Friday, February 5, 2016
Frugal Friday: Money Saving Weekly Recap
Bright side is the kids were able to go back to school this week and made it through the entire week without a sick day (this, to me, is a good thing after last week for sure).
We have been having really bad winds this winter. We're used to wind in this part of Alaska, but it's been exceptionally windy, it seems, and at some point we learned the hard way that we had lost our chimney cap. The wind changed direction this last wind storm and started blowing out the furnace and then I realized that the chimney cap was missing. We then found out we had an oval chimney opening, not a circular one, and that's a rare thing. So, we couldn't find a replacement cap anywhere no matter who we called.
Times like this it's good to be married to a man who has skills. My husband managed to make a new chimney cap out of about 40.00 in supplies from Home Depot, using things like heating duct and things and we now have a chimney cap. Only gave me about fifty grey hairs watching him working on the roof in high winds, but he got it all on. Once he did that and tightened a loose thermal couple we haven't had a problem since. I can't imagine how much money he saved doing all of that himself.
Anyway, despite the long week and me not feeling well (I'm praying I'm not fighting off bronchitis, but I have my doubts. I'm taking my vitamins and really working on eating nutritious food right now), I was able to save money this week too.
1. I made my daughter a nightgown. I took the nightgown she loves right now, which is an old slip and made a pattern for a new nightgown on some old pattern paper one of the thrift stores was using as packaging material a while back. I kept it to use just for this purpose (seen with the dress cut out via the new "pattern" in the pic up top there) and it worked great.
Really, I was rather pleased with the results. The nightgown didn't fit the first time very well because I didn't take into consideration that the straps on her original nightgown were stretchy so the new straps were way too short, which in turn made the arm holes too small. Once I fixed that the nightgown fits well. I'll probably make it a bit looser in the sides on future nightgowns (I'll make an adjustment on the pattern), but overall, for a first attempt I thought it turned out well. I'm now working on making it just right for my daughter's birthday (I'll hopefully have more to share on that this weekend), but so far so good :).
I also made the nightgown out of materials I already had around the house, so it was free for me to make.
2. I reattached a bunch of buttons this week, mostly to my daughter's pants. Kind of surprised me how many things in the mending pile just needed a button.
3. I've kept on top of my cleaning schedule. I'm not sure how much money keeping the house truly clean is going to cost me, honestly, as I'm doing things like running a load of laundry every day, but we'll just have to wait and see. I'm hoping it doesn't cost me too much as I like having the house clean and all of the laundry caught up all the time.
4. I used up leftovers by eating them for lunch.
5. I started work on a pattern to make a new holding bag for my plastic shopping bags. I inherited one when we moved into our last home years and years ago, but the bag is just starting to plain fall apart. I'm pretty sure I can quickly construct a new one, but I want to make sure I use material that I wouldn't want to use for something else.
6. I stuck to my grocery budget this week.
7. I fixed my daughter's teddy bear as the ear was coming loose. I sewed both ears back on well while she was at school and she was very pleased when she came home to a "not wounded anymore" bear *laugh*.
8. I stuck to my efforts to lower our utilities. I kept the lights and the electric heat off during the day while the kids were at school, unplugged TV's and turned down the forced air heat. I'm hoping I'll see a real difference in the utilities after all of this effort, but we shall see.
9. I've been drinking more water. I figure it's cheaper than drinking something like lemonade and it's better for me.
10. I did the usual things of baking bread, making sure to cook all dinners at home and using up things around here that needed to be used up (more on that over the weekend too).
How did you do this week?