Saturday, February 9, 2019

Thrifty Things Lately at Harvest Lane Cottage #134

Thrifty Things Lately at Harvest Lane Cottage!

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Hey Y'all,

  I have just been a bit out-of-the-loop lately. Knitting and reading have been taking up some of my blogging time. It's time to turn my focus more to thrifty living again. Here are some of the ways that I've been thrifty since my thrifty post.

 God bless!
 Laura
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Here's how my family has been thrifty lately.



  • We did a white elephant gift exchange with extended family for Christmas. Some gifts were very nice. Some were just gag gifts. We played Bingo to see who would choose first.
  • I bought a couch off of Facebook for $100. The previous owner had moved into a new house, and it didn't fit. The money was given to me as a Christmas gift.
  • We've eaten out of the freezer and cupboard.
  • We used a Christmas gift of money to stock up on some supplies.
  • I've decluttered and given away bags of stuff. Real estate investment!
  • My daughter bought an older vehicle with a good down payment. She'll only need to finance it for a year.
  • I went on my first yarn shop road trip with my friend Laura. I saved by only buying one skein of yarn at each of the shops we visited. I went home with money in my pocket. Woo hoo!
  •  We pulled back on some plans and activities to give ourselves more margin in our homeschool days. It's already more peaceful.
  • I borrowed the books I needed for the new book club I've joined instead of buying them.
  • I took a lot of giveaway things to my knit night and invited others to do the same. I decluttered a lot, and I got a couple of new skeins of pretty sock yarn.
  • I earned some money by filling out on-line surveys. They seem to be good at the start then, after I've been a member for awhile, I don't get to complete as many surveys. 
Have a terrific week,
Laura

24 comments:

  1. I love the sound of a yarn road trip, sounds like fun.

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    1. It was just as fun as it sounds!
      It was the first trip of that kind that I've taken.
      I hope to do it again in a few months but go in the opposite direction.
      Blessings,
      Laura

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  2. It sounds as if your years has started splendidly! Good for you for taking some you time. So much gets in our way now days and 'me' time is important.
    Blessings

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    1. Yes Cheryl. I like knitting, because my me time is a blessing to the ones I give my hats to.
      Be blessed,
      Laura

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  3. Wonderful ideas and ways to save money. It is fun to find new ways to stretch what you have and make things work. God is so faithful! Sending love and hugs your way today! And thank you for the sweet card you sent to me. :)

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. It is fun to find new ways. I'm finally feeling better enough to get interested in things like this again. You're welcome for the card. It was about time I send you some snail mail!

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  4. All of those are great ways to save.

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    1. Thanks. What are your favorite ways to save money?

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  5. Great thrifty ideas. I too have been decluttering, giving things away and selling on resell groups.

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    1. That's a great idea, Barbie. I really should sell some things as well. Goodness knows that we could use a bit of extra cash for savings and extra expenses.

      Be blessed,
      Laura

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  6. Oh you are indeed very thrifty. Jack and I gave a bit more away this past week. Trying to be sure I use up food and not have to throw it away.

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    1. Good for you Michelle! Doesn't it feel good to give things away? I used to go to a homeschool group every week. I found joy in trying to bring a bag or box of things to give away each week. It's so much more fun to bring things to a meeting and bless folks I know.

      By the way, with all the crocheting you do, I bet you could use your scraps to make up some little hats to put in shoeboxes for Samaritan's Purse like I did last year. No pressure, just a thought. Hugs to you my friend! One day I'm gonna give you one in person.

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  7. I like how, being clever and frugal, your family needs are being met (and some fun things - like your yarn-outing with a friend.) Your economizing is inspiring me to de-clutter and share with others.

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    1. Dear Karen,
      That's a wonderful idea! Just after Christmas, I took a bunch of things that I wanted to give away to a knit night. It went over well, and I went home with fewer things (which went to a thrift store) and a couple skeins of sock yarn that I look forward to knitting up this spring or summer.
      A lot of my homeschooling books were given to me by my friend, Mrs. S, when she was finished with them. I spent most of my money on math. Teaching Textbooks is really worth it when you can use it with three students then give it away to another friend.
      I've recently learned that we may be moving in a few months. That's all the more reason for me to go through the great accumulation of homeschooling books that I've accumulated. ~smile~ It's strange not to constantly be on the lookout for books and materials for the children. We have more books than my Amy (17) could read in ten years!
      You know I have a long winter book list. I'm reading Christy (500+ pages) for my new book club. I added it to the list, but I can tell right now that some of my books will be moved to my Spring list!
      Have a wonderful week. I truly enjoy your Facebook posts. May God bless you and your family with resources and good health in Jesus' Name.

      Your friend,
      Laura Lane

      P.S. This almost looks like the beginning of a blog post. Don't be surprised if you read it again!

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  8. Hi, I always get inspired this time of you to clean out! But the books always seem to multiply. I hope your move will be a blessing for you! I also have been trying to use more out of the freezer and the pantry. It feels good to read a good book or to do a craft, we can't always be working. Hugs, Roxy

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    1. You know, Roxy, I feel like I work a lot around the house and such, but I always have more to do. It is nice to make time for some handwork or a good book. I like my Tuesday nights, because I get to dedicate a few hours to visiting with new friends and knitting together. My husband often works late that night, too.

      Have a great week!
      Your friend in Missouri,
      Laura

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    1. You said it, girl! Truly, I need to knit up what I've got first if I'm going to be truly thrifty. Have a great week ending!
      Your friend in Missouruh Missouri,
      Laura

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  10. I think the white elephant guft exchange would be way ore fun than traditional gifts. I have wondered how our kids would feel about doin something like that.

    We bought whole chickens for 65 cents a pound and cooked them and froze meat for 10 meals. Another day we bought 10 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts and pressure canned them into 13 pints.

    We only ate once last week for only $3.38. It was still time out with Hubby no matter what it cost!

    Hubby did our taxes himself even though he was no sure he could and we get a large refund. We were afraid we would have to pay so this was a huge relief!

    Have a good week!

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    1. ​That's all terrific news Lana! At first I thought you'd eaten only once! I quickly realized my error. My husband has been working on our taxes, too. I don't know if he'll be able to do it all himself or not. It's so expensive to get help.
      Have a terrific week ending!
      Laura​

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  11. Great list and reminders for being thrifty Laura. Congrats to your daughter getting a car at a great deal :)

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    1. Thanks Tajuana. It's good to hear from you. I'll drop by your blog for a visit soon. Enjoy your week ending.
      Mrs. Laura Lane

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  12. You are so inspirational, my friend. Thank you for sharing how you are being thrifty.

    I hope you are well and enjoying the month of February. Thinking of you, dear one, and sending lots of love your way!

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    1. Blessings to you! You are always so encouraging.

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