Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

July 1, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

I'm thrilled to have photos to share with y'all this week. The new camera seems to be doing the job. Now all I have to do is get my Kodak repaired.

I had some good adventures in money saving, so let's get started.

I had a nice area rug given to me in one of my decluttering hauls, but it was D-U-S-T-Y. It had been stored for a long time. I could see that it had a nice design under all that dirt. I grabbed my quarters and headed to the car wash, where $3.00  allowed me to wash and rinse the rug, revealing a lovely pattern with colors that go with my living room. I still need to actually shampoo it with my carpet cleaning machine, then I will put it down in front of my couch.

A browsing through Brookshires clearance aisle revealed a glass jar of pasta sauce for 50 cents.

While in Brookshires I noticed an older lady buying a large tub of Greek yogurt. I told her to look in the dairy clearance section, because I had seen the exact same yogurt for $1.50, instead of the $3.99 it normally sold for. We checked the expiration date--July 24! She thanked me, and hugged my neck. I didn't save money, but it I love to help other folks save, and the hug was a bargain!

We got Pizza Hut coupons in the mail. We seldom eat there because I make most of our pizzas from scratch, but when we do want a meal out it's nice to save a bit of cash.

I learned that one of the local churches has a movie night every other Friday, with drinks and popcorn. I figure that a small donation every two weeks would be a good gesture, so Obie and I can enjoy fellowship, snacks and inspirational movies.

My old non stick pasta pot finally bit the dust, so I tossed it into the barrel to build my scrap pile for sale. I did keep the glass lid, because it makes a perfect cover for some of my other pots and skillets.

I cut up some old vinyl pants and rain coats for material to sew up some small triangles to string up for decoration in the back yard. I kept one of the old raincoats to make my Halloween costume--I'm gonna be Georgie from the movie IT!

Thursday we did our weekly trip to the library for the afternoon. After a while we took a walk, and stopped in at Thrift Angels Thrift Store. We hadn't been in for a while, in order to let the inventory turn over a bit. Imagine my delight when I saw this Anchor Hocking trifle bowl, still in the box! I have been wanting one for several years. I make a layered 'mulched' salad, and they are so pretty in a glass trifle bowl. It was $12.00, but then I saw the sign for a Buy 1, Get 2 Free sale. 

I looked around for a bit, and I found a brand new fragrance travel set. I grabbed it for a potential Christmas gift.

This little grater set was also one of my freebies. It's got several different blades, including a nice wide cut I can use to make zucchini lasagna noodles.

Since Obie's room is western style, this little carved wooden sign for 50 cents. was added to my total. The whole lot was less than $14.00. 

When I lived in a travel trailer, the oven didn't work, so I bought a good sized toaster oven. I baked a LOT of food in it--cookies, pies, casseroles, etc. It had been languishing in the laundry room since we moved in this house, but Friday I brought it into the kitchen and cleaned it up. I can use it instead of heating up the big oven (and the kitchen), cutting down on our electric bill.

As you know, I got a new camera for $5.00 at an estate sale this weekend, but at the same sale I got a second bread machine, that also makes an actual loaf, instead of the big cube of bread. Why do I need another bread machine? I often bake bread for events at church, or for Christmas dinners and even for gifts for people. Using two machines is more efficient, and for only $2.50, it was a good deal.

Speaking of saving money, I've talked about how much I love Dave's Killer Bread. It's a bit pricey though, so I decided to try to work out a recipe that is near to the bread of my dreams. I have all these grains, seeds, and flours from when my friend Eleanor moved and blessed me, so I went through and made up a blend of quinoa, millet, pumpkin seeds, rye flakes, coconut flour, flax meal, etc. I used a cup in a bread recipe in the new machine. It turned out pretty darn good. I would have posted a photo, but, well, you was a bit TOO tasty, if you get my drift. I promise to post photos of the next loaf...if I can keep my guys out of it!

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


  1. You found great things! I'm so glad you got a camera. I use my phone for the most part, but my husband has a "real" camera and uses it for things like when he takes pictures for graduations, etc. and likes it very much. What I like about my phone is that it automatically puts the pictures on my computer--they sync. So, that's nice. I'm sure you are going to post lots and lots of pictures now!

    1. I love a 'real' camera too. I was a photo journalist in the military, and I loved taking pictures and developing them in a darkroom. I may have a cell phone again later in the year, and while I will use it to take photos, I will always love my 'real' camera!

  2. Great finds! I'm happy you got the camera! I'm jealous of the bread maker. I love Dave's Killer Bread, too!

    1. I know, it's just so goooood! Keep looking at yard sales and thrift stores, you can find bread machines really cheap, and if there's no manual, just do a search for the make and model, then download the manual. I do this a lot with my bargains.


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