Saturday, February 28, 2015

Frugal February Week 4

During the fourth week I’m traveling with my family to Missouri for our son-in-laws graduation from the National Guard. This is the first trip we have taken in 5 years together since the kids have grown up. Only 2 are going while 2 are staying in Ohio. I’ll have to share how I travel frugally when I return.

I enjoyed Frugal February and finding ways to save money rather than spend. The first week of the month was about all the little things I do to save money by using up what I own instead of buying something. There are many ways to supplement what you want to do with things you already have available. I enjoyed my craft supplies, books, the beauty of my home, and delicious meals. In the second I spend a large amount of my time with my family. It doesn’t cost money to enjoy the company of those you love. The third week I spent organizing, purging, and cleaning to prepare for overnight company. I did a home spa day to treat myself to a little pampering. I’m going to continue into March with my frugal ways.
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Clutter Busting Challenge February 2015 Part 2

I purged 125 items this month. I took this week off since I'm in Missouri. Its nice to take a break every so often since I have been purging consistently for 4 yrs.

My purge pile:

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Clutter Busting Challenge February 2015 Part 1

Thursday, February 26, 2015

February 2015 Reading List

The Westward Christmas Brides Collection
A Christmas Prayer by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Another Christmas Story by Susan Page Davis
The Reluctant Runaway by Melanie Dobson
A Stagecoach Christmas by Cathy Liggett
Forging a Family by Vickie McDonough
Snow Song byOlivia Newport
Christmas, Maybe by Janet Spaeth
The Christmas Bread by Jennifer Rogers Spinola
Christmas Bounty by MaryLu Tyndall

Organize Now! by Jennifer Ford Berry

Living with Less: how to downsize to 100 personal possessions by Mary Lambert

Do Less: a minimalists guide to a simplifies, organized, and happy life by Rachel Jonat

You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap) by Tammy Strombel

Monday, February 23, 2015

Frugal February Week 3

This week was all about cleaning in preparation for guests coming to spend the night on Monday. We are leaving Tuesday morning on a trip to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Our son-in-law Michael is graduating from the National Guard. His parents are flying into Ohio from Maryland. They'll be stay with us over night before we all drive out together on Tuesday morning. I rewarded myself with a home Spa day at the end of the week.

I cleaned the family room.

I cleaned the bathroom and found a couple things to purge.

I organized my home spa supplies and had a Home Spa Day.

I organized my closet.

I organized and purged  the lower portion of my master bedroom china cabinet.

I organized our Bedding Storage

I cleaned my office along with organized my snack cabinet.

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Frugal February Week 1

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bedding Storage

I washed and organized all the guest bedding in storage, yesterday. I bought two bags to store the bedding in on Thursday for about $6 each at CVS. The first bag is bedding for our couch hide-a-bed in the living room. I couldn't fit the pillows into the bag but there was extra room in it. The second bag is bedding for someone to sleep on the couch. Our bedding is ready for guest and easy to get out of the closet.

I washed all the bedding in the master bedroom last Saturday. The crate is extra master bedroom bedding. I need to buy another bag for the master bedding but the store was out of stock. I don't think any of the other bedrooms have enough extra bedding to need bags. I didn't find anything to purge. I will purge bedding again once we get our youngest a bed larger than his twin, hopefully in March.

All our bedding that's not in use. I really like the bags since It keeps things together for each bed.

 The bedding for the couch hide-a-bed in the living room. I have a comforter, crochet blanket, sheet set, and two small pillow in the bag. The larger bed pillows wouldn't fit in the bag.

 The two bags of guest bedding in the closet along with the pillows.

The crate with extra master bedroom bedding and our sleeping bags. I hope to get another bag for the master bedding once the store restocks.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Home Spa Day

I got out my beauty supplies and organized them a little for my home Spa day. The bath bag I put together today with supplies that I already had. The Aveeno therapy my daughter gave me since she hadn't used much of it. I keep everything stored on a short bookshelf in my closet. 

 1. Hair basket. 2. Facial bag. 3. Bath bag. 4. Makeup case. 5. Nail bag.


Preparing for my facial.

The supplies I used was an apricot scrub and eczema therapy lotion. I plucked stay facial hairs too.

I took a nice warm shower and used a body polish. I shaved my legs since they hadn't been done since fall. LOL

I gave myself a manicure and a pedicure.

I did a hand massage with a hand butter.

I did my makeup. I used blush, eye shadow, eye liner, and mascara.

I put on a nice outfit, necklace, and perfume before my husband and I went out for dinner.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Frugal February Week 2

I'm doing this fun challenge to see how much I can do without spending money. The best thing I did this week is that I hung out with my husband and children. I played with my grandchildren. I visited 3 days this week with my dad who after 4 1/2 years in our home moved into a nursing home in December. Its been a hard 8 weeks. We had a talk and he told me that he liked it there and was fine with staying. I forgot to take a pictures because I was living in the moment.

These are just a few of the things that I did this past week:

I organized and purged our bill box and a large amount of receipts. I did the same for my dad's bills and receipts. It helps to have things organized in order to manage and save money.

My daughter Nastasja made dog biscuits for her dog and I helped a little. She used food stuff we already had in the house such as flour, water, beef bouillon cubes, pumpkin, and carrots.

I cuddled up on the couch with my hubby to watch Hallmark channel Valentine movies. We spent a nice Valentine's day at home.

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Frugal February Week 1