Monday, May 23, 2016

Don't Sink Under That Burden!

“It has been well said that 
no man ever sank under the burden of the day. 
It is when to-morrow's burden 
is added to the burden of to-day
 that the weight is more than a man can bear.” 

George Macdonald, poet (1824-1905)


Friday, May 20, 2016

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A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #64

Welcome to another thrifty week at Harvest Lane Cottage. I am honored by your visit.  Each week I share my thrifty and frugal projects, ways of saving money, and my blessings from God. 

I am so glad you dropped in for a visit today—or tonight!
I have enjoyed meeting so many ladies over the past few weeks. 
I love it when y'all leave comments, so I can meet you and see your blogs, too.

Here's my thrifty week:

~ Real Estate Investment - Decluttered for our garage sale... more to come. I cleared about 6 cubic feet.

~ My daughter is reusing the math program her two siblings used.

~ My Amy borrowed a camera to shoot senior photos for my Emily.

~ My son got an awesome deal on a gun he'd been wanting for a long time. $90 saved. Wow! He should take me to dinner! 

~ Actually he just fried venison from the deer he shot last fall. He cooked. How great is that?

~ My elder son, Matthew, gave us lots of macaroni and cheese and pasta. It should last a long time.

~ We used some of my homemade soap for showers.

~ I gave simple wedding gifts to two families that I made from yarn given to me this spring. 

~ Cool temperatures meant no air conditioner!

~ I received some items for review. 

~ I received an extra book, Dawn at Emberwilde, to give away. Enter here.

Have a beautiful week!

What are you doing in your home this week?

...doing what I can with what I've got
where I am on a short shoestring budget!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Thrifty Woman's Real Estate Investment Strategy

Without question, our home purchase is the biggest, most expensive investment we will ever make. According to, homes can cost an average of $112 across the country, but range from $55 -$328 a square foot. Many things factor into the cost of a home, but whether you live in 1000 square feet or 3000 square feet, that's a lot of money. 

I've found a really inexpensive way to add space to your home.  
I call it real estate investment. 
Free Oak Hill House Desktop from
The Thrifty Woman's Real Estate Investment Strategy

It's really quite simple. It's a do-it-yourself DIY that is Pinterest worthy.

Every Walmart size bag that goes to a thrift store, giveaway, or trash "buys" you another cubic foot of space in your home. Don't believe me? Try cleaning out your closet! You'll have more space. 

So, if the cost of your house per square foot is $100, every plastic bag of clutter is worth $100 of real estate! Now, that's real estate investment! 

Ladies, let's grab our bags and invest!


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