Friday, May 17, 2013

A Thrifty Week #5

I was a little more thrifty this week than last week. 

~ I found a bank error of $5.00 on my checking statement.  I looked at the check on-line, called to verify amount of payment with the company, then called the bank.  They credited my account the same day. Every dollar counts.

~ In balancing the checkbook, I found that my husand had been, ahem, indulgent for my birthday and Mother's Day.  So, we're eating out of the cupboard and freezer this week.  So, I cleaned out the food cabinet.  Why do I make such a mess when I'm cleaning?  ~smile~  I still needed to buy a few things, but far fewer than I would normally buy. 

~ We found homes for the last four kittens.  No more kitten food to buy.  ~sigh~

~ I mended two pairs of jeans.  My son's thirteen and all boy.  He regularly wears through his knees or rips his jeans.  I fixed a pair for him.  The other was for my daughter.  She's just worn the same size jeans so long, she finally wore through a knee. ~smile~  I mended Amy's just like I mended this pair a few years ago.   *Just a little funny note, the next day Michael told me that he had outgrown those jeans.  I guess I need to get to my mending pile a little more often!

~ I noticed that the strap on my daughter's Croc shoe was beginning to tear.  Rather than let it tear all the way through, I decided to try sewing the edges together.  It worked!  The stitches aren't all that noticeable.  I wonder if Amy will notice?  They should last through the summer now, unless she grows too fast.  We have a creek on our property.  Crocs make swimming in the creek much safer. 

~ I bought thirty VHS history and Christian history videos and books for $3.00.  One of them was the Visual Bible Matthew series.   I love that their Jesus is a happy, joyful, Jesus.  Another was Ray Vander Laan's That the World May Know series.

~ We made a trip to the library in a neighboring town and brought home a big box of books to read over the next  few weeks.  It's about 40 miles over, so I usually renew once.  It will be good entertainment.  The kids signed up for the summer reading program, so there will be some free miniature golf in our future.  ~smile~

I'm looking forward to a thrifty summer.  Would you ladies be interested in linking up thrifty posts in a linky?  If so, do comment.  If there's enough interest, I'll look into it.

May God bless you,
Happy at Home
May I suggest?


  1. My goodness Laura you have been busy. Life is a funny old thing sometimes, we lost an dear Uncle very suddenly this week and I have been thinking of him and how special life is, especially the day to day ordinary times we take for granted sometimes. Your post really brought home how wonderful 'ordinary' life is, thank you so much.
    Lots of love

  2. You are doing great at being thrifty, Laura.. Good for you. I try.. smile..

  3. Thank you ladies!

    Dorothy, I pray God will comfort your family.


  4. I'm really looking forward to when my daughter is old enough to come to the library with me :)

    It sounds like you live in a great area with a creek on the property!

  5. How old is your daughter? Mine came with me to the library from birth.

    Yes, we have a great swimming area. The privacy makes it feel like a retreat. What a blessing.


  6. You can make bell bottom jeans by cutting up next to the seam just to the knee. Insert material, or cut a panel from a man's pair of jeans. Add trim to the bottom if the jeans fit, but are too short, which makes the bell bottoms just that more trendy without breaking the bank.


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