I have a number of random frugal things that are swimming around in my head, yet not substantial enough for an entire post. So I present to you . . . Random Frugal Stuff!
1) My friend Karen and her husband were unhappy with their decade old king-sized Tempurpedic mattress which had become saggy in areas. Instead of trashing the behemoth, Scott took a kitchen knife to the mattress and created two twin-size mattresses which work perfectly for their kids. The sagginess is a non-issue for small kids, (their small size doesn’t squish down the sponginess like adults do) and he avoided creating a huge piece of garbage. Aim the raggedy side towards the wall, and Bob’s your uncle!
2) I won a $25 gift certificate The Title Wave used library bookstore a few weeks ago. I stopped in a scooped up an armload of 25¢ Atomic Ranch magazines just for fun. (Although I live in a 1914 Craftsman-style house, I enjoy the eye candy of mid-century modern decor. Plus, it gives me ideas for what to keep an eye out for when thrifting.) I know that mid-century enthusiasts drool over this magazine, so I took a look through completed listings on eBay, and whattayaknow, these puppies sell for a pretty penny. I’ll go ahead and sell the lot and continue to pick up old copies when I come across them. Gotta pad those college accounts!
3) I am an unabashed fangirl (or fanwomyn for all my fellow Antiochians) of Daniel Kanter and his blog, Manhattan Nest. And yesterday’s The Kitchen: The Big Reveal post did not disappoint. My favorite element of his on-the-cheap-but-still-gorgeous kitchen was a humble cast iron hook:
“The hook was salvaged from another area of the room (where it had been coated with a million layers of paint and left to die). I love that I get to reuse things like this——every time I hang that apron up, I think about where that hook was hanging before and what it looked like and how happy I am to give it a second life. I’m a sap.”
You can see why that boy makes my heart melt.
And there it is . . . random frugal stuff!
Do you have any frugal stuff to add to the conversation? Please share your two cents in the comments section below.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”