A Free Scrubbie?

I have been going through the tightwad book that I have mentioned in my last two posts and she had the craziest suggestion I have ever heard of. She uses a potato bag as a dishes scrubber. I thought, “Ok. that is too much”, but I wanted to really give her suggestions a try so I still had some sweet potatoes , emptied the bag, and wrapped a rubber band around it.

To my surprise, it works great! I think better than a store bought brush for sure. It retains the soap better so you use less and cleans everything pretty much in one swipe. I thought she was crazy but turns out that I had little faith in her. So if you are looking a cheap dish scrubber idea (actually a free idea) see if you have a potato or onion bag and wrap it into a ball. You just might be as surprised as I was.

I know this is a sort of a silly post compared to the ones I normally do but I had to share this find with all my readers. So I will continue through the book and use her suggestions. I will let you know how it all goes 🙂

 

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It looks kind of like a gold fish but it works really well 🙂
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A Thrifting Find

I don’t know about you. but I have always been one that hated to go thrift store shopping. Being a heavier person they never have my size and I would always leave in despair. Well after reading the Tightwad Gazette I have given the thrift stores another chance.

This year I got some money for my birthday ($75 which I am very grateful for) and decided to first go to the thrift store to see if they had what I wanted before I went to a department store. So far the only thing I can’t find is a certain potato masher that I think I will have to buy brand new. Otherwise I have found everything at a thrift store. A few things I did buy on Amazon and Target in the dollar part but the most expensive thing I purchased were two movies for $10 a piece.

With $75 I have gotten:

A rolling pin (TS)

A floor steamer (TS)

2 cookie cutters (T)

A crochet hook case (A)

A new set of crochet hooks (A)

Breaking Dawn Part 1 &2 (A)

A mint plant (T)

A pie plate (TS)

A pitcher (TS)

A colander (TS)

2 bread pans (TS)

An 8X8 pan (TS)

And I still have money to spend. I have never had money last this long!

The only thing  that I got that was a bust was a bike rack (TS). It was $7 and I didn’t notice until I got home that one of the legs were bent. So I will have to find someone to fix it or I just have to take the loss. Not all finds are good ones.

Any way, the point is that the thrift stores are still a good place to check out when you need something. The clothes part will take a little bit but, for house wares and gifts, I have had some great success already. I can’t wait to go again. Maybe I will still come across the certain potato masher I want.

Giving Thanks

I have so much to be thankful for. I have God as my Savior, a loving family and roof over my head and food to eat. We might not live a glamorous life bit it’s our life. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Many people don’t have what we have and I pray for protection and peace over them. We all have something to be thankful for no matter how bleak life looks. Each of us woke up this morning and have the day to make the best of it all. God is faithful and loves all of us.

I also pray for families who are traveling this weekend for protection. I have family traveling all over and I pray that they will stay safe.

So I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your blessings.

The Frugal Zealot in Training

Soooo I have been turned onto the art of thrifting and finding new ways to save money. One of the resources has been given to me by my husband in the form of a book called The Tightwad Gazette. There are three volumes of it in total but I have only read the first one. I need to find volume two but it is still packed away in a box somewhere. And crossing my fingers, my hubby will get me volume three for Christmas.

It’s funny since it was written in 1992 some things are not as cheap as they were back then. (I was 1 when this book was put out and I always find it interested in how things were back then.) For example, a stamp was only .29 but a long distance phone call as $1.00/minute. Now I think that is funny to think about charging for long distance phone calls with the whole cell phone age and stuff but, back then, cell phones were only for rich people. Now a stamp is .45 and nationwide calling is included in the contract price.

But there is a lot of other things that are still relevant. Like how she washes Ziplock bags and reuses them and doesn’t use her dryer much. I have started doing the baggie washing and looking for a way to do a clothes line in our house because the prices have only gone up and we are saving for a house.

One thing that she suggested was how to make your own pumpkin puree. My favorite thing to bake is pumpkin cookies but the canned pumpkin is only seasonal in most stores and its a couple bucks per can. Her recipe, with one pumpkin, will gave out 19 cups of pureed pumpkin. Our pumpkin was also given to us for a whomping price of free. And our neighbors gave us their two uncut pumpkins so I will easily have a year supply of pumpkin for free.

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Then I was thinking how expensive pumpkin seeds are in the store so I gathered up all the seeds from that pumpkin, roasted them in my oven and it gave me a pint of pumpkin seeds. (I haven’t cut up the other two pumpkins yet but I am hoping for the same or close to the same amount of seeds.) That was my own thought but it really cut down on the waste I had to throw away at the end.

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So I will be on this journey of thrifting and I will see how much it will save. Call me crazy, but if the Frugal Zealot can raise 6 kids and have it all then I think it is worth it 🙂

 

Dealing With Sickies

So it has been a little bit since I last posted because I have just gotten over the worst stomach flu I have had since I was 6 years old. It was horrible. I started throwing up at 3:45am on Sunday 11/15 every hour on the hour and it didn’t stop until 4:00pm 11/16. I was so weak, and couldn’t hardly move. I finally was able to keep Cheerios and some sips of water at 4:30pm. You can see in the pic below just how bad I was.

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It was not a pretty sight. Thankfully though, my wonderful husband was able to stay home with our daughter who then she started vomiting at 4:00pm 11/16 and didn’t stop until 3:00am 11/17. So not only was his wife in bed but he was having to spend the whole night holding his daughter over the toilet. It was quite the scene, but he is a great father and kept her calm the whole time. She was scared out of her mind of  course but he just stroked her back and kept telling her what a good girl she was. After she had finished each round, he would cuddle with her a little bit before putting her back to bed to only have to be up in another hour. It was so touching and in some ways reminded me of how I think God sees us.

How does any of that connect to God? Well think of it this way. When we go and do bad things and get “sick” spiritually, we make bad choices and have to deal with the consequences, does God just sit there and say, “There’s the toilet. I hope you learned your lesson”? No. He holds our hair back and supports us literally through it all. It may not feel like He is there since the circumstance the consequence might really be a challenge, but He is still there stroking your back and telling you it will be ok and is there to cuddle you back into HIs arms when it is all over.

I am thankful that my husband was there to be our daughter’s hero when she needed one most. I on the other hand had to go it on my own since he was having to do his best to keep her clear of me. Sadly it didn’t work. But now she is all better and was out playing in the back yard the next day.

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Now I am afraid my husband is sick with the same thing. The only up side is that he knows what to expect and that it won’t last for long, but it hurts to watch him be sick. I feel helpless. But I know God is there helping him through and, hopefully by tonight, since he started vomiting at 5:00am 11/19, he will be feeling better. (No pic of him since he didn’t want the world to see him like that. I don’t blame him.)

 

Praying For Paris

What happened yesterday in Paris was horrible. It proved that it is not just America the Muslim faith hates, it is everyone. Of course what I’m nervous about is how close we are to WWIII.

It is stated in Revelation about a war that there will be a war that will start along the river Euphrates starting at the source and working its way to the end that will kill one third of man kind. End Time Ministries has a whole series on this in the DVDs “Islam in the Bible” and “WWIII”. Here is their article on Paris. But there is so much more that we need to look at.

What is really going to happen? God says there will be a war that will kill one third of man kind and, the way Irvin Baxter explains it, that right now is about 2.2 billion people with our current population. That’s alot of people! How is that even possible? Of course I suggest you either listen into his TV program or buy the DVD but I’ll give you a hint – nucar warfare.

We all keep hearing about how Iran has nukes but they are denying it and our President is a secret Muslim so he won’t do anything about it. Or he would already. We in America have nukes for sure so what is it going to take to finally spark this war that now with this attack on Paris is only bound to happen? Will it be an attack on NATO? Will it be another attack on the US? I don’t know.

This much I do know. It is coming and it is going to be bad. It will the war of all wars and after that the anti-christ will be revealed. The the worst part of it will start then for Jews and Christians alike. Because with the anti-christ comes the tribulation.

I won’t get into the whole post mid or pre trib thing because overall that doesn’t matter as much as knowing Jesus does. The only thing that it not being pre trib rapture is are we ready to actually stand up for what we believe in when we stuck with the choice to recant or die? I hope it doesn’t happen. But it might. we don’t know the full plan.

The end is coming I hate to say but there is hope. These true signs of the end times should bring Christians hope that Jesus is coming soon. It may still be decades away but He is still coming. Islam is trying to whipe out His name but they will fail. They will be the reason for WWIII and they will knocked down to nothing or almost nothing. A great DVD is the one about the four riders from End Time Ministries as well. The whole series is good really. It explains Revelation in a way that makes sense and he has proof to back up everything he says with history.

Becuase we have to be ready. We as Christians are running out of time to be passive. We need to be active and willing to stand up for our faith. Because one day we will have too. The day is coming. Are you ready?