Kayla K.'s Thrifty Ways Fresh ideas for frugal living


What I Wore | J. Crew Embellished Tee

Who the heck cares what I’m wearing, but that it I’m outside in short sleeves! It is a gorgeous week in Iowa. Said J. Crew embellished short sleeved tee was just $2 from Goodwill. I paired it with American Eagle skinny jeans ($6, via thrift) and a Banana Republic v-neck...

Frugal YouTubers Worth Following

Frugal YouTubers Worth Following

Chances are that the device you use to stream Netflix and Hulu can stream YouTube videos as well. And, although Netflix and Hulu are cheaper than cable, YouTube is free, which is my favorite price. If free is your favorite price, you may enjoy some of my favorite frugal YouTube channels....

Thrifted Horseshoe Cable Dress

What I Wore | Horseshoe Cable Knit Dress

I’m so excited for my most recent thrifty find: This Dakini horseshoe cable dress for just $5.88. I have never found a sweater dress to be flattering before, but this one has raglan sleeves, a wide cowl, and just enough flounce to offset my broad shoulders. The horseshoe cable pattern is...


January Houseplant Review

As I write this post on February 1, there are seven inches of snow outside and it is still going. I don’t mind Iowa weather so much, but I think my ever-growing houseplant collection has a lot to do with beating the winter blues. Last Thanksgiving break I tried a...


New Swedish Ivy and Cake Stand Greenhouse

Our trip to Cedar Rapids yesterday included a trip to Earl May where Spencer encouraged me to pick a new hanging plant. He didn’t have to work too hard, of course, but choosing one was a challenge. My plants are usually impulse or clearance picks.


Thrift Fix Favorites

I enjoyed all that Goodwill has to offer on my way home from Tuesday’s conference. There were three shops on the way home and each had something to offer my glassware collection.  These cups and saucers were unmarked, but I liked the pattern and the similarity to hobnail, my favorite....


Garden Progress

I got back from my fantastic IFCSE Conference yesterday and was greeted with a bounty of vegetables:  Pickling Cucumbers,  Zucchini, crooked neck squash,  Chard,  Beans, tomatoes, And a lonely beet. I’m looking forward to the next few months were I can enjoy all of my hard work!


Happy Random July Day!

Yesterday I delivered sunflower bouquets to my friends Liz and Kylie at work. (They work at the same company here in town.) They were surprised and asked the occasion. Well, I was working in my garden. And I have lots of sunflowers. So I picked them. And I made two...