Five Frugal Things

by Katy on February 18, 2020 · 70 comments

  1. I sold five items on eBay this week, although none were high dollar sales. Three of the five sales were items that I’d listed at least six months ago, so it was a good lesson in “list it and forget it.” It’s great when things that I list sell immediately, but that’s rarely the case.

    However, I haven’t been listing much new stuff lately, so I have no one to blame but myself.

    Here is what sold:

    • A $12 Danish wooden troll figurine.
    • A $12 framed print .
    • An $18 mini Land’s End canvas tote.
    • A $50 vintage rotary telephone.
    • A $50 miniature Edward Gorey book.

    I took myself on a couple of Goodwill trips and did pick up some new inventory, which’ll hopefully generate some sales.

  2. I spent a full evening completely reorganizing our coat closet. This “closet” is actually just a spot underneath the staircase that a previous owner walled in, so it doesn’t actually have a door. This means that all contents, haphazard or otherwise are always 100% visible.

    I’ve come to the realization that I live with a cult of coat worshippers.

    However . . .

    • I gave away four jackets and a pair of winter boots through my Buy Nothing group.
    • I put a nice hat, a scarf and gloves into the donation box at the library.
    • I took a torn up pair of indoor soccer shoes to the recycle box at the Nike store, where they’ll be shredded for reuse.
    • I threw away a literal moth eaten scarf.
    • I gave one REI fleece jacket to Goodwill, which no one had wanted in the Buy Nothing group.
    • I threw away one cheap canvas tote bag, which glowed yellow under a black light. (Damn cats!)

    I didn’t need to buy any “closet organizing” products, I simply needed to decrease the number of things within the closet. A good lesson in how you don’t need to organize that which you don’t own.

  3. I brought home a large bag of grubby looking but high-end ski gloves that a neighbor had put out in a free box. I gave them a good wash and will list them on eBay to find new homes. I’m guessing that I’ll make a hundred dollars or so from my efforts.

  4. I finished reading a library copy of The Island of Sea Women and immediately put another one of the author’s books on hold, I spent at least three hours weeding and thinning out the jungle of our front yard yesterday; and enjoyed that every single one of my plants are starts from friends, I assembled a huge pot of chili that incorporated two containers of scratch cooked black beans and the last scrapings from a jar of pasta sauce, I got together with my friend Lise for a free-coffee-from-Ikea work date, I redeemed a coupon for a free big salad from Mod Pizza, (they had a promotion where each salad purchased in January earned you a free salad in February) and I cleaned out the interior of my car using nothing but water, a squirt of dish soap and a tremendous amount of elbow grease.

  5. I didn’t buy a Lear Jet or a vulgar gold-plated apartment in the sky.

Now your turn. What frugal things have you been up to?

Katy Wolk-Stanley    

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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Five Frugal Things

by Katy on February 8, 2020 · 87 comments

  1. I sold a few items, mainly on Facebook Marketplace as most items would be tricky to mail. This included a midcentury end table from the Albany, Oregon Goodwill, (my current favorite Goodwill location!) a delightfully groovy vintage lamp, a midcentury footstool and a faux-wood piece of wall art shaped like a big ol’ bonsai tree.

    The footstool was a $3.99 Goodwill find that I reupholstered, (ha!) by stapling on a rectangle of red velvet. It took an hour or so and turned a dated piece of furniture into an on-trend item that quickly found a new home. Click HERE to see the before-and-after.

    On eBay I sold five more Mary Engelbreit magazines, a length of lovely wool fabric and a pair of 1950s pink hand towels that I listed back in April. I call this “playing the long game.”

  2. I roped my friend Lise into going to Winco with me, as I was feeling unmotivated for the dull task of grocery shopping and thought a friend would help the situation. We also snuck in a quick trip to Goodwill as well as the Fubonn Asian grocery store.

    I thanked her by driving us through Best Baguette for their egg, cheese and avocado croissant sandwiches, which are what I’m currently craving morning, noon and night. Great . . . now I’m craving them again!

    I’m not really a “let’s meet up for drinks” kind of friend. Want to be my friend? You’ve been warned!

  3. The tailgate handle on our Prius had been broken for a couple months, which was an annoyance but wasn’t affecting the functionality of the vehicle. My husband ordered the $73 replacement part, which then sat for a couple weeks until he found a time when he wasn’t working/it wasn’t raining/he could force himself to install it. These factors finally coalesced a few days ago, and we can finally open up the back of the car again.

    I don’t know how much it would have cost to hire a mechanic, but I’m sure we saved at least $100. Whether it’s darning a sock, cooking from scratch or doing minor home and car repairs, we save thousands of dollars per year by choosing to hire out as little as possible.

  4. I finished one library book and started another, I binge watched the new season of Shrill through my friend Lisa’s Hulu account, my mom washed my daughter’s huge comforter for us in her large-capacity machine, (I then thanked her by inviting her and my step father over for a burrito-buffet night) I thrifted two more glass bottles, (with lids!) for our Soda Stream, a blog reader gave me a mostly full container of laundry detergent that didn’t work in her machine and we lent our Sawzall to our neighbor, with whom we have a symbiotic moochy relationship.

  5. I didn’t buy a Lear Jet or a vulgar gold-plated apartment in the sky.

Now your turn. What frugal things have you been up to?

Katy Wolk-Stanley    

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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Five Frugal Things

by Katy on February 1, 2020 · 76 comments

  1. I sold a few things here and there through eBay, including a pair of Starbucks mugs, a Mary Engelbreit magazine, (I used to subscribe, and have been slowly selling them off) a Jonathan Adler holiday ornament, a baboon puppet, some pretty midcentury-style Japanese fabric and a long sleeve merino wool shirt that was gathering dust in the back of my dresser. I also sold a cool vintage chair through Facebook Marketplace a mere 18 hours after snagging it at Goodwill.

    No single sale will make you green with envy, but it still added up to a tidy little amount.

  2. My fridge was overly full of perishable food that fell under the unfortunate category of “ingredients” rather than “grab-n-go,” so I dedicated an evening to assembling meals out of available supplies. I managed to pull together a ginormous pot of chicken soup, as well as pans of enchiladas and twice-baked potatoes. It probably took an hour or so of hands on work, and we’ve been enjoying the meals ever since.

    I love it when past Katy does favors for present day Katy. Not only did this save me from the daily drama of “Blarg, what’s for dinner?!” but it helped us avoid the temptation to get takeout or make unnecessary grocery store trips.

    I’m not someone who loves to cook, so I pat myself on the back for even a modicum of extra effort.

  3. My college pal Maura and and I hit up a Vancouver, Washington Goodwill that neither of us had been to. I snagged the aforementioned vintage chair as well as a midcentury footstool with dynamite brass-footed tapered wooden legs. Total cost? $12.98!

    I think of the drive to Vancouver as being a big ol’ schlep, but it actually took just 25 minutes. We went to the Orchards location at 14201 N.E. Fourth Plan blvd, which was amazing. Super clean and organized!

    Afterwards Maura and I caravanned to her new house where she fed me lunch with multiple cups of coffee. January/February in the Pacific Northwest is super dreary, so anything we can do to brighten our days is an accomplishment. Seasonal Affective Disorder is no joke.

  4. I dropped off library books right before they were overdue and picked up a book that I’d put on hold, my friend Kristen from The Frugal Girl mailed me a book she thought I’d like, my son came home for the weekend and we’re feeding him homemade meals rather than using it as an excuse to eat out, I met with a city official to determine whether our property qualified for a free rain garden, (it didn’t) and I put all the Star Trek: The Next Generation movies on hold at the library to help put the Picard show in better context.

  5. I didn’t buy a Lear Jet or a vulgar gold-plated apartment in the sky.

Now your turn. What frugal things have you been up to?

Katy Wolk-Stanley    

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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Mugging For Goodwill

by Katy on January 27, 2020 · 42 comments

If there’s one thing that ties all the Goodwills together, it’s their groaning shelves of mugs. New mugs, old mugs, all kinds of mugs. Of course, me being the massive weirdo that I am, I’m not interested in any genteel attractive mugs like this hand painted specimen.

Perfect condition, lovely respectable saucer. If this mug were a car, it would be a Bentley.

Unlike this mug, which could more accurately be compared to a Yugo that’s 30% Bondo. Oh, who am I kidding? This mug is the best! Hilarious with a kick of functionality.

But there are an endless number of mugs, enough that I frequently come across personalized mugs with my very own name.

This one perfect encapsulates how I like to drink hot coffee and sit waaaaay too close to the TV.

Nailed it!

Then again, this mug might be the better one for me. My feline forward texts might read a little something like this:

“Meow, meow, meow, please stop peeing on my couch meow meow!”

Maybe I should cut down on my caffeine intake. Perhaps just half a cup?

As an RN, I know that caffeine suppresses your anti-diuretic hormone, which can lead to an increased number of bathroom trips.

There’s a mug for that!

But Goodwill mugs aren’t just for me, they’re for all members of the family — brothers, sisters, cousins, parents, grandparents, nephews, great uncles, and of course . . . “Maw.”

What about these unusual mugs? They look cool, right?

Wrong! This is a trick question. These “mugs” are actually neti pots, which are used to physically clear your sinuses. I see these ALL THE TIME shelved with mugs. They are neither mugs, nor are they tiny tea pots. They are for sticking up your nostrils.

Not a mug. Not. A. Mug!

But my very favorite kind of mug is a “Best Mom” mug, which are more common than you’d think. (Especially since you know each one of these had to be snuck of the house during nap time.)

Why do I take selfies with these mugs? Because I enjoy trolling my kids.

Text from mom?

“Sigh . . . she’s sent me another ‘Best Mom’ photo.”

Because that’s what the best moms do.

This oddball assortment of mugs might not slot into your personal aesthetic, but Goodwills offer every type of mug imaginable. The over-manufacture of consumer goods is a massive environmental issue, but when you choose to buy used, you avoid playing into this non-sustainable cycle.

Buying used = good!

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to learn more about the important services that they provide for our community.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

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Five Frugal Things

by Katy on January 23, 2020 · 74 comments

  1. After a frightening eBay dry spell, my sales have once again woken from their winter slumber. (Because if no one is buying the random crap inventory I’ve piled into the corner of my spare bedroom, that demotes me from “cool af reseller” to “pathetic hoarder!”)

    Last week I sold just two items for $7.50 apiece. However, yesterday and today have been much more on track as I’ve sold a $80 Dungeons and Dragons game, a $75 collection of wresting action figures, a $17 pair of Birkenstocks and a $35 set of Yakima bike rack parts. Selling one item doesn’t increase chances that another will sell, (you can see that my merchandise is wholly unrelated) but it’s still uplifting to wake up to eBay’s cha-chings.

    $207 > $15

  2. My 24-year-old daughter recently mentioned that her vision had changed, so we made an appointment for an eye exam. I chose Costco, as their vision center charges just $95 for a full exam, and they give you precisely zero guff about handing over your prescription, (including pupillary distance) to order from online retailers such as Zenni Optical.

    My kids have ordered Zenni’s inexpensive glasses through the years without any issues. And since their glasses start at $6.95, it’s a huge savings potential! I even convinced my myopic sister to order a backup pair from them recently, even though she was highly skeptical, (she’s worn glasses since she was a kid, so she’s very serious about quality.) She ended up loving her Zenni glasses so much, that she demoted her Warby Parker glasses to “backup.”

    I didn’t tell my daughter that she had to pick from their selection of $15 frames, yet she did.

  3. I needed to replace the belt on my 18-year-old GE vacuum cleaner. (Go, Bessie!) The last ones I’d purchased, (a rare Amazon buy) were too tight and near to impossible to install. Not too surprisingly, they snapped apart almost immediately.

    I’m trying my hardest to avoid the convenience and ease of shopping on Amazon, so I clicked on over to eBay and found an independent seller who had what I needed. Sure, I’ll have to wait until next week for delivery, but I feel content that I made the ethical choice.

  4. I shopped at Winco and remembered to use a $20 gift card that my friend gave me as a thank you for walking her dog, I’ve begun to winnow down my pile of socks to be darned, I started reading a library copy of Kate Morton’s The Lake House, I stopped into Goodwill and picked up a $1.99 Jonathan Adler ceramic dove ornament, (his brand sells very well for me on eBay) I sewed a benign patch over an expensive winter coat’s company logo for my husband, my family finished rewatching library blu-rays of all the Harry Potter movies and my husband was given an almost new pair of skis from one friend and a pair of bindings from another and is spending the day skiing with a discount pass.

  5. I didn’t buy a Lear Jet or a vulgar gold-plated apartment in the sky.

Now your turn. What frugal things have you been up to?

Katy Wolk-Stanley    

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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Five Frugal Things

by Katy on January 17, 2020 · 68 comments

  1. I haven’t sold much, although I did sell a Wells Fargo zipper pouch, a vintage pin, a pair of Polish pottery mugs, a bag of Pendleton wool remnant pieces and a set of high-end bike fenders. I did put together a couple of new eBay listings yesterday, including a Pendleton Wool blanket that I picked up for just $14.99, (thank you Goodwill!) and a two-pound bag of Pendleton wool remnants. And why yes . . . Pendleton is a local company!

  2. I picked up a soggy knit cap in a parking lot, which I promptly brought home to launder. It cleaned up beautifully, so I brought it over to my local library for their donation box. I often come across lost or abandoned garments, which usually need nothing more than a rinse and a wash to come back to usefulness.

    We live in a throwaway society, (which includes people cycling through buying and donating in order to make room for new stuff) which motivates my ongoing decision to buy nothing new. Twelve years so far, baby!

  3. Portland, Oregon has started requiring stores to charge a nickel per bag, which means that I’m now saving 5¢ – 30¢ whenever I grocery shop. I’ve been bringing my own bags for years, and always have a reusable one in my purse. (A large nylon bag that folds into its own tiny pouch.)

  4. I finished reading one library book, (The Distant Hours, by Kate Morton) and then started another, (Wunderland, by Jennifer Cody Epstein) I put together a huge pot of cheap af black bean soup one evening using my Instant Pot, (even though I was mortally exhausted and wanted nothing more than to nap on the couch!) I snagged $1 bags of both limes and green peppers from the Fred Meyer (Kroger) markdown shelf, I located a free sample of weather proofing goo to rub into my winter boots, (where it came from, I’ll never know) I listened to the audiobook of Gaby Dunn’s Bad With Money, through the library’s Libby app, my friend Lise treated me to a cup of coffee and I took an overnight trip using my Diane Von Furstenberg suitcase that I pulled out of a Westchester County Goodwill dumpster.

  5. I didn’t buy a Lear Jet or a vulgar gold-plated apartment in the sky.

Now your turn. What frugal things have you been up to?

Katy Wolk-Stanley    

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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Five Frugal Things

by Katy on January 9, 2020 · 88 comments

  1. I sold a few things including a Scottish wool blanket from the Goodwill “bins,” a pair of Ilse Jacobsen sneakers, a Jonathan Adler mirror, a pair of free box Ugg slippers, a Calphalon skillet and a package of under-eye football stickers. (I picked up around 40 packages of these college branded packets at the Albany Goodwill for around $9.) I have a few Facebook Marketplace items that people are messaging me about, but I know from experience to not count my chickens before they hatch.

  2. I gave away a set of twin XL flannel sheets, a honkin’ huge bag of working Christmas lights and a certain item that I can’t specify, (umm . . . it was a birthday gift) through my neighborhood’s Buy Nothing Group.

    I highly recommend that you click the above link to learn if your local neighborhood has its own buy nothing group. They’re an amazing way to skirt the traditional consumer experience — just neighbors strengthening bonds by gifting wanted and needed things to one another. Sorry, Jeff Bezos.

  3. I continue on my Extreme Frugal January™ and cooked up a pot of makeshift Tuscan white bean soup. I used a couple cans of cannelloni white beans, (50¢ apiece from the Grocery Outlet) the last of a bag of baby carrots and some leftover carmelized onions. I added kale at the very end and called it good. Which it was.

  4. I picked up a $2.99 luxe looking box of chocolates as a thank you for my mail carrier who makes extra trips to my house to scan my eBay packages, I spent a few days walking my friend’s dog while she was out of town, I started reading The Distant Hours from the library, I picked up five loaves of normally expensive bread at the Franz Outlet for a buck apiece, I bought a six-foot long iPhone charger from Goodwill for $4.99, (the Target packaging was damaged) and my $3 peace lily is growing a new flower, which is an accomplishment as all the previous flowers had shriveled up after the plant was transplanted.

  5. I didn’t buy a Lear Jet or a vulgar gold-plated apartment in the sky.

Now your turn. What frugal things have you been up to?

Katy Wolk-Stanley    

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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Five Frugal Things

by Katy on January 1, 2020 · 113 comments

  1. Although I did earn some money since publishing my last blog post, it’s still been a financially lopsided month for us. My son’s college tuition was due January 1st, which coincided with the renewal of my nursing license, an unexpected car repair, leftover physical therapy bills from my husband’s foot surgery, our semi-annual garbage bill and a few other miscellaneous bills that added up to a nasty wallop to end the decade.

    January is going to be ridiculously lean, but we’ll pull through as we always do. My husband and I are both A-okay with dirt and buttons rice and beans, if it supports the big picture of a debt-free lifestyle. My birthday is coming up this weekend, and I already have a zero-spend “Birthday day of Adventures” planned out for us.

    In a perverse way I’m looking forward to the challenge of spending almost nothing while earning as much as possible. Okay, January . . . bring it on!

  2. I did sell a few things including the above silver sugar and creamer set that I sourced from a post-garage sale free box, a Steinbach wooden Christmas ornament and a free box Jerry Garcia CD. (Yes, my inventory is haphazard!)

    I sold the silver set for $100, (I accepted an offer from the buyer) but since I simultaneously wrote out a check for $95 for the unglamorous expense of “garbage service,” I consider this to fall under the umbrella of “it sometimes sucks to be an adult.”

  3. I logged onto my library’s website at 12:01 on New Year’s Day, as I knew their cultural passes would reload. I was able to reserve double admission for both the Portland Art Museum and The Japanese Gardens, that my husband and I can enjoy later in the year. The two sets of tickets will save us $74 and will be something fun to look forward to.

    I encourage you to check and see if your library system offers similar cultural passes to their patrons.

  4. I hosted a family post-Christmas gathering using food I already had on hand, I lit candles on every single night of Chanukah with candles that I thrifted from Goodwill, I began reupholstering a cute thrifted midcentury stool, I agreed to watch a friend’s dog while she’s out of town for a few days, I accepted a lunch out with my father, I watched two library movies, (and read one library book) I’ve been really successful with not letting leftovers go to waste and I somehow survived hosting a Japanese exchange student without letting our budget go to pot.

  5. I didn’t buy a Lear Jet or a vulgar gold-plated apartment in the sky.

Now your turn. What frugal things have you been up to?

Katy Wolk-Stanley    

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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Five Frugal Things

by Katy on December 27, 2019 · 65 comments

  1. Christmas came and went, although Chanukah lingers on in our home. We don’t do Chanukah gifts, as I long ago gave my kids the choice to either receive gifts on one holiday or the other, but not both. They chose Christmas. However, we do still light candles, (I snap up menorah candles whenever I find them at Goodwill) we play an obligatory game of dreidel and then fry up an oily batch of latkes.

    We kept Christmas pretty simple this year, with minimal gifts and few, (okay, no) complicated meals or overwrought activities. Two, (yes, two!) Harry Potter library DVDs were watched, one takeout Chinese meal was brought by my generous mother and step father and a single nap was taken by yours truly.

    Gifts were all either thrifted, edible or straight up cash.

  2. I did stop into the Goodwill Outlet “bins” on Christmas Eve, as I felt my gifts for the kids were a bit too light. I picked up a lovely winter scarf for my daughter as well as a plaid flannel shirt for my son. I roped my mother into joining me, (by the way that “rope” is the thinnest of gossamer threads, as she is a nanosecond from hitting the bins at any given moment.) I also bought a couple items for resale which I quickly listed on eBay.

  3. I woke up yesterday to a text from my friend Lise informing me of a shared neighbor’s free pile. I walked over to “shop” and carried home a midcentury nightstand and then back for a vintage patio chair. The nightstand needed a bit of a cleaning, but I ended up selling it through Facebook Marketplace before the sun went down. (I may have underpriced it at $40, as I had four people who all wanted to buy it.) Maybe five hours elapsed between strolling over to the free pile and having that sweet cash in hand.

    The vintage patio chair is one of those 1980s-era white grid stacking chairs that were all the rage when I was in high school. However, this one is the actual Italian “Emu Rio” chair, while most others were knockoffs. They sell for $80-$100 apiece online, so I listed mine for $50. No interest so far, but that’s okay. I’m patient.

  4. I served a dinner tonight where each person ate an entirely different meal, which quite nicely helped to A) clean out the fridge, and B) avoid food waste, I dropped off books at the library and then picked out new ones, we played the dreidel game using my collection of random foreign coins instead of chocolates, we took advantage of the free McNuggets deal as the Blazers basketball team scored over 100 points, (we actually did this two days in a row as our Japanese exchange student mentioned how he missed McDonalds, specifically nuggets) my husband received a hand-me-down pair of expensive skis from a co-worker, I borrowed my neighbor’s fondue pot and she borrowed my insulated casserole carrier, (mutual moochiness for the win!) and my son watched The Mandalorian through a friend’s Disney+ account.

    I sold the midcentury nightstand, a midcentury-style wall clock, a vintage camera, a pair of Nikes, a wooden Parcheesi board game, a Starbucks tumbler, a rhinestone bracelet, a pair of slippers and a vintage Putz-style ornament.

  5. I didn’t buy a Lear Jet or a vulgar gold-plated apartment in the sky.

Now your turn. What frugal things have you been up to?

Katy Wolk-Stanley    

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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Five Frugal Things

by Katy on December 17, 2019 · 70 comments

 

  1. I sold a few things including a coffee table, a Persian rug, some oversized Fiestaware mugs, a cute tweed flat cap, a vintage rotary phone, and a “Miller Lite” holiday scarf. Not great sales, but still steady. I have a number of $100+ items up on eBay that have decent number of watchers, so I expect them to sell in the near future. Until then I’ll have to be content with a steady dribble of $25-$50 sales.

  2. I’ve mostly been lying low lately. Portland weather doesn’t invite outdoor adventures, and I swear that it’s getting dark earlier than in years past. (Is it three o’clock? Time to turn on the porch light!) However, this has translated into many homemade meals and a minimum of spending opportunities. (I rarely if ever online shop.) Picture me on the couch with a library book and you’re 3/4 of the way there. Hunkering down at home = very frugal.

  3. I need to make sure that we’re ready for the holiday gift giving season in a way that allows us to cover our son’s college tuition/pay the mortgage/renew my nursing license/pay our son’s rent/etc . . . . I’ll be raiding my eBay stash for a few gifts, regifting some treats and then picking up a few things from Goodwill. I still haven’t figured out anchor gifts for my 21 and 24-year-old kids, but am trying to take deep breaths and remember that this will all be over soon.

  4. I’ve been both reading and listening to library books, (see above) I picked up a new living room rug for $40, which allowed me to sell the one in our spare bedroom one for $160, my husband continues to bring bubble wrap home from work for my packages, (I joke that bubble wrap is my “love language”) and I once again put up my garbage picked artificial Christmas tree.

  5. I didn’t buy a Lear Jet or a vulgar gold-plated apartment in the sky.

Now your turn. What frugal things have you been up to?

Katy Wolk-Stanley    

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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