Time to brew that coffee! I woke up this morning with a list of things I needed to “buy” at the store. I needed meat to cook for the dogs as I add vegetables, eggs, or meat to their kibble and, I must say, they are healthier and happier and will live much longer. I needed thank you cards for all the goodies people have been sending me. I needed more yarn.
Then I had my coffee and rethought the list. I have a bag of yarn and don’t really need more at all. I can make thank you cards (I have no artistic talent but even I can do hearts and flowers) and I made a big batch of steel-cut oats for the children, my human ones, and my three furry ones. All the critters and boys gobbled it up. Trip canceled, money saved, gas saved, carbon emissions avoided and I’m still on tract with the No Spend.
I’m in the middle of making cards right now and it’s very fun. These are the boy’s art supplies and paper. They were kind enough to share. Actually, some of these pens are mine for my adult coloring books.
Another thing I’m doing; using up lotions and creams that have just been sitting on the shelf instead of buying new stuff.
I did some trading of garden seeds for these homemade masks.
Now, here are some things I purchased long ago but want to share because they were a great deal and are serving us well.
Here is a bed frame we found at the thrift store a couple weeks ago for $99. It was missing a slat and little legs under the frame. It was also much too long as it was for a California King and not an Eastern King. It didn’t fit in the room and had a foot of space from mattress to footboard. Bali took it apart and rebuilt it with new wider slats and legs, shortened it, and voila! For the first time in almost 6 years I have a bed off the floor!
I’m not a Dollar Tree person unless I’m trying to stuff Christmas stockings but I found some charming kitchen towels and a splashboard for the back of the stove that was a stick on (and it really sticks, I’m afraid to remove it as it will probably take off all my paint).
What I also like to load up on at the Dollar Tree are those Composition books for Arjan and Sam’s art and writing and I use them for journaling, to-do list, and writing out our budget or ideas for the channel. Other than that, I try not to buy junky stuff that winds up in the landfill.
We got our big bag of books from the library and I’ve been enjoying my huge Stephen King novels. We didn’t get a chance to get cards in our new town as the quarantine was started when we moved here. Fortunately, our old library is doing curbside and welcomed us to order through them until our libraries up here open up again. We have been book hungry for weeks!
And yes, the couch is off the porch and reunited with its mate. I loved the couch on the porch but Bali wasn’t so keen on the decore. I redid the living room and fixed up the guest room with the other Indian blanket. It looks better on the guest bed than the couch. The painting looks better in there as well. I just keep playing with the furniture and paintings to get that look. It keeps me busy.
Another thing that keeps this lady busy and out of the stores is baking. I’m baking my hand made super wheat bread (I add wheat germ and wheat bran) and French white that I make in the bread maker. By making bread by hand and one loaf in the bread maker I have three loaves for the week. I’m getting back into bulk cooking. Lately, I’m a little burnt out on cooking but we have been loving our little table filled with variety. I run out of ideas. I’m working on simpler foods. We like to sit down to little plates of this and that and we’ve taken to eating from salad plates. We don’t eat as much and we get more variety and vitamins. I showed our table and dishes in the last blog.
I find making to-do list for the home and garden is a great way to stay busy, creative, and improve the home and yard. On my to-do are these cabinets that Bali promised to help me with. I’m also going to start painting the house and adding some color. A scavenger trip to the little shed out back and I found all the paint from our old house. I think I have enough yellow to do the kitchen. I don’t know that I have enough white for the front porch railing and trim and I don’t have red for the door. I do have blue. Lots of blue and burnt pumpkin…that might make things very interesting.
This is our bathroom window. I didn’t have curtains for it and you could see right in to watch a person doing their business. I found some of this faux stained window sticker from the old house. We trimmed it down and now I feel like I have some privacy and enjoy my fancy window.
So, how is everyone else doing with your no spend or in the planning process of the no spend?