Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

September 2, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

It's been another whirlwind week around the Edgett house. If you recall, our washer broke down, and we were given a replacement from a family in our church. It worked great, until IT broke down Wednesday! I was so shocked, I just started laughing. I had sold the old washer for scrap, will be doing the same with this one. I have several folks looking for another washer, so until then it's the laundromat in town for washing, home for drying. Hey, it may be inconvenient, but it beats two five gallon buckets and a plunger, can you dig it?

On to my adventures for last week.

I tried using sweetened condensed milk as a creamer in my morning mug of tea. I had a can in the pantry that had been given to me. It's not bad, but it's a bit expensive to buy regularly.

Ate leftovers of course.

Took the A/C filter outside and washed it well to remove all the dust and fur that gets in it. Makes the unit run a bit better.

I was wanting something to snack on, so I made a batch of muffins using the Universal Muffin Recipe by Amy Dacyzyn, author of The Tightwad Gazette. You can find here at Feral Homemaking (I LOVE that name). I tossed in some leftover canned yams, coconut flour, cinnamon sugar I had mixed up, and few other goodies according to her recipe. They were quite good with a bit of butter, plus Obie and I had extras to enjoy later.

I also whipped up a quiche for supper one night, using stuff I found in the fridge. I just put leftover cooked rice in the bottom of the greased pie pan and poured the mixture over it. It was yummy.

I earned a $5.00 gift card for Amazon by using as my search engine. My plan was to earn several and use them for a bigger item later in the year. However, when I ordered an e book, I hit the wrong button, and instead of using the Redneck's charge card, it used up my gift card. {{{GRRRRR!}}}. I will pay better attention next time.

I was given this vinyl covered notebook, which I plan to adapt into a planner for 2019. Using the ideas I find from Pinterest, and adapting the setup from my little $3.00 planner from Dollar General, I hope to put together a planner that will meet  my personal needs. Free is a great start!

We were told about Thriftbooks--a website that sells good condition used books for low prices. The Redneck and I each ordered a book, and with the combined prices, we got free shipping. Now, I like the deal we got this time, but I can still find better deals on used books on Amazon. I will check Thriftbooks when I am looking for something, but it will have to be a really good deal.

Each month Obie's father sends some money to help with his upkeep. It's not much, but I decided to try the envelope system to budget the funds each month, plus start an emergency savings fund. I figured out 15% of the amount, and set that aside in a saving envelope. The rest I divided into four envelopes for the month. It gives me a set amount each week to spend. I put any receipts into the envelope, so I can tell exactly where the money goes each month. I even wrote a note for the dollar I spent at a yard sale. I will let y'all know how it works out.

Used coupons when we grocery shopped--saved approximately $5.00 off total.

This morning at church, I saw that someone had placed a box of DVDs on the table in the entryway for folks to take. I found FIREPROOF, so I snagged it. I really like that movie.

I also got a stuffed gingham pillow with a button flap. It will be nice on my  TV room couch.

And someone brought these sections of an outdoor Christmas tree made of metal and strings of lights. I have no use for it as a tree, but I can strip the lights off and hang them around my patio for nightlights. I can scrap the metal frame. I do have a project I want to try with some of the lights--I'll get back to you with more details.

We had a potluck at our friends Kenny and Barbara's house after church. I made Mississippi Pot Roast in the crock pot, and Barbara provided a veggie and salad. It was so nice to enjoy a meal with friends. Later the guys talked and Barbara and I went upstairs to talk about some ideas we had for encouraging each other in our Christian walk. She loaned me a couple of books to read.

Kenny knows how much I like movies, so he went through his DVD collection and gave me several that he no longer wanted. I can watch them, and the ones I don't want to keep I can donate to the library book sale.

Barbara blessed me with some herbal tea, a bottle of Annie's Green Garlic Salad Dressing, and a new spider plant.

We were about to leave when the Redneck's phone rang, and a friend told us that he had a couch and love seat to give us, along with some other furniture they couldn't use in their new house. We will pick it up in the morning, then I have to decide if I will use it in my home or take it to the consignment store to earn a little money. Decisions, decisions...

All in all, not a bad week. What did you do to save money this last week? Please let me know in the comments.

Oh, and I now have 10 subscribers to my YouTube channel! I dunno why that's exciting to me, since I am not monetizing my channel or this blog--but it's kind of cool, ya gotta admit.

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


  1. You had a fun and interesting week. Sorry about the new to you washer! I'll be looking forward to seeing what you do with those lights. REpurposing is so much fun. Since I went to youtube to find you and Kate S, I have found myself becoming addicted to so many fun videos. This weekend I spent a lot of time watching Appalachian life videos. I was watching some 40's, 50's and 60's housewife videos, and one of the women was using the envelope system. Ole Dave Ramsey is having to retrain all us women. lol About the sweetened condensed milk, I'll bet it is delicious; but I drink so much coffee in a day's time, I would be as big as barn. ha! Congrats! on your youtube subscribers... it's a fun place to go.

    1. Appalachian Life sounds interesting, will be checking it out. Actually, the project I have planned for the lights deals with my YouTube channel. I like some of the 'old time housewife' videos. Have you ever heard of a blog about a woman who decided to live in the year 1955? It was fascinating to read, and I even got some great ideas from it--like when she used a cookbook from that time, she found that food portions were a lot smaller than today. This is the link to get you started, it might take some effort to read the posts in order, but I found it fascinating. She posted videos of commercials, those news stories about 'modern conveniences', and even several about other people who 'live' in another time through the clothes they wear, the d├ęcor and furnishings of their home--this is an entire lifestyle for some people. My absolute favorite couple who does this is Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman. They live in the Victorian era in Portsmouth, WA. Check them out at Hope you have a great Labor Day.

  2. Love reading about your thrift all week, Evelyn, you are certainly a kindred spirit to me. I used to do more stuff like you but in recent busy years, I had to stop some of it. I’m working to get back to it.

    1. Rhonda, we all have different seasons in our lives, and right now it looks like your current season is being an awesome grandmother. I love to read about the things you do with them and your husband, your blog photos are sweet. Besides, I'm jealous of your ability to use e coupons at Dollar General!


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