Every Friday, here at Renaissance, I post about my frugal endeavors and financial inspiration to keep my head in the game. As a single income family, I am constantly trying to stretch, save and strategically spend our pennies to make this household not only work, but thrive. But sometimes you just want to give up. So I started Finances on Friday, a way to re-inspire myself and push myself to keep on keeping on. Join me?
Some financial endeavors for the week:
* Our stove was leaking gas, among other things, but Matt was able to fix the problem(s) by himself with just a few replacement parts ordered online.
* Made homemade laundry detergent
* Making more maple syrup- (hit the 2 gallon mark this week!)
* paid bills, including our real estate taxes. Paid that bill in full before the first date, paying off the smallest balance without any additional fees/interest.
* went to a free knitting class at the library
* baked all our bread needs
* Matt worked on cutting down some trees to make fence posts for our spring project of FENCING OFF PASTURE! Yay!
* Picked up my cornmeal and wheat berries from the bulk food store. Also bought several bulk spices.
* picked up a scooter in a FREE pile along the side of the road.
* Needed a handle for my knitted cable purse but didn't like anything I saw at the craft store. I didn't want to pay from $5.99- $12.99 for a handle I didn't even like so I decided to make my own strap.
* While there, I noticed many buttons were on sale 70-75% off so I picked several very nice ones that I could use to make gifts with and stocked up.
* Also, used fabric from my stash to line the purse instead of buying new (and more lovely) fabric.
* ordered hoof trimmers so Matt can do Skeeters' hoof trimming himself (if all goes well.)
* Many moons ago, I was given several half used YANKEE candles which looked like they were used on burners because they didn't have any wicks. I kept them for those many moons because I thought I could still do something with them. This week I was clearing out the cupboard and kicked myself for having kept them around for so long, doing nothing with them. I tossed 'em in the garbage. Then, I took them out again because I NEVER buy Yankee candles. :-) I melted them down and added a wick to some small, vintage ball jars to make some new, useable candles.
* Set several boxes of stuff aside for a yard sale.
What about you? Any financial wisdom or woes you'd like to share?