If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......
Photo was taken around Christmas 1962 when I had just turned 5. That is my pretty mom behind me. She made the cross stitched clock on the buffet. The stocking with my name on it was made her mother and delivered to me before my first Christmas even though I was not even a week old. My apron was made by great grandmother. I come from a long line of homemakers who did stuff and got lots done.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Finances on Friday and more Mother's Day sweetness

I've missed joining in with Rebecca at Renaissance for several weeks and I don't really have a complete list but here are some highlights from the last 3 weeks or so
I found these giant cans of fruit cocktail for $2 - we mostly eat fresh fruit but canned fruit is well liked by my husband and grandchildren, these will come in handy, I am sure.
They aren't old, the can dates are use by 8/16. Not sure why they were so cheap.....

Got a free 8 by 10 print at Walgreens in one of their promotions before Mothers Day. 

My husband spotted free Tide samples at Crest Foods in Oklahoma City and got us each one. 

The weather has been frugal with mostly mild temperatures- we have run the heat a few times to warm up the house after a cool night and one weekend when it was in the 90s, the ac was needed, but for most part, no power has been used to heat or cool. 

For 2 graduations, I made cards with some graduation themed rubber stamps bought years ago, wrote nice notes and mailed them off with checks inside. It was much easier than trying to pick out gifts and get them delivered,  I think graduates like cash best anyway. 



I bought some heavy cream for Easter but did not use it then. So, a few weeks later I used it make a triple batch of freezer biscuits.  I also made 8 pie crusts for the freezer. 
In my hurrying to clean up, somehow the metal biscuit cutter with a porcelain knob screwed to the top for a handle fell into the garbage disposal. When I turned on the disposal, what a racket!  The knob broke into many pieces and one of the screws was lodged in the disposal. When my husband got home, he took off the disposal, took it apart, and pried out that screw. He had to spend about $10 on new  plumbing fittings when he reattached the disposal to the sink drain.  Thankfully, now that disposal is working good as new! 

I used $14 in CVS ECBs that were close to expiring on a second pocket hose for the backyard.  I usually roll ECBs into another deal that offers more ECBs but the recent ads have just not has things we are needing. 

Would you believe I have not been to a thrift store since my last finances on Friday post?





My daughter personalized this small insulated bag for us. When we do errands or take road trips, we always take bottles of water. This bag will hold 4 bottles.  She uses a Cameo and a Heatpress to put personalized designs on most anything and has had several sales through word of mouth and her Etsy shop.
This little book is so sweet! It has more pages but the picture shows 4 of them. 
it is one of those little gifts that will be kept and treasured always. 


My son bought a bunch of succulents and brought them over with potting soil and pots.
We had fun sitting at the picnic table and selecting which plants to put together and in which pots. He took some of the potted succulents  home and I kept some. We both think ours have already grown quite a bit. 

8 comments:

  1. What a sweet gift of both the bag and book. Great savings!

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  2. Tip from an o-o-o-ld gardener - succulents do not tolerate or like much moisture.

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  3. I got the walgreen's 8x10, too. I love their freebie deals.

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  4. A very sweet gift indeed and, for a wonderful Grandma. That shows so clearly in your blog posts Rhonda. Your mom taught you well.
    blessings, jill

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  5. Fun stuff! I'm sure you'll use up that fruit just fine!

    The biscuit cutter! Ugh. Don't you hate it when things like that happen?

    LOVE the book your grands made for you...how very sweet!

    yes...graduates want money!!! And it's so easy to do that compared to shopping!

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  6. Great deal on the fruit!

    I must say- I need to get better at making stationary and cards. I write and send mail often- I would save a lot of money to come up with a few standby card designs to use for different occasions and whip them up. There is such potential there. I guess it seems like such a miracle when I finally find a slice of time to write letters that I don't want to waste it on making the cards first- and then losing the time for writing. But I used to make handmade cards all the time and loved it- and still have many supplies for it too!

    That book is darling! How sweet!

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  7. Perspective: I came mighty near buying little 8 ounce cans of vegetarian baked beans today because they were 'just .99 a can) and then talked myself out of it...thinking of your BIG cans of fruit for $2!

    You asked about turkey bacon and sausage: I like the Fit and Active turkey bacon best (ALDI). Then I usually get Tennessee Pride Turkey Sausage Patties which are the best tasting sausage I've had to date. I like to get the Honeysuckle White in bulk to make sausage balls with. Turkey sausage is a good bit pricier than pork though, but the Aldi turkey bacon is a LOT cheaper than pork bacon so it balances out.

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  8. Well done! I always enjoy her posts as well.. :)

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