Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Good Afternoon. I'm getting a head start on Frugal Friday! I still have to figure out how to put the link up. Look for it- it may be there! But needless to say thank you Crystal Paine at Biblical Womanhood.
Today is a post about having crazy, silly fun while being frugal. Our church is hosting a "Frumpy Prom" for all the marrieds. It should be great fun! I even had one friend call me from the thrift store all excited about her find. I in turn called Superman. He doesn't share the enthusiasm that I do. As I have a feeling most of the DH's don't. But because they are all soooooooo loving they are attending.
Here's a sneak peek. It cost me all of $2.50, some thread, and silk flowers from other projects. I spent the money on 2 synthetic curtains with lace. My girls say the lace down my back makes look like a dinosaur. No, not as old as one!
I have gloves, cape, a long flowing gown, corsage and belt! Gorgeous isn't it?And here's that glorious corsage. "Super Size' me oh please! I know you all wish you had one.........
Here's Superman's costume, did I mention he has banana colored slacks! All for $3!! I know he really matches. But he thinks it's hideous and I really need to laugh. HAHAHAHA.
Okay on to more "serious frugality". We ran the a/c 1 week out of last month and our bill went up $10. So I would like to think that multiplying that by 4 and our bill should only go up $40 for a month....(Heeheehee, I can dream.) We "offset" the a/c by setting it to 80 degrees all the time.I thought I would be "dying" with my timely meltdowns, but at night I've actually been chilled.( I'm the girl who goes to the hotel and sets it at 60 degrees.) If we leave the house for more than 3 hours we raise it to 85.( Chocolate starts melting any higher than that!) We also have been hanging our laundry in LR instead of using the dryer. (Except for towels and undies.) I think this has been the biggest savings. Plus all the other normal things we do to save on power. I'm actually waiting for the bill
We've also challenged ourselves to keep the gas bill as low as possible. So with1 old (18yrs) car and 1 old (16yrs) minivan we spent $110 last month and hardly noticed (That was 1 tank per vehicle!). What did we do different? We rode bikes! If you can do it, I suggest you do it. Everything is so close by here, that it has been great all be it sweaty exercise! We've even considered riding to church. Here comes that "crazy family". There taking Dave to far!
Seriously, Superman rode into work today! He hasn't done that in years. He used to ride 10 miles a day to work for exercise and so I could have a car with the chickadees. I think we may end up back there again and it's really not bad! Every one's getting exercise.
Remember: Have fun, be creative and above all follow the Lord's leading in your frugality! (I have EXTRA gray hair this week. LOL)
OH! don't forget to check back next week for Prom pics. I think I'm getting pinned!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Today at Biblical Womanhood, Crystal has been talking about her grandfather. So in honor of that here is my re purpose tip! We have been hang drying our clothes inside for about a month. Because our house is for sale and we thought a clothes line may detract from it. So all has been going well (except for the hanger bumps in shirts). Well I needed a place to store hangers. My mom has a fancy hanger holder which is the same design as mine. Only hers is plastic and was made for the job intended. Well guess what mine is? It's the bottom portion of my Pasta Rack! (Remember years ago when we were all making fresh homemade pasta.......that was 3 chicks ago) It works beautifully and is made of oak (i think) WOW!
Here it is without the hangers...in case you were wondering.
The portion of the rack that was for drying pasta now holds drying water bottles! There's enough room for 4 water bottles and we have 4 chickadees!
Another tip I have is customize your laundry soap. I played with the recipes online and made up ours which works better than Tide or Ecos and cost pennies to make (our opinion).
Also I time our laundry that is in dryer ie. sock, underwear. I take them out when they are warm and ever so slightly humid. The heat from them finishes the drying of them while I'm folding.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The oldest chickadee "needed" to make brownies. I suggested that she make them using muffin cups. Reason #1- Less mess to clean up. Reason#2 - MOTHER HEN WOULDN'T BE AS TEMPTED TO OVER INDULGE IN THE DELECTABLE LITTLE TREATS! Everyone would know if I sneak some and I'm trying to be honest and good. Boy, do they smell good! I think they are calling me? NO, no ,no I shall not succumb to their chocolaty goodness.
I wish I had thought of it sooner... The sewing room was all a buzz with creativity this morning. 3 chicks sewing away at once! But here's a pic of chick #3 ( I wish I had one when it looked like I was running a mini sweat shop!). Chick #2 made a pattern and the other chick followed it. Now I'm starting to hear that they "need" better machines like the oldest chickadee. Hmmmmmmmmm.By the way, we found bags of scrap fabric at the thrift stores for 50 cents to a dollar. Perfect for these projects.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Isn't she a cutie!
I'm not sure how to turn this but I also made house coats for each girl. This one is a bit big, but I wanted her to grow into it. Everyone was able to pick their favorite fabric and I used a swing coat pattern from McCall's. These cost about $9 each to make, but they will last for MANY years!
Lastly, a need for bike baskets. Criteria: they MUST be cute and be able to carry some things! Store baskets start at $5 plus tax. So we put on our "thinking caps" and came up with these. We had planned on buying wicker baskets at the thrift store and tie wrapping them on, but we thought these were much sturdier. We found them at the Dollar Tree .They are Stearalite "milk crate" style ones and are much deeper than the "kiddie" baskets which cannot be customized easily. My middle two chicks were so excited about this project. By completion my teenage chick also thought they were really cute and wanted to make one! We laced ribbon through and tied bows (Joann's clearance, 25 cents a spool!). Then Superman tie wrapped them to the bikes. He did use a piece of PVC on the mountain bikes to fish the tie wrap through to give them more stability at the base. But on the little bike, he just tied it on! So these cost me $4 for 3 baskets! Yippee. One of my middles had a really bad crash so we will be replacing hers. The ribbon is still intact, we just need a new crate. I wouldn't have been able to buy a new store basket!
So be creatively frugal and have some fun!