Friday, May 24, 2013

Frugal Friday With Marsha--Income Tax Refund

Our income tax refund has been a long time coming in, but finally got here Wednesday.
First my husband says "we  are going to be busy all day shopping", to which I replied, "just because we have money doesn't mean we need to go out and just blow it."

Well.......we didn't "blow" it all.  We did pay off the credit card, which we will use again because for another month we get an additional .25 off per gallon of gas when we use it.  I know gas is going up everywhere, so you all can relate to us wanting the additional off.  There is no interest on the card until after Dec. 31, 2013 so we will pay  back what we use for gas.

I want to put back $500 to have for vacation week in July.  As of right now there is still more then enough left to do's a matter of getting hubby to the bank to get the cash and then him not touching it!

We bought some household needs such as light bulbs and such.  I got a dress and my daughter got pants.  We bought small birthday gifts for the 3 grandchildren who have birthdays around the corner (May 29, June 1 and June 5)

We went grocery shopping at Aldi.  We spent $138 there.  If you have opportunity to shop Aldi, you know how much that $138 can get you.  I feel so much better with a stocked deep freeze and cabinet of canned goods.
Look at this banana pepper plant that we bought at Aldi for $7.99!  I wish now we have bought the tomato plant and bell pepper plants as well.  There are 3 plants. (you can see the blender that we bought too as ours had quit working.  We found this one at Target on sale for $16, down from $29.99!)
 Our big purchases were at Walmart.  A porch swing for $148.  A patio set for $198 plus $49 for the umbrella.  There we also bought tubeless tire inserts for Jasmine's bicycle.  We have too many stickers and thorns around here.  She can ride her bike again!  And, we bought 2 power cords.  You know, one for when we are on the swing with our laptops and the other for when we are on the deck using the patio set.

We tried to buy a tv at Walmart too because ours is acting up.  They didn't have it in stock and we found out yesterday that they can't order any more of that set in.  We are now considering buying the 50" one that they have on close out.  It was a demo model and has no remote, but it's fairly cheap and we can buy a universal remote.

What do you think?     I look forward to your comments.
I also look forward to seeing what others link up this week.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Squidoo Hopping--Plugging Along

Admittedly, I've not been in squidoo much this past week.  I did just a few minor updates to a few lenses.  I checked for comments.  Mostly, I was checking in to see if any of my lenses have been locked or marked.  So far none have, but that may only be because they haven't gotten to the giants yet?

I have loads of lenses that as I see them need major overhauls.   (I'm not keeping up with any of my online projects except bubblews these days)

I'm going to leave it to your choice which 1 or 2 lenses you would like to share in the linky this week.
Also please share any blog posts you have written about squidoo.

Comment if you have had experience with this second filter!   Thanks! 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WIP Wednesday 5/22/13

I skipped posting last week.  I just didn't feel like I had made enough progress to post.
I did finish making all of those plastic canvas coasters (61 in all):
I then spent a few days working on making dish scrubbies.  I plan on setting up at the monthly flea market on June 2.  I'm working to fill my jar of scrubbies for sale.   I stopped on those and started working on a toothbrush rug.  It's been awhile since I've made one and they are fun.  This one is made in brighter colored material that I've been saving in a box.  I finally felt like I had enough strips in my box to complete a rug.  This is what it looks like so far, and I am loving the bright colors!
Last week I attended the Needlers group at the quilt shop and worked again on my applique bunnies.  I only get a bit done in those 2 or 3 hours, so not worthy of a photo each time.  However, I should be meeting with my stitch group monthly now too and progress further on those.
The Friday before was Sit n' Sew at the quilt shop.  I hadn't worked on on these blocks with the rectangles for a time.  I had 20 blocks made and I made 20 more that Friday night.  As of right now I doubt I will work on these except this once a month.  Looking at the box I'm sure I can make at least another 20 blocks.  I will make as many as I can and then decide what all I can make with them.
Last but not least, I worked more on the birthday pillowcases.   I have just the one completely done, and it's for Skyler, who has the first birthday on May 29.  I have 9 more to complete and all they need to be completed is that I am zig-zagging around the names.  The next 2 birthdays are June 1 and June 5, so those 2 are up next to finish.  Won't take me long to finish them all.

My days have been so crazy.....I don't really see that slowing down any with all the things I do outside the home as well as trying to keep up the home (which I am sucking at right now) and all the things that I  do on the computer.
I really need a schedule, even for days that I am away from home most all day!

Until next week, I am linking up with:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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