Friday, July 22, 2011

Frugal Friday's With Marsha 7/22/11

Welcome to Friday!

Let me talk about my frugal wedding this week. July 30 will be here before I know it.
We do not have money for anything really.

Clothing--A lady that lives across the street from our church comes to our Bible study on Tuesday morning. She is graciously letting me borrow one of her daughter's formals. My friend that is helping with the reception has a bouquet for me to carry. I found a pair of white dress shoes on clearance at Wal Mart for $3. Steve will just be wearing his suit and a pair of black shoes that we found in one of his totes that will work. I already have a wedding set of rings that he bought me a few years back. We will be buying one of the $28 bands from Wal Mart for him.

Photos--I'm not sure. I'm going to ask the photographer that attends our church how much he will charge us to come take photos and put them on disc for us. If not, someone will use my camera and my daughters will probably take photos with theirs as well.

Decorations---we have none.

Music--My oldest daughter is making us a CD of love songs that will play before the wedding and then during the reception.

Reception--My friend who lives in a near by town is taking care of most of the reception for me. She has baked the cakes and is making the punch. She is providing some of the table coverings. Other table coverings and the punch bowl and such are at my church. My oldest daughter has bought the mixed nuts to serve. She has also bought the ingredients to make the wedding mints. We will all sit down together a couple of day before the wedding and make those. I went to my mom's and found my rose mold that I've had for years.

The license at $85.50 is the most costly item for us. However, he's had this motorcycle sitting here that he bought a few years back to use for parts. We sold it last night for $100 so that covers the license.

Honeymoon??-- well, Steve's vacation is the week following the wedding. He won a $100 American Express gift card in a drawing at a meeting at work. That is paying for 2 nights at an RV resort to rent a cabin. We will just need to buy food for the days. It's been years since we've been able to go out there and we rented a camper in the past. The cabins are 2 bedrooms, and yes, we are taking my 14 yr old with us. Everyone tells us to make her stay home since we need a homeymoon, but neither of us can do that. It would be easy if we took other trips over the course of a year but we don't. Besides, it's not like we haven't already been living together for years.

Invitations--none of those either, just word of mouth in person and phone calls. We did put a blanket invitation for church members in the newsletter and in the bulletin.

Any other fine suggestions would be great for the wedding.

On to other things. Here are the items for the week from the 99 Cent Solutions book. We are still on the many uses of baking soda:

Deep clean a diswasher--Sort out that faintly funky odor in your dishwasher by putting 1 cup of baking soda in the bottom of the dishwasher and run it on the rinse cycle. If the smell still persists, sprinkle a few tablespoons on the bottom and let it sit in between loads. No need to rinse it out before running the next load.

Repel rain from a windshield--You haven't replaced your wiper blades and there is rain in the forecast. Dissolve a couple tablespoons of baking soda in 2 cups of water, dip in a clean cloth, and rub it over the windshield. Rain will slip off more easily until you buy those new blades.

De-skunk a bottle or thermos--Can't get that smell out of a bottle or flask that has been stored with the lid on. Fill it with warm water and a few teaspoons of baking soda. Soak it overnight. Rinse well and the smell will have evaporated.

That's all for me this week. I hope to really start seeing more hop along with us each week. I need the inspiration, and I know others do too. I love reading way that others are living a frugal life, saving money, etc.

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