Frugal Things I Did Last Week

3 Jun
I'm super bad at taking photos of myself with my new camera.  I thought this sign was a little crazy that I found on vacation.  It read: "Enter at your own risk.  Limited Emergency Services Available."

I’m super bad at taking photos of myself with my new camera. I thought this sign was a little crazy that I found on vacation. It read: “Enter at your own risk. Limited Emergency Services Available.”

It was finally dry enough to till the garden!  I have been anxiously waiting for over a month to get the garden planted to I am stoked!  So far I have planted green beans, lettuce, a herb garden, and some peas.  It’s too late to plant peas but I decided to plant some in a shady spot and see what happens.  I’m really hoping to have a nice herb garden this year.

Elijah & I went on vacation with my family. ( Unfortunately Brandon wasn’t able to join us.)  We packed two coolers: a small cooler that fits between our van seats filled with drinks & a larger cooler that contained some larger items (milk & oj).  I did a little bit of shopping for things that we needed: new pajamas for Eli (they were cheaper than I could sew them), shoes/clothes for me, & I even purchased Elijah 2 new pairs of Stride Rite gym shoes at an outlet for $16.  These shoes retail about $50 each so I was super excited about this!  We went back to Dollywood where I have a pass & Elijah gets in free.  We had a lovely time on vacation and I am so glad we were able to go.

When I went on vacation a couple of weeks ago I left a bag of books (oops) at our hotel.  Thankfully I was able to pick them up this week instead of paying $25 to have them shipped.

I watched Downton Abbey Season 1 this past week which I borrowed from the library.  (There is one scene in the first episode you need to fast forward through.)

I purchased a pair of maternity shorts at a thrift store.  Yeah!  They are super comfy and look great.  I also found a gift bag for .25 that is beautiful.  I will be using it for an upcoming wedding present.

A very unfrugal thing happened last week.  My van actually broke while we were on vacation.  Thankfully I was not along an interstate!  After carefully weighing the options I chose to get the van fixed rather than tow it home (we were 5 hours away).  It did okay on the drive home so I am just hoping there is nothing else wrong.  This was a major bummer and I think we will have to tighten our belt of frugality for the next few months to make up for it.  We had just had the van serviced so we were not expecting this in our budget.  😦  The mechanic told me to expect more repairs this summer which is disappointing and a little stressful.

What are your best tips for saving money during the summer months?



2 Responses to “Frugal Things I Did Last Week”

  1. Heather June 3, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    Sorry to hear about your van! That’s always stressful. Maybe you can get a second opinion with a good mechanic you trust in your area. I thought our van was in bad shape until I took it to an honest person who wasn’t trying to upsell me. I mean, certainly vans don’t last forever, but I hope the mechanic was wrong in your case! Did you decide to find out if you are having Baby Boy #2 or Baby Girl #1? Sorry I am so curious. 🙂

  2. Rachel June 3, 2013 at 3:26 am #

    We have been going to Community Car Care, across from Circle K and UDF. They have been fair. Seibert’s, across from Southern States, is the best, but its hard to get your vehicle in and out quickly. He had my car for six weeks one time!! We should have a play date at a park and pack a picnic. 🙂

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