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Sick Day(s), Quick Soup

Sick Day(s), Quick Soup

I am sick. Yuck.  Sore throat, fever, running nose, achy, the whole bit.  I left class early today and stopped for “sick supplies.” Generic DayQuil/NyQuil Generic Tylenol Generic Gatorade Ricola- straight up. For a grand total of $17.45.  That’s more than I spent on groceries last week! Not to complain....

Spending for February, Goals for March

Spending for February, Goals for March

Oh, how I love thriftiness!  I made myself a new “toy” this month; a spreadsheet to track my expenses.  Instead of using my old method of pen-and-envelope tracking, I now have a calculate-as-I-go miracle machine!  I made several columns with places I usually spend; gas, grocery, etc.  Each row on...

Monday Meal Plan

Monday Meal Plan

Last week was Dine-In-Week challenge, and I am happy to say that I made it through.  This meant no soda from the vending machine, no ordering food after work, and no not-from-home coffee Monday through Friday. Friday night was so much fun!  We had friends over for fish tacos made...

Free Knit Pattern: Four-Square Mitered Dishcloth

Free Knit Pattern: Four-Square Mitered Dishcloth

Featuring the simplicity of garter stitch with the visual interest of mitering. You will need: Small amount of variagated crochet cotton, I used Sugar n’ Cream Lily Cotton US Size 8 knitting needles, or size needed to obtain gauge of 4.5 knit stitches/inch To Begin: CO 36. Row 1: (WS)...

Does This Oufit Make Me Look Frugal?

Does This Oufit Make Me Look Frugal?

So happy to be featured in Almost Frugal’s series: This is What Frugal Looks Like.  You can read more on that over there. You probably want to visit Almost Frugal more often anyway, it’s a fun read. And if you already read Almost Frugal often, but are new to my...

The Magical Fruit Shouldn’t Be Mysterious

The Magical Fruit Shouldn’t Be Mysterious

A New York Times article has been circulating in The Compact Yahoo group, creating quite the discussion yesterday.  The article introduces the New Poor, “people long accustomed to the comforts of middle-class life who are now relying on public assistance for the first time in their lives — potentially for...

Please Excuse My Dust…

Please Excuse My Dust…

Welcome to Kayla K’s Thrifty Ways! I’m doing a bit of remodeling, but didn’t want to shut the site down completely.  It may be hard to navigate right now, but I’ll have it better than normal in just a few days. Thanks!

The Power of “Ask”

The Power of “Ask”

One of the best frugal ways to find things I want or need is simply to ask around.  This may seem obvious, but it wasn’t always for me.  I felt like asking for things people were throwing away made me seem needy or desperate.  The opposite is actually true.  People...

Monday Meal Plan with Dine-In Week Challenge

Monday Meal Plan with Dine-In Week Challenge

This week I’m joining the combined efforts of Natalie from The Frugalista and Katy from The Non-Consumer Advocate and I’m cooking my own food all week long.  It’s the Dine-In-Week Challenge.  Are You In? Good thing this started today! Yesterday I treated myself to a snow-crab and french-fries dinner after...

Shopping….. um….. yeah.

Shopping….. um….. yeah.

It’s almost the end of February, and people are starting to catch on to the whole Compact thing. Hey Kayla, what kind of frugal food are you eating today? Hey Kayla, I found this paper clip on the floor.  Do you want it? (Um, yeah!) Kayla would love to come...