We loaded up a bunch of scrap metal, including aluminum cans and some other aluminum, and took in our little truck with the trailer in tow. We turned in $140 worth of scrap! I was hoping for $50 or more, so I was really tickled with the results!
I found some really cute packaging for party favors for Daughter's upcoming birthday party - $1 for 12, when I only need 8. I wanted something smallish, to help keep the cost of favors reasonable. I'm planning for each guest to get a Frosty coupon, a pencil, some stickers, sweets and a necklace (girls) or key ring (boys). I am making the necklaces and key rings - more on that soon. These little packages should hold all of that, no problem. I made a list of the remaining items we need for the party so I can make as much as possible and watch for sales.
I transplanted a few more flowers and plants, improved a river rock border on the big flower bed, and we moved some gravel. If we paid for all the landscaping we've done this year, I think we'd need a second mortgage, but we have done most of the work ourselves, and saved a ton. We did hire an end-loader/bobcat guy to shape the driveway, grade off the grass, spread the first 15 tons of gravel and take out some stumps for us. We also hired a guy to put seamless gutters on the garage, but we ran the (underground) drain lines from the downspouts, along with drainage for two downspouts on the house. We set about 25 railroad ties (that we got free for the hauling), spread the second 15 tons of gravel (by hand, because we're crazy like that) for the driveway, along with a huge load of fill dirt, many small loads of topsoil....and we've moved river rock more times than I want to admit....but it's all coming together. Right now, I'm waiting/hoping to hear from someone who has pavers for sale (second hand) that we can use to create a pathway to the front door. We also have some more drainage to install, and that's probably it for this season.
I gathered seed heads for Blanket Flower. I have sown some in the field and saved some to share.
We used sales and coupons to get Chex mix for .50 a bag. We also signed up for a freebie at King Sooper - a potato side dish.
Husband went up on the roof to use a wire brush on the spark arrestor cap. He is a very brave soul. (I stay down on the ground and cheer him on, like the wimp that I am.)
There were some light-colored water rings (from drinking glasses) on our kitchen table. I did an internet search and learned that I could use some white cloth and a hot iron to get them out. All I did was put the iron on 'steam' and iron over the area, on the cloth....a little at a time until the water rings faded away. It worked like a charm. If you have wood furniture with water marks, check out some of the videos on You Tube. They were really helpful and informative. I actually went over the entire surface of our kitchen table, a little at a time, and it looks much more even. I polished it afterward - it's not 'like new', but it is much better than it was!
I was wanting some sort of caddy to hold the salt, pepper and butter for the kitchen table, and found a basket that I already owned that works perfectly. We have made some changes to our homeschool process and Daughter often uses the kitchen table these days, so it's nice to have a way to whisk these items off of (or onto) the table as needed.
Sorry for the lack of photos this week - How have you saved lately?