I picked some daffodils from our yard to add some indoor cheer.
Last summer we picked up a nice swing set/climber from freecycle. When we got it home, we unloaded it somewhere 'easy', but this week we moved it to a better location that is more private to the road but still nice and level. Some of the carriage bolts were very difficult to use because the threads had been damaged by the previous owner. Husband used a grinder to take off the tips of the bolts and they thread easily now. Some time, but zero cost.
I was able to spend an afternoon with a dear friend. It was so nice to visit and catch up!
I got several freebies in the mail.
Then, on the day we went to town, we got the freebies pictured below. Daughter had received a post card inviting her to come get a free mini Lego set to introduce the new Lego Elves. The others are free Friday downloads from King Sooper.
I have been reading about intensive gardening methods...which I have done before. We looked around at materials we have on hand and chose a space to fence a small garden. We have to fence and cover to protect from deer, but most of the supplies we need are on-hand. I will need to order some PVC connectors, but I think we have enough PVC pipe on hand. We have posts and cyclone fence, as well as some plastic netting for the top cover. We used shovels to double dig the garden plot, and it dug quite easily. We turned in rabbit manure and will add compost this week.
I went through our stock of seeds, and gathered all the ones we needed this year, and planted seeds in starter pots. The trays are ones we had on hand from other projects. The pots are made of newspaper. I have a little wooden doohickey specially made to form newspaper into pots. I got it at Goodwill several years ago for 79 cents, I think, but before that, I just used a soup can.
The soil is organic gardening soil that I got free with a gift card at K-mart last fall, when we had transferred a prescription. The seeds were all inexpensive, from stores like Dollar Tree, or purchased from Ace Hardware a few years ago on clearance.
|The containers are loosely covered with plastic wrap to help keep in the moisture.|
We benefited from the spring cleaning of others and received some shelving, storage containers and a lovely park bench.
I sold some things we no longer needed on a local buy-sell-trade page on Facebook. I also found an inversion table in like-new condition and very reasonably priced. We have been looking for one for a while now - it's very good for stretching and relieving back pain. They are somewhat large, but we spent a little time dis-mantling it on-site, and we were able to haul it home in our car, instead of one of us making a trip back in the pickup.
I cut back and trimmed up all the houseplants. They had gotten scraggly over winter. I think they will fill in nicely during spring.
I completed a survey for Pinecone Research.
This week was Spring Break. We attended some fun, free library programs, played board games, and did some other local activities.
The zipper on my wallet broke, and the whole think just sort of died. (Pieces flew in all directions!) I went to Goodwill and found a wallet I really liked....but the zipper was broken on it! Daughter has a wallet she has been using some - we got it at Goodwill a few months ago. It is the type I use and like, so she gave it to me, and is using a small change purse with a zipper closure until I am able to find something else, or until she sees something she would prefer. What a sweet girl! Her wallet was missing the little pull, so I added a paper clip.
We also dropped off some donations at Goodwill, and we were able to find a pair of moccasins for Daughter, as well as sandals for summer. She was quite happy about that.
Taffy started showing signs of a urinary tract infection. I had to take her to the vet, because the treatment is a prescription of antibiotics. I made some effort to keep costs down. The vet wanted to do a urinalysis, and I asked her if she could prescribe the antibiotic without it, since Taffy's symptoms were so spot-on. She said she could not prescribe until she confirmed that it was a UTI, and not some other issue, such as crystals in the urine (at least I tried!). I had read that a urinalysis might be required so I managed to collect a urine sample at home, to take with us. They said they couldn't use it, so I won't bother with that in the future (but at least I tried). I was told the sample had to be 'very fresh'. So....my sweet puppy, who had been needing to pee very, very often, was suddenly not the least bit interested in providing a sample. The vet wanted to keep her there and give her a diuretic...for an additional $40....so I asked if they could try a bowl of water first, partly because of the cost, and partly because I hate to give her medicine just to produce a urine sample. She did agree to that...and she didn't charge me the 'half-day hospitalization fee'...probably for fear that I'd go all DIY and give Miss Puppykins syringes of water until I got a sample in their parking lot. The result of all this was that she did indeed have a minor UTI, and was given a 2 week prescription for Amoxicillin. It didn't occur to me to ask for a prescription and take it to a pharmacy for humans, but the way it was done - the tech came out with the dog and the filled prescription bottle, so I didn't see the vet at all when we came back in the afternoon - there wasn't really an opportunity. If I had done that, I probably would have saved another $10, but I saved about $100 just by asking the questions I asked. I told Taffy that I was going to start adding cranberries to her treats!
|Resting in front of the fire after her medicine...her fur was so warm!|
Kohls sent me a post card for $10 off a purchase. I chose this mini wax warmer (it's night light size, and plugs into the wall!) and one set of scent cubes. Total out of pocket was 52 cents!
How was your week? What did you do to save more, spend less and make do?