Monday, November 2, 2015

Thrift Store Haul and Other Money Saving Activities

Like most other moms, I love to see how families save money and make the ends meet, especially in large families.  Everyone has their own strategies for what will and will not work in their individual lifestyles, so what works for me, might not for you, and vice versa.

Before we even had kids, we did the DIY haircuts at home.  I have to admit that I do go to a professional because my hair is hard to cut.  However, everyone else has home haircuts.  Recently I have been watching some YouTube videos on how to cut layers in your own long hair.  Next time I need a trim, I just might try it!

Not sure why Benjamin is making this face.....

Another way we save some money is by making my own laundry detergent.  I forget what the breakdown is per batch, but it was pennies to the dollar compared to store bought brand.  It seems to get the laundry just as clean, and it doesn't take long to make.  I am going to start experimenting with some essential oils in the next batch.

The Good Will store near us recently expanded and has a pretty decent turnover of inventory.  Saturday Elizabeth and I were out running errands and hit the thrift store and found lots of goodies!n Josiah was in need of some pants, and I was glad to be able to pick some up for him.  We got all manner of name brands such as Wrangler, Chadwick's, Worthington, Carter's, and a few others I can't remember right now.  

I LOVE this key chain hook on the pants!  

I love the cargo pockets, but does anyone know why they are put at the bottom of the pant legs?  I thought that was a little strange. 

Isaac also needed pants, and I found a couple of pairs of jeans in excellent condition.

Here's all of the pants I got for Josiah.

Shirts for Isaac... the blue one is a Carter's brand shirt.

Some goodies for Mama.  :)

A couple of nice shirts.   Also for Mama.  :) 

Elizabeth found some treasures.  She told me she was need of some clothes for layering. 

A cute scarf for Mama.  I have an obsession with them. 

These cute little baskets were perfect for some small-storage issues for the kids' stuff.  I also am using two for a couple of little projects, which I will address in a different post.

Cooking from scratch in a good way to save money.  There are those times when I need to do something quick and end up using something a little more "prepared" but usually we prepare our food from scratch.  Saturday Caleb made waffles for brunch.  They were delicious!

Esther made some yummy homemade bread today.  We go through a lot of it!  I do keep some of the 12 grain bread from Aldi in the freezer for emergencies, and for making grilled cheese.  Despite my putting in all manner of gluten, or eggs, the homemade bread just doesn't do as well for grilled cheese as the store bought,. 

What are some of your favorite strategies for saving money?



...they call me mommy... said...

Hi Lisa! :) Long time no visit your bloggy! I'm adding you to my feedly so I don't loose track of you again! :) One thing for me is saving all leftovers or using things up in a different way...leftover oatmeal into cookies or veggies into soup. I'm really trying to make an effort not to throw away food! :) Are you doing NaNoWriMo? :)


Lisa said...


Thanks for visiting again!

We use leftovers in similar manner, that I have to admit there isn't usually much leftovers these days! Sometimes I get enough current leftovers to call an RCO night... that is "Refrigerator Clean Out". The microwave is busy that night, but thankfully I am not.

Yup... doing NaNoWriMo again. So far so good!


Keri Hat said...

I am a frugal gal and thankfully my guy is as well. He ditched cable tv and put up an antenna. Over 20 free local channels with a better picture than cable. The garden we planted provided a lot of fresh vegetables, even planting additional fall fare. Had a fresh kale salad last night. We avoid prepared foods and use the crockpot to make meals that also are great leftovers for a couple more meals. Use a dehydrator to save herbs from the garden to use in cooking through the winter. The cost per ounce of those dried herbs is insane. They make great Christmas and birthday gifts in a nice jar. The basil we grew made great pesto that we froze, saved hundreds over store bought and tests better. My guy also changes the oil in the vehicles, saves time as well as money. This brave lady also takes a seat and gets her hair trimmed by my guy. I was complaining about how expensive it was to get my haircut and how I was never happy with the results at the salon and he offered to cut it for me. He gave me a great haircut and he has been my stylist since. After bad haircuts at the barbershop, I bought a set of Wahl clippers to do my boys hair. Results have been very good, look better than what I paid for. I do my color at home with henna. Better color than the stuff the salon uses and the box dyes, and no toxic chemicals on my head that have been linked to cancer. I get compliments on my hair, so I am not walking around with a wonky haircut or bad dye job. I work with the public, so I have to look professional. I figure the home hair care saves me over $1500 a year considering cost of haircuts, tips, transportation plus my time. And you can't get henna done in a salon, so I am saving my hair from harsh chemicals that destroy my hair as well as cause health problems. I also visit the good will store for clothes. Get great deals on clothes that are like new. I give bags of clothes my children have outgrown to friends and family members that still have plenty of wear left. Did two yard sales this year, cleared basement of toys and other clutter and made over $200. I always pack a picnic lunch when we go to a water park or other activity. Some places won't let you bring your own food in, so we end up tailgating. Once you develop a frugal mindset, you think before you spend and do not expect possessions to make you happy.

Lisa said...


You gave several wonderful tips! I also dye my hair at home, and get compliments on it. I am going to try cutting my own. I've been hesitant as my hair is curly and it is hard to cut. I've watched several YouTube videos and it doesn't look too complicated. I will look for the Henna box in the future. I prefer the "few as possible" chemical approach too!

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