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‘T H A N K F U L’ Banner

This year I made a ‘T H A N K F U L’ banner I’d like to show you. The beauty of this banner is that you can resize it to fit the space you have available, so don’t feel forced to use my measurements. This banner can also be spaced differently, bringing the pieces closer or setting them further apart. Continue reading ‘T H A N K F U L’ Banner

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How I’m Saving Money this Holiday Season

The Holiday season can be expensive to get through, and I don’t have all the money in the world. I look for ways each year to save money, starting right after the previous Christmas. After the Yule and Christmas celebrations, I saved all the gift bags, wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, gift boxes, and tags to reuse the next year. Some members of my family also … Continue reading How I’m Saving Money this Holiday Season

Use Thrift Stores to Save Money

I do a fair amount of shopping at thrift shops. As a matter-of-fact, most of what I bought for the baby shower I threw for my daughter and son-in-law came from thrift stores, and when Little Man is growing out of another size clothing, that is where I head with a list from my daughter. I buy as much of my own clothing as I … Continue reading Use Thrift Stores to Save Money

10 Ways to Reuse Small Plates and Saucers by Shannon L. Buck

(Originally published to Y! Contributor Network. Repurposing items is a frugal way to decorate.) 10 Ways to Reuse Small Plates and Saucers There has been so much waste going into landfills that more and more people are seeking out ways to reuse and recycle as many of the things they no longer need as is possible. Finding new uses for used items is more environmentally … Continue reading 10 Ways to Reuse Small Plates and Saucers by Shannon L. Buck

5 Ways to Decorate Walls by Shannon L. Buck

(Originally published to Y! Contributor Network. Look for frugal finds at yard sales and thrift stores.) 5 Ways to Decorate Walls Walls may be decorated in a variety of ways, from painting to displaying artwork. Anything is acceptable, so decorate to your tastes and don’t worry about impressing others. After all, you are the one who has to look at the walls on a daily … Continue reading 5 Ways to Decorate Walls by Shannon L. Buck

How to Reuse Toilet Paper & Paper Towel Tubes

These tubes can also come from items such as wrapping paper, food wrap, etc. They can be reused for many things. I will share some ideas with you, and then you can share some with all of us in the comments. Feed electronics cords through them to clean up areas behind desks and entertainment centers. Store holiday lights in them. Cut them to size and … Continue reading How to Reuse Toilet Paper & Paper Towel Tubes

Free Decorations for Holiday Gifts

My nephew and I have been collecting flowers to dry and have them hanging in bunches in the living room and the kitchen. If we can afford to, we intend to buy some wicking before the holidays. We have been saving the used wax from candles, as well as the holders, and are planning on making new candles from them to give as gifts to … Continue reading Free Decorations for Holiday Gifts

Spring, Summer and Fall Clean-Up

I’m sure that you all notice that people in your, and surrounding, towns often have spring clean up times. They are allowed to put things by the roads to be taken away. It sits there for a while before this happens. There is a reason for that. It is a great recycling program. Now, notice that some of the people in your, and surrounding, towns … Continue reading Spring, Summer and Fall Clean-Up

Another Yard Sale Success and Sewing Curtains

I have decided that, since I gave up the DirecTV and the BlockBuster.com, I needed to have some sort of entertainment for the winter months. I will be reading and sewing. I purchased 8 books for $4.00 at a yard sale Sunday, as well as a few other books over the summer. I am currently reading Lisey’s Story by Stephen King, which I picked up for … Continue reading Another Yard Sale Success and Sewing Curtains

Todays Yard Sale Finds

I had some luck at the yard sales that I found this morning. I got in and extra 2 miles of walking. And I earned 20 cents by picking up a few returnables. No too bad of a day! Here were my yard sale finds: 1 cordless phone unit: 1 base phone, 2 smaller base phones that we won’t need phone jacks for. $5.00 4 … Continue reading Todays Yard Sale Finds

Yard Sale Finds

I went to a yard sale a couple of days ago, and came home with a few household items, some things for Skye’s first apartment, and some holiday gifts. I paid $3.00 for an overstuffed bag. It was one of those fill a bag deals where you end up paying much less than the total price of all of the tags. This is what I … Continue reading Yard Sale Finds

Yard Sales are my Favorite!

There was a benefit yard sale here in town last weekend. I went and spent $8.oo on: $2.00 on 2 handcrafted angel pins for charity .50 for a brand new stationary set $2.00 on a holiday quilt that looks brand new and hand made $1.00 on a cast iron baking pan with mini snowmen (will be great for my holiday baking) $2.00 on holiday decorations … Continue reading Yard Sales are my Favorite!

Yard Sale and Thrift Shop Finds

Today was a good day for me. I was being my frugal self, and needed to procure some things for my home and the upcoming holiday season. After taking the children up on the bike path to collect samples from the pond to look at under the microscope (which was, by the way, a free field trip), we went to the thrift shop and a … Continue reading Yard Sale and Thrift Shop Finds

A Way To Get Useful Items

You may remember that I had been helping out the neighbors off an on this past winter. They have been sending me home with many things. At first I was doing this for free, but they have insisted on paying me since Christmas. I can use the money, so I am not complaining. However, this a good way to get useful items, even if you … Continue reading A Way To Get Useful Items

Homemade Quilting Projects Using Old Clothes

Well, I don’t have a pattern as I have not quilted anything yet. My sister is quilting using our father’s clothes and store bought fabric. Our father passed away a year-and-a-half ago, and she is making us memory pieces. I was thinking that we could do different things with old clothes, and here are some ideas for fabric to use: * Old Jeans would be … Continue reading Homemade Quilting Projects Using Old Clothes

Homemade Baby/Children’s Clothes from Other Items

There are frugal things that you can do with old clothes, sheets, pillow cases and other items that will help you more cheaply decorate baby rooms, and young children’s rooms, as well as to help clothe them. Here are some ideas to get you started: * Homemade mittens, scarves and hats from your old sweaters and fleece items. * Homemade curtains and valances from sheets … Continue reading Homemade Baby/Children’s Clothes from Other Items

After Christmas Shopping

After the holidays a great time to purchase clearance items for 50% and more off their regular prices for. These items can help you out a lot when next years holidays roll around. What to look for: gift-wrap, boxes and bags (Plain Red: Also good for Valentines Day, birthdays. Plain Green: Also good Image By: cohdra at morguefile.com for St. Patrick’s Day and birthdays. Other … Continue reading After Christmas Shopping

Thanksgiving Decorating on a Budget (Updated)

Today, as we were leaving the trailer, I told my daughter that our porch looks naked. She had taken down all of the Halloween decorations, and my other daughter put the outdoor furniture, in the shed over the weekend. We were both in agreement that I should decorate the porch area again. How can we decorate for autumn when we are living on such tight … Continue reading Thanksgiving Decorating on a Budget (Updated)

What to do with Pumpkins

Some of you may be wondering what to do with your pumpkins once you have them. In fact, there are many things that you can do with them, even after the autumn holidays are over. We carve some, but not all, of our pumpkins. This year, we are going to try our hand at roasting the seeds. When Halloween is over, we will cut these … Continue reading What to do with Pumpkins

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Decorating for Autumn Holidays, On the Cheap

There are a few things that you can do to decorate for the autumn holidays, without spending a lot of money.  At this time, stores are already offering discounts on autumn decorations to make room for placing Christmas stuff on their shelves. NOTE: My favorite thing to do is shop clearance sales after Halloween and Thanksgiving. Doing this has enabled me to acquire a bunch … Continue reading Decorating for Autumn Holidays, On the Cheap

Roadside Savings and More, a Freebie to Boot!

Skye and I stopped into Dawn ’til Done on the way home Saturday. We purchased a good size pie pumpkin for $1.50, a pumpkin for Skye, and some garlic. The total was just over $3.00. Then we stopped at a stand where a farmer was selling squash and potatoes. He was selling the potatoes in big bags of, like, 50 pounds each. We don’t need … Continue reading Roadside Savings and More, a Freebie to Boot!

Making Our Own Napkins

It is expensive to purchase paper napkins, and I haven’t purchased them for years. I do want to make cloth napkins, but hadn’t happened across a pattern. However, as I was reading a homesteading site this morning, I finally came across directions for them. I do not plan to purchase the fabric for these napkins. I will, instead, be using leftover fabric from when I … Continue reading Making Our Own Napkins

Today I Purchased all of this for $6.25

At the Riverfest community event: $1.00 For a history of Maine book with old recipes.      .25 For a House Rules sign, wooden, painted, nice.  0.00 Candy thrown to the kids from the floats/people in the parade. Plenty. At a yard-sale that we stopped at during our walk home: $5.00 for Pajama pants and top for Skye. Pajama pants for Zowie. Pajama pants for Skye. … Continue reading Today I Purchased all of this for $6.25