward, we went to the Azle Public Library, where I picked up the 4th season of Sons Of Anarchy. I have seasons 1-3 and 5, but I haven't found a good enough deal on 4, so I will watch this copy so I can move on to season 5.  I also picked up several cookbooks to look for a few new ideas to add to my meal planning arsenal.

My real excitement was what I found at the few yard sales we went to. The first one was a family who was really just wanting to get rid of stuff more than make money. The mom told me that if there was any clothing I wanted--just take it, because it would all be donated at noon. I didn't see anything we really needed, so I was about to leave...and then...I spotted them...

"Um, what size are the cowboy boots?" I asked.

"9 1/2 women's."

"Oh, may I take them?"

"Sure, go ahead. I just don't want to put them back in the house."

I picked them up and got back in the truck. I couldn't believe it--they were my size, in good shape, AND FREE! They need cleaning and polishing, and I will pick up new insoles. Just LOOK at them!

They are FULL QUILL OSTRICH! NOCONA BRAND! I looked them up online--$359.00!  I have needed cowboy boots for over a year, but I just couldn't justify the money from the budget for a new pair, and any used boots were never the right size, in really bad shape, or just plain UGLY. I will be cleaning these up and putting a bit darker polish on them, but they fit perfect, and the soles are fine for at least another year. I hate to ride Fancypants in tennis shoes--I don't feel as sure as I need to, and she can tell it, which makes both of us unhappy on a trail ride or in the arena. But now I am ready to saddle up and do some riding again. That they were free only makes the ride sweeter.

We stopped at a couple more sales on the way back to the church, and I got a new 'do rag' for the Redneck to wear at work (50 cents), a yoga practice DVD (50 cents), a new ladle to replace the one that is about to fall apart (10 cents), a paperback for the Redneck about Seal Team 10 (25 cents), and my favorite--a decorative plate and stand still in the box ($1,00). That will be put in one of the Christmas party gift exchanges we go to each year. Not bad for $2.35!

Almost forgot this. In one of the FREE boxes I found this Calvin Kline top. It's got little sparkly bits all over it, and not a thing wrong with it. It's not my taste, and far too small for me, but I felt I should take it with me. At church yesterday, I showed it to a friend, and said I thought it might make a cute 'flapper' costume for a girl. Well, just GUESS whose niece wants to be a FLAPPER for Halloween, but couldn't figure out how to make the dress? I am always amazed at how God answers even the smallest prayers, even the ones that most folks would consider trivial. I handed the top over with my blessing.

Now, these two knives weren't part of last week's savings, but I wanted to share them with you. Many times when Obie and I walk down the road, we see stuff that folks have lost, and we found these two pocket knives at two different times. They are both good quality BUCK knives. They both needed sharpening, so my buddy Craig at church took them and gave them nice edges, even correcting a roll in the green one's blade. I now have good knives that I carry for different needs. The green camo gut skinner is around $107.00 on the website, and the orange pocket knife was $25.00 to $35.00. Not bad for just looking where I step!

So, I think I did pretty good for last week--especially the boots. It's not getting huge bargains that make a week successful--it's being persistent and paying attention to details that add up that creates a frugal lifestyle and gives me joy.

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2017


  1. Wow, you had a great week! Free ostrich boots, amazing!

    1. I know! I was floored when she said take them. The Redneck has had a few pairs of them in his life, and they LAST.


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