Practicing Frugal Daily: Sewing, Mending and More

Join me as I share what I have recently done that was frugal, not so frugal or even a frugal flop. I want you, my readers, to join in and comment on what you did that was frugal, not so frugal or just a plain frugal flop. Even if it was nothing but cutting the end of a tube off or rinsing the fabric softener bottle with water to get all the softener (yes I do that), it’s worth mentioning.

There’s a chance that you or I do something that others have not thought about. There’s a chance that we can learn from each other’s flops as well.  It can be a fun filled learning experience for us all.

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The past couple of days I have been putting my purely non-professional sewing skills to work.  No I’m not highly trained or highly skilled, but I manage to get things done.  I definitely wouldn’t be able to sell any of my works, but I can make our clothes last a little longer, saving them from being cut up to rags or being discarded, and saving my wallet from buying more.

sewing & mending

The other day we were getting ready to go somewhere and K found a small tear in the armpit of one of her shirts, knowing she really wanted to wear it right away; I grabbed some thread and a needle and fixed it right up in less than 5  minutes.  This quick fix reminded me that I had a few other things to fix and a skirt I wanted to make for K.

The Last Princess has 2 pairs of yoga pants that have an extra-large waist, requiring them to be rolled a couple times to even make them look like they fit.  Since she has gotten a bit taller, rolling them leaves them a tad bit on the short side.  So I tackled these babies in hopes of making the waist smaller.

Keep in mind that I am not a seamstress and my way of getting things done does not involve ripping out seams or taking things apart.

I stitched the waistband on the yoga pants up 1/2 an inch on both sides, trimmed the excess and then ended up with a bit of a bump or overhang on the bottom portion of the pants.  Knowing this could be a tad bit oncomfortable as well as the funny look it gives the pants, I decided to make things right.

altering waist

No problem, I just marked and measured both sides, ran the sewing machine across them both, cut the excess and voila!  I think they turned out great.

yoga pants

The Last Princess is already wearing one pair and says they fit great!

Big Girl had been waiting forever for me to fix a pair of her “pretty” jeans.  To be honest, I was a little worried about how I was going to fix these jeans as they ripped real close to the seam on the seat.  If they had ripped anywhere else they might work right in with fashion, but this rip requires a fix.

ripped jeans

I finally decided to fix them the old fashioned way with patches and my iron.  Knowing that the patches will not stick long, I added a small zig zag topstitch in a dark thread all the way around the ripped area. I left the ragged threads to cover the patch and make everything stay dark. I then ran my sewing machine across the ragged thread area in a couple different places to help hold the ragged threads in place.  Told you I’m no professional!  I do see a need though and manage to get it done.

patching jeans

ripped jeans fix

The jeans look pretty darn good if I might say so myself.  I didn’t expect them to look perfect, but maybe now that the ripped area is camouflaged a bit, it will be fine.  I know Big Girl will be glad to get them back.  They were practically brand new when they ripped.

She will also be getting her sweatshirt back that had a small rip in it.  I just put a few stitches in it by hand.

My last project was to make a maxi skirt for K following this Girls Knit Maxi Skirt Tutorial.  I will say the tutorial is great, but my mind couldn’t process the instructions for folding the fabric in four and cutting.  So I just folded twice and cut the normal size.  I guess it was from having worked the night before, but I couldn’t figure out how it was going to work for me, without wasting a bunch of fabric.  Call me simple or ….. just tired.

K is really happy to get her new skirt, and it will be adorable with a black or blue top and her black boots.

Aside from all the mending and sewing, I also managed to keep the refrigerator clear of leftovers, pack my meal for at work and made a great homemade pancake mix (I added blueberries of course).  We have also cooked all our meals at home this week except one inexpensive lunch we ate out after an appointment.

I have also printed quite a few new coupons for my next few grocery shopping trips. Don’t forget I have a premanent link on my menu bar for printable coupons.  Using this link helps support this blog.

Now we are in the process of gathering all the unwanted and unused items hanging around here for a yard sale we are having Saturday.  I didn’t really want to have the sale, but the girls want to have it to make a purchase together, so here we go.  It will be a great way to clean things out a bit.

What frugal things are you doing?

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Practicing Frugal Daily: Rags, Buttons & Leftovers

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There’s a chance that you or I do something that others have not thought about. There’s a chance that we can learn from each other’s flops as well.  It can be a fun filled learning experience for us all.

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It seems like I am finally getting started on some things that have been shoved aside around here lately.  October proved to be a busy month and now it’s time to catch up from it all.  Before I know it, Christmas will be here.

I’m not too sure we were very frugal in October.  I know we ate out far too much, but we spent several days and nights away from home.  I could have planned a little better for meals while we were gone, but it just didn’t work out that way all the time.  I will do better.

Yesterday I cut up some old stained and worn shirts into rags.  I was able to get quite a few rags for my rag drawer as well as a few buttons for my button jar.

We have also eaten leftovers for two meals this week, which saved me from cooking two nights as well as keeping the food from being wasted.  Leftovers are a great way to save money in the grocery budget, so we welcome them anytime.

I’m weighing the thought of a yard sale.  My girls wanted to have one to save up money for a metal detector, but time is a big issue here.  We would need to have it next weekend and I am not sure we are ready yet.  I’m not even sure we have enough stuff to justify a yard sale although we do have quite a bit and I don’t want to keep it hanging around here.  So if we don’t have a sale, many of the items will get donated.  So I’m torn.

What would you do about the yard sale?  Have it or donate it?  Why?

What frugal things have you been up to?

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Practicing Frugal Daily: Getting Things Done

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There’s a chance that you or I do something that others have not thought about. There’s a chance that we can learn from each others flops as well.  It can be a fun filled learning experience for us all.

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It’s been a little while since I have done a Practicing Frugal Daily post and I’m really sorry about that.  It seems it has taken me a little while to get back into the swing of things after our great vacation.

In the past few days I have been working on a lot of frugal ways.  I have accomplished quite a bit to include:

  1. Freezer cooking (a post to come soon).
  2. Selling on ebay.
  3. Buying school materials on ebay.
  4. Making lists to keep up with what is needed.
  5. Staying home.
  6. Numerous other little things like cutting the ends off my face wash tube, completely rinsing out the detergent bottle and so much more that I cannot remember right now.

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Practicing Frugal Daily: Freezer Cooking & Blackberries

Join me as I share what I have recently done that was frugal, not so frugal or even a frugal flop. I want you, my readers, to join in and comment on what you did that was frugal, not so frugal or just a plain frugal flop. Even if it was nothing but cutting the end of a tube off or rinsing the fabric softener bottle with water to get all the softener (yes I do that), it’s worth mentioning.

There’s a chance that you or I do something that others have not thought about. There’s a chance that we can learn from each others flops as well.  It can be a fun filled learning experience for us all.

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I have had this Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole recipe on my “things I want to try list” for quite a while.  I finally managed to try the recipe out on the family a couple weeks ago.  I originally just cut it in half and we ate on it for a couple of days.  It is a really tasty quick and easy dish, especially if you make the whole recipe and put some in the freezer for later.  This is a great freezer cooking recipe and I am so excited to have some of it in my freezer.  Having some meals in the freezer makes those busy nights much easier.

chicken broccoli rice casserole

If you want to try some freezer cooking check out these posts:

Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon we managed to get down the road and pick some of the blackberries that grow around here in the wild.  Can you say free fruit?  We will eat many of them and I will also try to freeze some and make jelly/jam.

blackberries

I don’t think I have a frugal flop to share for the last few days.

How about you?  What are you doing that’s frugal, not so frugal or a just plain frugal flop?  

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Practicing Frugal Daily: Busy but Frugal

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There’s a chance that you or I do something that others have not thought about. There’s a chance that we can learn from each others flops as well.  It can be a fun filled learning experience for us all.

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What was I thinking?  I scheduled myself for 4 – 12 hour work shifts in 7 days.  That’s not the worst of it though.  These shifts contain a mixture of days and nights!  Yes, my want for vacation money overruled my brain.  Needless to say, I haven’t accomplished much more this week than a load of laundry here and there.

I have managed to be frugal in the last several days.

I also have a frugal flop.

Let’s get right to that flop then.  I recently mentioned that I had planted perennial plant seeds for my flower garden bed.  I must admit that they really didn’t work out so well.  I forgot to water the peat pots on a few occassions and some of the seeds never came up.  So I gave up.  I had more pots to try again, but I figured I would only get the same results with the crazy schedule I am keeping here lately.  I think I am just going to plant the rest of the seeds directly in the flower bed after I weed it.

Now on to the frugal things that worked out!

We are still saving on babysitting since big girl comes home and watches her sisters on the days I work, and hubby and I pass each other in the drive on the nights I work.  It can be hard not seeing each other for a couple days, but it’s working for us right now and I feel blessed to be able to work a little extra in the summer.

TSC Flip Flop Day

Last week we visited Tropical Smoothie Cafe for National Flip Flop Day while we were out deal and grocery shopping.  The free smoothies were great!  Truth is we had never visited Tropical Smoothie before Big Girl started working at one, but I am hooked now.

The morning we went deal and grocery shopping, we stopped at some yard sales on the way.  I was able to get some really great deals on designer clothes for the two big girls.  I spent $15 on at least $170 worth of clothes in excellent condition.  Gotta love that!

I recently found the seem coming apart in two different places on my scrub top.  I mended these seems with needle and thread, saving the top for a while longer.  I “hate” having to buy clothes for work, so I try to make them work for as long as I can.  Since I work part-time (usually 4 – 12 hour shifts a month), I keep one set of scrubs.  I really have no need for more.

Big K had a softball tournament about 2 1/2 hours from our home.  The good news is that the park is about 2-3 miles from my parents house.  We were able to go up the night before and stay the night after the tournament.  Not only that, we got a nice visit in.

We also packed lunch meat, dip, chips and water to eat for lunch while at the tournament.

So thankfully, even though we have been pretty busy around here, we have manged to remain fairly frugal…..and that makes me happy!

So do you have any frugal, not so frugal or frugal flop stories to tell?  We would love for you to share.  

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Practicing Frugal Daily: Ice Cream, Berries, Car Parts and Catching Up

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There’s a chance that you or I do something that others have not thought about. It can be a fun filled learning experience for us all.

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This week hasn’t gone anything like I had envisioned it would when I was planning out my goals for the week.  I really hate when that happens, but I can promise I do not let it stress me out like I used to.

Now don’t get me wrong, I hate being “behind”, but it happens.  I just try to pick up where things are left off, say no to some things, and work on getting things done.  Although some times you just need a break.

Monday I woke up ready to write blog posts for Monday and Tuesday only to have the power go out on me.  The house started warming up and the girls and I decided after a quick trip to Dollar General (we went low frill on groceries this week) we would jump in the pool.  I am here to tell you it was great.  The power stayed out for quite a while and we stayed in (pool) for quite a while longer :-)

So here I am after a day out with friends yesterday, working on catching up.  It’s okay though, we had a great two days of fun and today the girls are in the pool with Big girl while I get things done.  The girls have all done their share of helping get things done too, but at some point it’s nice to just let them go play.  Especially when I am writing in the middle of the day.

So on to some frugal things for the past few days.

We took our own lunch/dinner to the ballpark this past weekend.  We enjoyed blueberries, ham and turkey sandwiches, potato salad, chips, dip and cantaloupe.  We had also brought along our own filtered water and used our own ice in the cooler.

Sunday hubby and the girls made some delicious homemade ice cream while I was at work.  It was a great treat for me when I got home.

We have officially used up all the berries.  I will be telling you how next week!  Oh I wish I had more though.

Big Girl met us in Little Rock yesterday (zoo and splash pad) and when we were going to leave, we heard her small SUV making a horrendous noise.  At first I thought it was the air conditioner, but after getting it home I decided it had something to do with the cooling fan.  Hubby looked at it when he got home and said it has two fans and that one of them is wobbling and making the racket and needs to be replaced.  So this morning I got online and ordered a new cooling fan for her vehicle.  The fan was Just over $100, but I am thankful that hubby will be able to fix it.  Money saved!

We are staying home today to get things done, but I do have to go to work tonight.  I am taking quite a few more days this month to help cover our trips this summer.  I will be taking my lunch to work though.

How are you being frugal lately?  What do you do when you get behind?

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Practicing Frugal Daily: Blueberries

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Things have been steady around here as I try to work and spend quality summer time with the girls, not to mention the little projects that are going on, but we are making sure we are having fun and making memories.

That’s what it is all about.  Memories that will last a lifetime.  If the house isn’t the cleanest or there’s a large amount of dust on the tv stand (oh and there certainly is), it’s not anywhere as close to being important.

We spent the day yesterday doing something that is not frugal in the sense that we didn’t spend money, but it was frugal in the sense that it was way less money than you would spent at the store.

We went blueberry picking!  It was such fun.  So much fun that we can’t wait until their peaches are ready.

Blueberry Collage

We ended up with 23 lbs of berries for $38.40.

Last week our Kroger had 6 oz on sale for $2.49.  That would make 23 pounds cost $152.71!  So picking your own is definitely the frugal way to get berries on the freezer, besides growing your own (I planted 3 bushes this year).

The last princess managed to eat her weight in blueberries while we were picking.  I was wondering why her bucket stayed rather empty!

We had a great time and do recommend everyone visit a u-pick farm.

Hubby also fixed a tire on my SUV that was leaking and a flat tire tube on my bike.

I think that is about all for the last few days.  At least it is all I can think of right now.

I am off to make some syrup and jam.  What kind you say?

Blueberry of course.

What have you been doing in your frugal life?  Do you enjoy u-pick farms?  

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