- My husband’s birthday gift for me is to upcycle my garbage picked five-panel door into a headboard. Yes, he’ll have to buy the crown molding for the top, but I think we pretty much already have everything else for the project. I would a million times rather receive this kind of gift than anything he could pick out from a catalog. We already got the bed frame and mattress for free, so we’ll end up with a very frugal bedroom.
- We were out all day long on Sunday. Normally the thermostat is set at 65º during the day on the weekends, but I set it down to 60º since no one was home.
- I took the last of our spiral cut ham and chopped it into small pieces. I then froze it all on a baking sheet and transferred it into a Ziplock bag. I was sick to death of ham, and wanted to make sure none of it went to waste.
- I mended the blanket on the twin bed in our spare bedroom/TV room. The fabric had become very fragile and was tearing like crazy so the rips were pretty substantial, but I was able to stitch everything back together. Does it look as good as new? Nope. But you’d have to come very close to tell that anything is up. I do need to replace this blanket, but I’m hoping take my time so I can get one for free. (Plus it gives me an excuse to watch back-to-back (to back) Netflix episodes of The Office!)
- We share garbage services with our next door neighbor. This works great for garbage and recycling, but sharing the yard debris pick up gets challenging once my monstrous maple tree does its annual leaf dump. I asked a neighbor across the street who never puts out any yard debris if I could put an extra can in front of their house, which they happily agreed to. I think I’ll do this for a few weeks until all the leaves are gone. This is far superior to paying the extra money it would cost to set out extra yard debris. It sometimes pays to have a nice relationship with your neighbors!
Now your turn. What frugal activities have you been up to?
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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