|Nine pints of poultry stock.|
Last weekend, my girlfriend invited me along to a clothing swap at our school district's virtual academy. I didn't really expect to find anything, but I was wrong! I got a pair of gray jeans and a silk scarf for myself and a western shirt, tank top and a sweater for Daughter. There were lots of nice items available, and many happy families getting clothing. That same friend shared some clothing that she no longer needed, some for me and some for Daughter. I am going to try my best not to wear the green sweater she gave me every. single. day. (It's so pretty!!)
On our family town errand day, we went to the new 'outlet' Goodwill. It was....interesting. There are big shallow bins full of clothing, small appliances, toys, etc. You have to rummage through and find what you want. The items are sold by the pound (most items are .89 per pound). They wheel out new bins every 15 minutes or so, and when they wheel them out, no one is allowed to touch them until they say 'go'. From what we gathered, this is because there were issues with people being too aggressive, but what we saw this day was just a lot of hovering and waiting over the newly released items. We didn't really participate in that part of the experience, and stayed by the 'older' bins. We spent about $7.50 and got quite a few things. Daughter got a foam-coated baseball bat, a Ty stuffed kitty and a long stuffed snake, both like new. She also got a sweater and a really nice wallet...so nice that I have joked about trading with her. I found a vintage teacup and saucer, a chicken wire basket, a shopping bag and a North Face backpack, and Husband found a 4 cup coffee maker. Everything cleaned up nicely. I made some minor repairs to the backpack as well. At another Goodwill store, Husband got jigsaw puzzles to send to his parents, and we got a big, heavy dog dish for outside water. Taffy has managed to upend everything I've put outside with water in it. Hopefully, this one will solve the problem for $1.99!!
We are watching the local grocery sales and stocking up when there is a really good deal. This past week we got 10 pound bags of potatoes for .99 and onions for .39 a pound. I also found avocados for .50 each. We combined a sale and coupons to get Chex mix for Husband's snacks at .50 per bag. We paid .99 for a head of romaine lettuce, too!
It is cold again, so we are heating with our wood stove. This saves us a lot of expense for propane. We get the wood free, then cut it and split it to size.
I sold a few household items on a local buy-sell-trade page on Facebook. They were items we no longer needed, and will be useful for their new owners as well. win-win!
To make some space in the freezer, I thawed, then canned, 9 pints of chicken/turkey stock. I had a little left over, so I used it in place of water in the Mexican rice I made this week.
I have been debating getting a carpet cleaner for a few years, but decided it is time. I think that by having one here at home, I can clean a single room, instead of renting one and trying to do all the rooms at once (there are not enough hard surfaces to hold all the furniture for that!) I looked them up on consumer reports (free via our library website) and then polled my fellow homemaker friends. My friend Lana suggested that I put it on my 'wish list' on Amazon (they had the best price) and watch the price for a bit. We started at $135....it went down to $119...then up to $160...then back to $119. Meanwhile, someone put one on a local buy-sell-trade page on facebook, free to a good home. It does not have the attachments, but I can order those if I want them. Free is a great price!
On Thursday, Husband said that he wouldn't mind getting a good smoker second-hand, and asked me if they ever have them on the buy-sell-trade page. I told him they rarely do, and when they do, they are gone in a flash. Friday, someone posted one - parents had moved away, and the smoker needed a good home. We picked it up Saturday. It needs to be wire-brushed on the outside and painted with high-temp paint (which we have). The inside is in excellent (but dirty) condition. I told him, Merry Christmas!, hee hee.
We got books from the library. I also chose some magazines from the free bin by the entrance. I will return them when I'm done with them, so someone else can have a turn.
I accepted a free subscription to Redbook magazine from Mercury Magazines. I know it's a women's magazine, but I haven't read it since I was a little kid and used to read my mom's. Whether it's a 'fit' for me or not, I'll take them to the library when I am done with them.
I participated in a survey for Pinecone Research and earned $3.
My friend invited me to go Black Friday shopping with her, and I did! We left around 5am. It was kind of fun, in a sleepy sort of way. I got some craft supplies for 50% off.
|Our dozing puppy is growing like a weed!|
After our tasty Chinese food, we checked out the newly opened Goodwill retail outlet. This is not the one I mentioned above, it is a standard retail store. It seems like when they open a new location, there are a lot of really nice items. We found new and like-new boots and coats for everyone, along with a couple of books for daughter and a photo frame. We are set for a while!
Our kitchen stove had been acting up. The burner I use the most wasn't lighting from the spark, so I was using one of those long, rod-type lighters to light the burner. We thought about having a repair person out...we even looked at new stoves. One night after supper, we pretty well tore the stovetop apart. Husband noticed that the spark ignitor on that burner was slightly different from the others. He made a temporary adjustment and it began to work much better. He ordered the part on Amazon (paid for it with Swagbucks!) and replaced it when the part arrived. Meanwhile...the back of the stove was looking worn - it is black paint over aluminum and there were places where the silver showed through at edges. I cleaned it really well, then colored over the silver parts with a black sharpie. Then I wiped it down and polished it with furniture polish. Now it works great and looks better too!