- I am creating a cool bedside table for my younger son’s Christmas present. His bed is too close to the opening of his closet door for a regular bedside table, plus the heat register for the room is right there, which means anything solid would freeze his room out. However, I found a $3 lightweight stool at Goodwill that I am painting and Mod-Podging up cute for him. This will allow him to keep his books, iPod or whatever off the floor. My original thinking was to incorporate some of his artwork, but he’s been keeping his good stuff at school, so I’ll spend some time on Pinterest today to find ideas and inspiration. I was able to get the sample-sized paint for free with a Lowe’s coupon that came in a recent magazine, which was very welcome. I’ll share completed photos when it’s all done.
- The zipper on my favorite Keen boots broke the other day. (I say “favorite boots,” but they’re in fact my only boots.) I knew this was in the cards, as I’d noticed that the zipper teeth were on their last legs. Luckily my father has been re-corking his Birkenstocks since the beginning of time, so I had the recommendation of a good cobbler. (Hollywood Shoe Repair on N.E. Sandy Blvd.) I dropped the boots off on Tuesday, and they should be ready to pick up later today. The repair job will set me back $35, but I’ll get years more use from the boots, plus I get to support a great small businessman. I only own a few pair of shoes, so having even one set out of commission is a big deal. I am very excited to get my boots back!
- I served a very odd dinner last night in the name of food waste avoidance. I prepared curry shredded chicken using Trader Joe’s green curry simmer sauce (with added coconut milk to stretch it) earlier in the week, plus had a few cups of leftover rice from Tuesday night’s dinner. I combined the two and then served it over a vinaigrette-dressed salad for last night’s dinner. Everyone was kind of surprised by the combination, but it was eaten up nonetheless. I just love it when I’m able to take leftovers and combine them in new ways!
- My family usually makes a big deal out of getting our annual Christmas tree. The four of us drive out to a friend’s Christmas tree farm, wander around until we find the one and then cut it down ourselves. Unfortunately, the combination of my husband having strep throat and his work schedule meant that we were treeless pretty far into December. Luckily, Oregon is the Christmas tree growing center of the country. My younger son’s best friend lives across town, and I kept passing an empty lot that was filled with trees and featuring a sign that read “All Trees $20!” It wasn’t exactly a cutesy family event, (the seller hangs out in a trailer that looks like it wasn’t fancy enough to be featured on Breaking Bad!) but sometimes you just have to git ‘er done. The funny thing is that my husband swears this is “the best tree we’ve ever had,” and that “we’re going to leave this tree up until March!” Weirdo.
- I’ve been mailing out a lot of boxes recently due to my eBay and Etsy sales. However, always buying used means I never have boxes. Luckily, my mother is always overrun with extra boxes and packing supplies. I lighten her burden, and am able to get great free materials that would otherwise just be thrown out or recycled. Win-win!
Now your turn. What frugal things have you been up to lately?
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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