Monday, March 25, 2024

Monday Message

"Those families will be fortunate who, in the last days, have an adequate supply of food because of their foresight and ability to produce their own." (Ezra Taft Benson)

We need to keep working on getting storage and supplies.

When I was young and could go to yard sales to get needed items, I would make a list. Canning jars were always on the list as well as other things we needed...popcorn popper, soap, blender, food processor, and toaster, canners, dehydrator.

...Christmas gifts that I could clean up and fix up and have nice gifts for our girls and others, sewing supplies and fabric, knitting supplies yarn, and crochet supplies.

...School clothes and snow suits and winter coats, church clothes. Books on teaching sewing and knitting and crochet. Cookbooks, school supplies. Sheets, things that would beautify our house. Whatever I felt we needed.... And now I'm still using these things and I am sixty-eight.

Having not the money we had back then, these things are serving us very well now, because I can dry and can foods, sew my clothes and make gifts.

I worked very hard back then to take care of us now.

Thinking ahead and having a list when you go to thrift stores and yard sales helps you stay on task.

I think how much it costs to eat out. That amount of money could buy many meals for your storage.

When I would have five dollars free to spend, I might want something but I ask myself what would I had wished I had spent it on instead if we had no money?

Also, you have no idea how bad I hate gardening - utterly hate it, but I do it so we will have food to eat in our pantry. So you may stretch what is in your pantry by growing food too. You can put tomatoes in your flower beds, green beans too, things that can stretch your pantry items.

With the way things are you might like to go through your recipes and pull the cheapest ones your family likes. Get those for groceries but take the difference and use it to put in storage. I try to do this when I can.

If you get taxes back, use part to build up your storage.

Any windfalls you get, do the same.

Would it be fun to spend on fun things? Yes, but it would be better to be able to care for your family.

That said, I stocked what we needed plus nonfood items as well, but I too stocked items like when I would see basket supplies or fabric and sewing supplies and yarn and supplies.

At yard sales I would get those as well.

I accepted things that were offered to me, which this sewing machine was and still works.

Now you might be saying, but then you have to store this stuff. The answer to that is yes, hence I shift things about to make it organized. At today's prices I could not buy one cone of yarn.

So to me it was worth hanging onto things I knew I would need.

Not everyone has my interests but think what yours are. I would add my interests to the lists as well and when I saw something at a yard sale, I would buy it. Back then things were a quarter or even free box items.

I even got this serger at a yard sale though I paid ten dollars for it. As I did not know if it worked and they could not tell me, only that it was their mom's machine. I took a risk the motor worked but it wasn't threaded and I did not have four cones of thread with me as I was yard sailing. As it turned out, it works terrific! I am glad I purchased it. Was yard sailing lots of work? Yes, it was. For every one that was good there were four that weren't. But oh how blessed to have gotten what I did then.

I am grateful for things people have given me when they downsized and places like freecycle. There was a class at church one time about decorating your homes inexpensively and that was where I first heard of freecycle. The fabric in the picture was freecycle. I needed fabric and she needed to get rid of it and we helped each other. Then I was able to get this knitting machine at a yard sale...

I am still learning it, and many things, but I did take a few classes on this which helps.

That knitting machine has to have thin machine yarn. One day I was at the class and my teacher asked if I could take her to this auction house. They wanted her to purchase some used machines. So I took her. They had several but what caught my eye was cones and cones of this yarn. They got a fiber studio of stuff. They only wanted the furniture but they said all or none, so I offered to purchase all the yarn and fifty-two knitting books for a hundred dollars, which they said yes. So I ended up with a pick-up load of yarn and books and she did buy one of the machines.

These are my stories on how I have been frugal. Tell us some of your stories in the comments below.

Missy says all those knitting needles behind her came from yard sales too. She wants you to know though that she was free but her cuteness is priceless! :p

Tippy Longstockings says find joy and contentment in all you do.

Monday, March 18, 2024

Monday Message

"Can or bottle fruit and vegetables from your gardens and orchards. Learn how to preserve food through drying and possibly freezing. Make your storage a part of your budget. Store seeds and have sufficient tools on hand to do the job." (President Ezra Taft Benson)

It is time to be thinking about your gardening - whether in the ground or in pots. I saw seeds out already at the Dollar Tree.

April 1st is when I start my garden seeds inside, so that is four weeks away from the writing of this post.

I wish I could say that prices have gotten better but they have not. We need to continue to be as frugal as we can be.

I have continued to work in the sewing room getting it just so.

This ironing cart has been very useful. I recovered it from a sheet. I used the same sheet to make the little pin holder that is on the spool.

It has three canvas drawers - the big one I put all the cone thread in, then the two smaller I put patterns I am wanting to make soon, in the bottom one above it I put all the zippers in.

I put all my scrap fabric in these drawers. All yellow in one, red in another, and so forth. This made better use of these drawers and freed up all the canvas cubes.

So a huge consolidation of the sewing room has been going on.

The picture hanging up I made out of directions from an old pattern and framed it. I had both on hand when I made this.

I have been working hard getting this tended so that I can more easily find what I need and to have a better work flow. The ironing zones are on both ends of the sewing room, both to the right of the machines as I am right handed. This makes this work a lot smoother.

Years ago my mother-in-law made curtains out of white sheets and crocheted lace edging for them. I always loved them. Later she made those curtains into a bed skirt for a regular sized guest bed then gave it to me. This week, I made them into short curtains for our bedroom. I like to think she would be happy to know I made this back into curtains for our room.

That is what frugal is - we just keep using the same thing in different ways. Thinking outside the box.

One day this last week, I was having a rough morning and my husband was needing to run an errand so I grabbed some change to get a chocolate bar (only one kind - Lily's milk chocolate salted caramel, as it does not raise my blood sugar). And I thought it was a good day to do this but then I stopped into a thrift store which was next to where my husband had to go to. It was afternoon by then. I thought there would be nothing good left for the day but I was wrong. I got three gallon bags stuffed with stamping things.

Some of these things are here. There is a small wooden stamp and two ink pads that I did not have in the picture. The basket is full of things that can be used to put on cards. The other things shown I just put in envelopes I had that I use to put my stamp sets in. 

But these are what I got instead of chocolate. Not as tasty but it sure was worth the trade off. One stamp set is $25.99 out six months ago just one but there were many and die cuts too. The bags were crammed so tight I could not make out what was in them. I saw at least one thing in each of the bags that cost more than the price of the bag but I had no idea how much was in those packed bags. I could not afford even one of the items in the bags at their brand new price, so this was a very frugal find.  

I urge you to shop your thrift stores to stretch your budget. I have found buying used items to have helped us to stretch our budget.

So these are a few of the frugal things I have done this week. What frugal things have you been doing?

Missy says keep looking for ways to stretch your budget - even reusing a bag is frugal.

Tippy Longstockings says put seeds in the the dirt to grow yummies!

Monday, March 11, 2024

Monday Message

"You do not need to go into debt, may I add, to obtain a year’s supply. Plan to build up your food supply just as you would a savings account. Save a little for storage each pay-check." (President Ezra Taft Benson)

Little by little it does add up. Just develop a habit and over time you will have what you need when you need it.

Life is hard. Things keep popping up to throw you curve balls. Having things in your storage is a helpful thing.

So many are having a hard time right now. Kindness is needed more now than ever... - some great ideas. - I have seen the painted rocks and it does make me smile.

Even just being able to smile will brighten someone's day.

It does not matter what your smile looks like.

It will brighten someone else's day. You may never know how you helped but being nice to others is a huge thing.

This week I took a table runner and made it into a bobbin holder for my bobbin lace bobbins. It is working very well.

So that was my frugal thing I did as the table runner was given to me. It was very long as you can see.

What frugal thing did you do this week? We all learn from each other, so stick your tips in the comments below.

This week I wanted to make my spinning and weaving magazines easier to access. I keep them for reference and for patterns and some needed inspiration.

Putting them in the plastic bins I already had makes it so I can slide like a drawer so I can better get them in and out.

Still doing some reorganizing is helping to be more efficient

I have done a little more spinning and weaving this week. Just about to do a change in the design on the loom which I am looking forward to the next part.

My little peach tree is struggling as I transplanted it and the seed broke off. There were still roots so I am hoping it makes it. The trees are growing fast so hoping no more transplanting needs to be done but I never had seeds take so before...

I hope a few of them make it.

Missy says changing things up is a good thing. We are trying some new bags. Reorganizing is a good thing.

Tippy Longstockings says let me see if I have room in here to put some storage and you keep at it too.

Monday, March 4, 2024

Monday Message

"A cardinal principle of the gospel is to prepare for the day of scarcity. Work, industry, frugality are part of the royal order of life." (Bishop Keith B. McMullin)

At the time I was writing this, we woke up to a few inches of snow. I was rather getting use to seeing ground again..

I couldn't help myself, I needed to make these snow people just for all of you.

Today was a busy day. I made yogurt and granola then helped move computer things to my husband's studio which is where he wanted them. I was happy to help him. Then I needed to shift the living room around...

In these pics you can eye-spy Missy.

Did you know you can add water to your cream rinse, shampoo, dish soap and still get good results? Just a little tip I have been thinking about.

Okay, in writing this Tippy Longstockings said, wait, they need to eye-spy me too!

Tippy says did you find her? Wait, can you see a cat lamp?? - basic ideas.

An eye-spy interruption...

See if you can find Missy. - skill learning ideas. - this has some interesting things. - how many of these things could you check off? - look for things that can help you.

Tell us how you build a budget friendly grocery list and menus in the comments below. We all share and learn with each other.

Missy says make a frugal plan when you are making your gibble list.

Tippy Longstockings says even if you don't think you can learn a skill, just study on it. You will be surprised. She is trying to figure out how to weave with no thumbs.

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