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Thrifty Threads: Comfy ‘New’ Scarf

Thrifty Threads: Comfy ‘New’ Scarf

Anthropologie-Inspired Scarf: Free, handmade made with yarn from an old sweater V-Neck Tee, thrifted Old Navy: $2 Jeans, thrifted BKE: $3 $5 for a comfy outfit to wear to class.  I’m so glad I made this scarf and can’t wait to find more ways to incorporate it into my wardrobe. ...

10 Uses for Yogurt Containers

10 Uses for Yogurt Containers

Last week when looking for yogurt for Spencer’s lunches, I discovered AE-brand and Yoplait yogurt both on sale 10/$5.  This is the highest price I will pay, so I stocked up on as many as Spencer will use until the expiration date.  I picked the AE yogurt mostly because of...

Make-Ahead Freezer Sandwiches: 16 for the Price of 1

Make-Ahead Freezer Sandwiches: 16 for the Price of 1

When I started to track my spending I was able to see how quickly my little lunch purchases added up.  I started to prepare lunches ahead of time to save money and reduce food waste.  Now I can make 16 sandwiches for what I would pay for one meal on...

Rockin’ The Bustle Look

Rockin’ The Bustle Look

My friend Jenna commented on the joys of period clothing so I thought I’d share this one with you… I am holding an extremely contraband digital camera.  They didn’t exist in 1875, you know. Somewhere in the digital universe there exists a video of us booty-dancing in these clothes.  It...

Food Waste Friday 1/8/10

Food Waste Friday 1/8/10

The Frugal Girl started posting weekly pictures of her food waste in an effort to use up the food she had.  I thought I’d participate this week as it is a great way to wrap up my break of family-style cooking before I return to abnormal college food. The bean...

Anthropologie-Inspired Bobble Cable Ascot

Anthropologie-Inspired Bobble Cable Ascot

I’ve recently discovered Anthropologie through Mommy Outfit posts on Samster Mommy.  I adore this company from afar as a store does not exist within a 200 mile radius of either of my homes.  And, even if they were close by I couldn’t bring myself to spend that kind of money...

Megan and the Depot, My Favorite Old Friends

Megan and the Depot, My Favorite Old Friends

I spent the final day of my trip home in Decorah, visiting favorite friends, Megan and the Depot.  Both were wonderful.  I enjoyed coffee and conversation at Magpie with Megan.  We trolled around downtown visiting all of Decorah’s wonderful shops where I resisted the urge to purchase anything.  We also...

Quilts from Clothes, What a Concept

Quilts from Clothes, What a Concept

Day 2 of Quilt Extravaganza (Mom and Kelli and I sit around the dining room table and make quilts) I am working on projects that I have already started.  I am only a little jealous of Kelli’s perfectly arranged fat quarters and all of Mom’s Civil War-print fabrics.  Hopefully in...

Happy New Year! Compact Day 1

Happy New Year! Compact Day 1

I was getting pretty nervous yesterday, fighting the impulse to go out and stock up on everything that I can no longer buy starting today.  For example: Anything from Borders Anything from the Gap Enough yarn to make a cabled riding jacket New kitchen accessories But, alas, I am mostly...