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Knock Off Knits: Anthro-Inspired Netty Fringed Scarf

Knock Off Knits: Anthro-Inspired Netty Fringed Scarf

Anthro-Inspired Netty Fringed Scarf by kaylarevae featuring fringe scarves Fringe scarveanthropologie.com Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn : Rustjoann.com Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn : Magentajoann.com Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn : Dusty Rosejoann.com Knitting Needlesknitpicks.com In “Rust,” cast on enough stitches for 70″. Knit back and forth until scarf is 16″ wide. Cast...

Beta Tomato Soup Not-A-Recipe

Beta Tomato Soup Not-A-Recipe

Long time no see, huh? More on that later. I am currently at my kitchen table at 1:00 in the afternoon on a Thursday which means… SNOW DAY! My inner child couldn’t help running and screaming around the house last night when school was called.  Then my adult self kicked...

A Cheap and Simple Slow Cooker Meal

A Cheap and Simple Slow Cooker Meal

With Spencer away at his stag party I knew Chinese take-out would be tempting.  So earlier today I started a slow-cooker meal to enjoy right.. about… now. In my little slow cooker, a Christmas gift from my little sister, I put: 1 C brown rice, purchased in a 25-lb bag...

Saving Money When Time is Tight | Blended Butternut Squash Soup

Saving Money When Time is Tight | Blended Butternut Squash Soup

It is hard to be frugal when I’m busy, and this week has been especially taxing with conferences and car trouble.  If I’m stressed it is much easier to justify convenience food.  This is counter productive in two ways: First, convenience food usually makes me feel crappy.  If I’m stressed...

Unclaimed Assets: How I “Earned” $43 in Two Minutes

Unclaimed Assets: How I “Earned” $43 in Two Minutes

I’m really enjoying reading The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means. I have found many kindred spirits in the interviews.  The author, Jeff Yeager, is very fun and reminds me of another favorite Tightwad, Amy Dacysyn. Throughout the book are Cheap Shots which...

Thrifty Finds at City Wide Garage Sales

Thrifty Finds at City Wide Garage Sales

A few weeks ago I told you how Spencer re-programmed the computer mouse to accomodate a broken left clicker.  Today I was impressed when he found a new mouse for just $.50! We had a great morning garage saling around the neighborhood.  One especially interesting sale was in an old...

Creative Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

Creative Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

My blog usually highlights thrifty ways to save money by not purchasing new things.  However, when a product is really great I like to pass along a reccommendation. I purchased these bed risers from Walmart for less than $10.  Now I can store larger boxes under the guest bed.  They...

How To Patch Work Jeans

How To Patch Work Jeans

Spencer, who works as an electrician, likes to wear Carhartt-brand pants for work. Carhartt pants are very high quality and will last for years if you don’t mind a few patches.  Spencer keeps four or five pairs of work pants.  Since he started working six years ago we have only...

Antique Shop Irony

Antique Shop Irony

<Does anyone else catch the irony of displaying a sign like this in an antique shop? It caught my attention because I like the saying.  I had been carrying around a little sock monkey to add to my collection.  The reason I like sock monkeys is because they use up...

Canning Homemade Salsa

Canning Homemade Salsa

There is always an adventure to be found at the Kramer house.  This morning at about 9:00 Mom decided it was salsa-making day.  And so it was! My mom, sister, and I picked all of the orange and red tomatoes for the last canning hurrah of the season.  The drought...