Friday, May 8, 2020

Thrifty Things Lately #153



Hello ladies,

Here are a few things I've done lately to save money. But first....

Thank you JoeyLea for the gift you sent me this week! It was so very thoughtful. ~smile~

Thank you Gail for the gift you sent me this week! I will open it on the 12th for my birthday. ~smile~

Now onto the thrifty things.

I've been reworking my wardrobe a bit for my part-time work. I'm trying new combinations and making a few adjustments to things I own. I haven't bought any new clothes, but I may need to. A stay-at-home mom's wardrobe can get a bit dowdy if she doesn't shop for three years. I haven't really shopped since I found the lump. No energy then no money. ~smile~

I put a little shampoo in a squeeze bottle and filled it water. It makes my shampoo last so much longer with better suds.

Teddy bear mush with Farina (Cream of Wheat) for a couple of breakfasts. We add brown sugar and milk.

I made more masks using only what I have on hand.

I've been turning my fabric clutter into blessings for others.

I've also used up thread, elastic, seam binding, and clothes line!

I turned a cardboard mailing envelope inside out and put masks in it to mail to my father.

I made homemade laundry soap a few times.

Thrifty Woman's Real Estate Investment 3 cubic feet

At Mrs. Sherman's suggestion, I cut my son's hair.

I made ant poison. I'm going to have to make another batch. The critters came back.

I ordered a wig at a discount company. When I get brave, I'll have a photo taken and share it with you. My hair just never grew back fully after the chemotherapy.

A new wig sister sent me some wigs. I will use what I can and donate the rest. I have someone in mind.

We baked a chicken last night and ate what we wanted of it. I then picked the bones and put enough chicken in a bag to make a casserole. The carcass and skin etc went into a freezer bag.  I put both bags into the freezer for later use. When I get another carcass, I will make bone broth for soup.

I sewed a button on my husband's suit coat.

I listened to the New Testament on Bible.com. I'm in Luke right now.

I've been reading and listening to a couple of books on Scribd. I received a month free because someone used my referral code. She got two free months. It's only $8.99 after that for unlimited ebooks, audio books, sheet music, podcasts and more.

I haven't concentrated on being thrifty so much lately. I'm thrown for a bit of a loop over all that's going on, too. Combine that with working part-time, and you'll see that I'm trying to find my new normal.

So, I'm going to write down a few goals for next week! Maybe I'll have a bit more to report to you.

Blessings to all of you!
Remember... keep busy.
This too shall pass.

Have a homemade, handmade, heartmade thrifty week! 
Laura

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22 comments:

  1. Sounds like you have been quite frugal. You are doing a good job. I always hated shopping for clothes when I worked - although most came from thrift stores and yard sales!
    Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend. Blessings

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    1. You can certainly find better quality at thrift stores. Happy Mother's Day!
      Hugs,
      Laura

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  2. We read a lot on our Kindles and have subscribed to Kindle Unlimited. You can read all of the books on Amazon for free but there are a lot to choose from, especially those from independent authors. They get a small royalty for allowing the books to be checked out for free. If they get enough attention it can lead to book sales online. - Margy

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    1. That sounds great for the authors as well as for the readers. Thanks for sharing that with me.

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  3. I hear you on the wardrobe - I've just pulled out my short sleeves, and they are looking pretty homely:-) Maybe when thrift stores reopen~ Also, love that you flipped a cardboard envelope to reuse it- brilliant!

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    1. Yes, I'm really looking forward to thrift shopping. It seems like there ought to be a nice selection in a month or so since so many of us are cleaning out our closets!

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  4. I enjoyed reading your list tonight. I also enjoy listening the the Bible on my phone app. Right now I'm in the gospel of John. I turn it on and carry it in my apron pocket while I clean and cook.
    I just finished sewing 4 dresses this week. I desperately needed some new ones and I do love my comfortable dresses. My husband says he likes them too so that's a huge bonus. I have photos on my blog today if you're interested.
    Blessings,
    Betsy
    http://betsy-thesimplelifeofaqueen.blogspot.com

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    1. I saw your dresses. I like their classic style and simplicity of lines. I wore a dress to work that I sewed out of a yellow cotton with pink flowers. I got so many compliments. Not in fashion, but it's me. ~smile~
      Be blessed,
      Laura

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  5. Congratulations on the part time job. I am sure you will be beautiful in whatever you wear. Seems that you are staying busy and that is what keeps us young.

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    1. Well young sounds good to me. I'll be 55 on Tuesday. For some reason, I'm really excited about this birthday. Not because I think anything special will happen, but I like the idea of being 55. ~smile~

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  6. Sigh, I so can commiserate on the hair growing back. Sending you big hugs, Laura.

    Please do elaborate on the "fabric clutter" and turning blessings for others. I love Cream of Wheat too. smiles

    Wishing you a very Happy Mother's Day.

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    1. Oh thank you so much Linda.
      The fabric clutter was the stash that I've been holding onto for way too long!
      Blessings,
      Laura

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  7. I had forgotten that we share a birthday! Happy Birthday!

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    1. I forgot that, too, Lana. Happy day after!

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  8. Hi Laura - Happy Mother's Day to you!! I always love your thrifty ideas. I have tried many of them out over the years of following your blog! Have a wonderful week and stay well!

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    1. Oh Deb, I am so glad. There is just an unlimited number of things we can do to reduce our costs. That allowed me to stay home for 29 years. I must admit, we're in a time that I am working to make some money to make things a little easier. I have used money to fix things, buy things we've needed, etc., but now I'm thinking about how I can help knock out some debt.
      Hugs,Laura

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  9. Dear Laura, I had a time of hair loss. I still had hair but it was just lacking so much! I found hair toppers really good. They are not a wig more a partial one. They are easy to add and like a miracle yet your own hair is there too and blends in so very natural. Happy Birthday for tomorrow!! With love Annabel.xxx

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion, Annabel. I'm going to a wig shop this week. I may talk with the lady about toppers as well. Thank you for caring enough to share that with me.Blessings,Laura

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  10. I am so thankful you were given some wigs! what a blessing and I think you were very thrifty!

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    1. It's a blessing Michelle. Before cancer, my hair was medium brown. After cancer, dark brown with grey. The wigs given to me were strawberry blonde! Wow! What a change. I went to a wig shop in the Joplin area on Friday, and the owner helped me with how to style them and keep them on my head. I took the brown one I bought, too. She thought I looked better in blonde! Go figure. ~smile~ I'll share photos on the blog when I get a bit braver!

      Hugs,
      Laura

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  11. You may already know this so excuse the comment if you do. You can get a free wig from the American Cancer Society. Actually, they give a credit amount so you can order whatever you need - hat, scarf, wig, etc. They direct you to the TLC Collection website. When you order, you just give the code from the American Cancer Society. Blessings to you!

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    1. Thanks so much Lu. I truly appreciate the information. I did get a wig back when I was in treatment. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough info to understand how to make it work for me. I gave it away. Here I am nearly three years later trying again. ~smile~!

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