Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

June 3, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

It's been a busy week, and it's been a HOT week, here in Texas. I've tried to do as  much as possible in the mornings and late afternoon when I am outside, and I have been filling water troughs almost constantly.

I dropped my camera yesterday, and now I've got some issues with it. Fortunately I was able to get the photos transferred to my laptop, so I will be spending this week trying to see what I can do to get it repaired. Prayers appreciated!

I had a lot of opportunities to save and make money this last week. Can't wait to share!

We made a trip out to Cabelas Sporting Goods store, and I was able to get silicon four sheets for my dehydrator for $15.00. I still need a few more, but this will get me started. It will be easier to dry smaller fruits and veggies, like black or blue berries, and fresh green peas and corn kernels.

I used my Tuesday 5% senior discount at Brookshires for some baking supplies I was low on.

I received coupons from Brookshires in the mail. I have saved a lot of money by combing them with sales and even a couple of clearance items.

Speaking of clearance items, I found these bottles of Ocean Spray Organic Cranberry Apple Juice for $1.50 a bottle. I usually see it for $3.99 a bottle, so I snagged all of them. I pour a bit into a glass, then add cold filtered water to make a refreshing drink. When the bottles are empty I wash and refill them with filtered water to store in the fridge.

I also cashed in my change jar at the machine in Brookshires. I received over $6.00!

My copy of Alien Nation came in this week! I got it with my Bing search points. Great film.

And speaking of films, I was able to get an inter library loan of the movie Only Lovers Left Alive this week. I had wanted to see it for over a year since I first heard of it, but I wasn't going to just buy it. I paid $2.50 for a loan, so I could watch it. If I liked it, I would buy my own copy. If not, well, it's not that much to pay for a loan. By the way, I...kind of liked it. It's odd. It's GOOD, but it's odd. If I find a good used copy for the right price, I will get it for my collection.

Something I was ridiculously excited about this week--a video on how to wash Swiffer dusting cloths! I have dusters for getting at cobwebs and other areas, but I really think the little Swiffer dusters are great for shelves and other surfaces between times that I polish them. I haven't found the Dollar Tree washable duster cloths anywhere, so I am still buying the Swiffer or generic ones. I found this video, and I was blown away at how easy it is to extend the life of the cloths. The lady said they can last up to a year. I will be doing this!

Our local Thrift Angels Thrift store gives away Bibles they have. I found this Message Bible on Thursday. I had the New Testament, but wanted the entire Bible in this format. It's easier for Obie to understand when I read it to him. It's in great shape. I'll pass on the New Testament I have to someone else to enjoy.

I used the clippers to give Obie a haircut. He prefers his hair 'buzzed'. I saved the cost of a haircut, plus the time and energy to take him for a cut.

A lady had given us a small trailer for a riding mower, and I while it's mostly used for Obie to ride along when I mow (we call it our 6 wheeler), I have been using it to haul stuff around the property to save time. In this heat it has really been an energy saver.

I baked 6 dozen cookies and made up bottles of Koolade for the Redneck's lunches. It is so much cheaper than the snacks out of a vending machine!

While I skipped the local church rummage sale last weekend, this weekend was the county wide garage sale! Obie and I hit quite a few, and we did pretty darn good.

I have been wanting a stair stepper, and this one was only $2.00. It not only goes up and down, it has a little twist to work the hips and thighs. I keep it in the corner of the dining room, and each day I have been doing 100 steps on it in the mornings, and 100 in the afternoon. I can work my way up to a decent cardio workout. It's nice for days when I can't get out to walk.

Obie loves super heroes, and I found these two t-shirts, brand new, Under Armor brand, for $1.00 each.

I found him four more t-shirts at another sale for $1.50 total.

I got this little CD shelf for $2.00. I finally have our music CDs in order and neat. It was missing one little shelf, but I have more of the little pegs, and I have an extra larger shelf from an old cabinet that I can easily cut down. I'll paint it all one color.

I found this organizer for $2.00. It's now on the 'command center', holding mail, the calculator, etc. 

Of course I had to find music for Obie. I got these four CDs, in perfect condition, for $1.00 each.

This was my favorite find--a huge coffee table! I love the base, and the top is big enough to hold what I need. The two drawers can hold stuff, plus I just LIKE the way it looks! I have wanted a coffee table like this for years. One of the little drawer pulls was bent, so I will get some new pulls at the flea market. I intend to paint it a rust color to match my living room decor. Only $20.00!

I have been reading about how to get rid of ant hills, and I have seen a lot of posts about using corn meal sprinkled on the hills. I think it works, because I used plain corn meal over a hill, and it does seem to be reducing the population. I had been given these cornmeal mixes, but since we prefer cornbread from scratch, I'm going to sprinkle them over some ant hills to see what happens. If nothing else, I'll give them a good last meal before I hit em with poison!

A friend gave me a bottle of coconut face wash a while back, but I never got around to using it for that (I prefer cold cream--much less hassle). However, I have figured out that I can use it in my little hand washing soap dispenser by the kitchen sink! I usually just put dish soap in it. By the way--the soap dispenser was one I got when a friend moved and didn't want to take it with her!

I wanted to make black bean brownies last night, but we were low on regular sugar. I didn't want to use it up before we went grocery shopping, so I tried using this raw sugar that my friend had given me when she moved. It worked--the brownies were good, and the Redneck has plenty of sugar for his coffee!

At church this morning, my friend Teresa handed me a tote bag FULL of country gravy mixes! Her mom had brought them to her, and she passed a bunch to me. 

One last freebie--a friend gave me a couple of feed tubs. They are big plastic tubs that have a special feed for cows. When they are empty they make good planters. I'll drill some holes in the bottom, put weed cloth in them, and fill them up with the soil mix I made. I have plans for cilantro and some other herb in them.

Can't wait to see what God does this week!

Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018


  1. It looks like you got a lot of free items, and great deals on the rest. I've been doing extra shopping, as I have several events coming up that I need either food or presents for: graduations, birthdays, parties, and so forth. So, I've been gathering things at places that are good deals, or where I can buy bulk, such as Costco. Eggs, for instance, have risen in price, but I still get the best deal around when I buy in a 5-dozen package.

    You got great yard sale finds, as well. I've been able to go to a few this spring, but hope to get to more soon, between parties, because I have a little list I want to fill.

    1. I have a list too. I'm always on the lookout for specific items when I go to yard sales. Right now I'm looking for a new bed frame with a head board. I'll find it when the time is right.

  2. I love your coffee table find! Well done Evelyn!

    You're most welcome to drop by for a cup of inspiration!

    1. I dropped by your blog--very nice. Are you in Australia or New Zealand?

  3. Wow you are like the queen of free and great finds this week. I crown thee!

    1. {{waving like royalty to the crowd}} Thank you, thank you!

  4. You had quite the money-saving week--good for you! I've never heard of county wide garage sales before, just town-wide. You got some great bargains. I really need to start keeping track of my money saving victories because I can't remember a single thing now. It WAS last week, after all--ages ago! ;)

    1. Oh yes, do keep a list of your money saving adventures--it helps you to see that being creative can really help to save money. I like to look back at my lists sometimes--it encourages me to be patient and wait for the right thing to come along to meet my needs. The stair stepper is a great example. I had seen one a couple of weeks earlier for $10.00. I could have gotten it, but I just couldn't pay that amount. The $2.00 stepper is actually a better quality machine, and $8.00 LESS!

    2. I'm a sucker for little notebooks from the Dollar Tree. I think I'll start a money-saving diary with one of them. Thanks for the motivation!

  5. You're welcome Amy--as a 'Thriftologist' (I made the word up myself) I not only work to save myself money, I try to motivate others to be creative about frugality. It's not all drudgery to be good with money.


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