Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

November 5, 2019

Hey y'all, it's me!

Well, I'm 5 days in on the National Novel Writing Month Challenge (NaNoWriMo), and even with taking Sunday off, I officially have 6,825 words written. My unofficial count with the words I had already written before the challenge began is now 11,374 words. Not bad! I have set a goal of 2,000 words a day, so I can rest up on Sundays, plus be able to take Thanksgiving off. It takes about 2-3 hours a day to crank out 2,000 words, and still allows me to get things done around the house. I confess, I have been tempted to just insert a paragraph every now and then that just says, "I don't have clue what I'm doing. I don't have a clue what I'm doing. I don' get the idea. But I haven't given in to it yet--let's hope I stay the course and complete this insane challenge I have set myself for November.

Okay, on to money saving adventures.

We ate up a lot of the leftovers from the auction lunch last Sunday--really helped stretch the grocery budget.

We have been able to hold off on the majority of the grocery buying until Tuesdays, when I can use my 5% senior discount at Brookshire's. I still get a few things at Walmart, but I buy my produce from Brookshire's, along with the weekly deals and clearance items.

Saturday we had to go to Bridgeport, so we planned a lunch at one of our favorite places, ROCK CITY BURGER.

When you order your food, you fill out the little form on a brown paper bag, letting the know what kind of burger you want, what topping, fries, etc. I noticed a 'jalapeno bun' listed. When I asked a guy about it, he said it was like sourdough and Hawaiian bread had a love child. Oookay...I had to try it!

Here's my burger, and he was right about the bun--it was awesome.

This, ladies and gentlemen is what an onion ring should be. Crispy and tasty.

Quite obviously my guys enjoyed their lunch.

I bought a 16 oz bottle of rubbing alcohol for a dollar at Family Dollar, the bottle that has methyl salicylate, or wintergreen oil in it. I poured it into a used spray bottle that I had cleaned well, and I used it to spray my furniture, curtains, rugs, and so on. It's my form of fabric refresher. It's cheap, dries quickly, doesn't stain the furniture, and smells great, with no chemical smells that give the Redneck headaches. I had watched a Do It On A Dime video about using alcohol to clean a micro fiber couch, and since I had one I had been given at the time, I tried it. It worked well, and the winter green scent gave me the idea to try it like I use it now. Here's the video.

I got a $5.00 Amazon gift card from using Bing as a search engine. 

I used it to get a copy of the book No Plot? No Problem! It was $4.99, with no tax and no shipping fee, so it was free. It came in this morning.

Sunday was a major freebie haul. One of my friends works for a man who buys the contents of those rental storage sheds. He says the man hauls a 70 foot trailer full of stuff to the dump each week, and I was heartbroken, just thinking of all the stuff I could use, donate or sell going into a land fill. However, my friend has convinced the man to let him bring me all the clothes he can, so I can donate them to the homeless shelter. He brought me 3 boxes and two large bags of clothes yesterday. After I sorted them last night, Obie and I took them to the church that distributes them. I also got a bag of clothes from another friend, so all together we donated about 100 pounds of clothing. I have figured that this year, just from the things that my church brings me--we have donated about 500 pounds of clothing. I am working on talking to my church during announcements this coming Sunday, and letting them know that the shelter is needing coats, winter clothing, blankets, and toiletries like toothpaste and shampoo. There's also a sock drive going on. I would love to set a goal of 1,000 pounds of clothes and other needed item before the end of the year.

We had a potluck at our other friend's home, and we just did sandwiches, chips and I brought an apple pie from the bakery. We spent little money, and we all ate well. Then we sat around and talked, laughed and planned activities for later in the year. My friends gave us a round wooden table they had decided not to use in a project. It's got those clawed feet with the ball in the claws. The Redneck wants to refinish it and put it into the man cave. We also got another bag of clothes to donate, and I got a pair of leather biker chaps to sell, as well as a new sweater for me.

One of the things I got yesterday was a big bag of old sheets in different colors. I will wash them, then tear them into strips to make a 'yarn' for crocheting into rugs, and to use on my homemade loom (yes, I will do a post on that). 

So, that was it for last week, and I am already beginning my saving for this week--I' making home made pizza for lunch today, with homemade crust and everything.

Well, I got chores and 2,000 words to write. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018


  1. I love how you sift though and donate to places. It inspires me, to remember our womens shelter here. Also the mission that hands out warm clothing for men. I must remember them.

    1. It's one of the things I began as a way to supplement my family's income by letting folks know I needed some things, and that I wouldn't turn down anything useful. The next things I knew, I was the 'stuff rescue and rehoming expert'! It's fun, you never know what will come your way, and you get to help people in a tangible way. I did find a couple of t shirts for Obie when I sorted, and I found a couple of pairs of flannel PJ pants that I really needed. Of course I go through my closet and am constantly purging good clothes to add to the donation bags. I tell people that if I kept only 1% of what I am given--I couldn't walk through my house!

  2. We used to have a microfiber couch and I would wash that thing with a rag and dawn dish soap. I was amazed at how well it cleaned up. I wish I had microfiber now.... best fabric ever for having fur babies!!

    1. I know, I have an old micro fiber loveseat that we use in the media room, and it's the only furniture in the house that I don't flip out when the two huge husky mixes crawl up on it--everything else is covered with sheets!

  3. One of the authors I follow Tricia Goyer has a program she is promoting about writing books...I need to do this. It does cost though. What is this program you are doing?

    1. It's the National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo for short. It's free to do. You go to the website I think they have the challenge about 3 or 4 times a year. You sign up before the start date, committing to write 50,000 words in 30 days. That's only 1,667 words a day. It began in 1999 with only 21 people doing it. Now over 300,000 people from all over the world take part in the challenge. I am doing pretty good so far--if I am able to grab some writing time today, I will be a little over 25,000 words--halfway through. I highly recommend taking the challenge. I have made half hearted attempts to write novels and non fiction for decades. I always had a relaxed attitude of I will get to it later. But since taking this challenge, I have written more and better in 9 days than I ever have. Putting a deadline on my writing has been wonderful. Maybe that is why I find writing for a blog so easy--I know I have to produce a post at certain times. Look at the site and give it a try.


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