Friday, May 30, 2014

Using Cash Envelopes

Hi everyone!  It's the weekend!  And it's so nice and warm outside, I am just loving it.  After the horrible winter we had, I have made a vow not to complain about the heat this summer.  I'm going to enjoy it while I can and will resume normal weather complaints around December.

Today I wanted to share a little system I use to budget: cash envelopes!  Anyone who has read anything by Dave Ramsey knows about cash envelopes, but just in case you haven't, here's how they work:

You have an envelope for each of your household expenses: groceries, gas, prescriptions, chocolate... you know, the normal stuff.  You fill the envelopes with the cash you've budgeted for those expenses and when the cash is gone, it's gone.  It makes it nearly impossible to veer off budget, which is a huge relief.

And if you're using cash envelopes, you might find this handy:


Now sure, you could just take a regular ol' envelope and write on it... but this is more fun and I've already done the work for you!

I made a little something in Microsoft Word...


And then I printed it out onto full-page labels.  I cut them out and stuck them to some legal-sized envelopes!


Now, I have spaces to write what the envelope is for, how much is budgeted for that envelope, and lines to write where I've spent the money.



Dolla bills, ya'll.

If you would like to have some for your very own, here's the link!  Have an awesome-sauce weekend!

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Thrifty Project for Lily

Hi everyone!  I have a great little project to show you today... it didn't cost much and it was done in an afternoon!  Of course, the supplies for this project have been sitting in my house for months.  And I think I moved them from the old house before that... WHATEVS, I HAVE TO DO THINGS IN MY OWN TIME.

Ahem.

I made a thingy for Lily!  Yes, it's a thingy.


I found this great frame at Goodwill for $4.99. As soon as I saw it, I knew what I wanted to do with it, so I bought some wood letters from Michael's too...



I found some pretty scrapbook paper and measured some to fit behind the frame mat.


I just cut it and taped it to the back of the mat... easy-schmeasy.

And then I painted the letters and the frames.  I matched the paint to some of the colors from the scrapbook paper.  This was not easy for me because I never know what colors will look good with what.  Really, I'm color-challenged.


And once the paint was dry, I put the frame back together and hot glued the letters to the glass.

So, funny story:  When I put the whole thing back together, the hanging holes on the back of the frame were upside down.  And apparently I'm a moron, because I decided that I needed to remove the letters and hot glue them the other way.

Or, I could just TURN THE GLASS AROUND.  Luckily for me, those letters were really stuck on there and in the time it was taking me to try to remove them, I figured out that I was a moron.


I hung it above her door and I just love it!  It's so much fun to decorate a girl's room!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Magnetic Chore Charts


I love a project that gets stuff done.

Trying to keep the kids on track with their chores is serious work.  I mean, I can't keep track of everything we're supposed to do in a day, how can I expect the kids to remember all their chores?  And I can't tell you how many times they couldn't remember if they had completed the chore or not...  which means they sometimes do the same one twice for no good reason.  I had to do something!

I bought some metallic cookie sheets (for $0.97 at Walmart)...


And bought some wooden discs at the craft store along with some magnets...


And then I got to work.  I found some clip art for the kids chores and printed them out on adhesive paper:


Next, I cut them out, stuck them onto the wooden discs and glued a magnet to the back... so far, so good.


I painted the cookie sheets...


And then added a little vinyl!  Their names are up at the top of the cookie sheet and the line near the bottom lets them know what they've done: if it's above the line, they've finished that chore!


As you can see, baby Lily doesn't have any chores yet.  Mostly she just eats all day and that's not a chore.  But I have extra magnets for when she gets old enough to help out!



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Monday, May 12, 2014

Teacher's Gift Redux

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a great mother's day!  I got to see my grandmother for the first time in a few years and it was really nice.  Also, there was a buffet that wasn't too shabby.  You've gotta love grandmas and all-you-can-eat.

A while back, I made a teacher's gift for the first day of school:


That was before I had a Silhouette.  Vinyl has changed my life.

I made a new one for Jon's teacher's gift.  BEHOLD:


OK, so it's not so different.  It's just a craft case, with vinyl on top, and goodies inside:


Included in the goodies are Extra Strength Tylenol, lotion, band aids, paper clips, binder clips, rubber bands, gum and chocolate.  Sweet, sweet chocolate.  Everything a stressed out teacher needs to make it through the day!

Enjoy your Monday everyone!

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Storing Your Manuals and Warranties!



Manuals are a thorn in my side.  Honestly, every time I buy something, I dread taking that little manual out of the box because I can't bear to throw it out and I hate having to find a place for it.  And without fail, when I need that manual or the warranty, I can't find it.

I needed to get control of this whole thing.  I bought a 2-inch binder and some heavy-duty sheet protectors.


And then I rounded up every manual and warranty I could find around the house.  I put them all in a sheet protector and put them in the binder.  Quick and easy!


I used my Silhouette to cut some colorful tabbed dividers...


And I labeled each one.  And then I sighed with relief...


A giant binder filled with endless amounts of paper that I can't throw away... and a binder like that needed a label.  I used my full page shipping labels and printed out a little something...



And now, I never have to worry about losing another manual or warranty.  I just love a good binder!

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Installing Plastic Garden Edging

Hi everyone!  It's cold out today.  I thought we were out of the 40 degree weather for the season, but I guess not.  But the forecast for next week shows temperatures in the 80's, so I'll break out my bathing suit in preparation.

And speaking of warmer weather, have you guys started planting anything yet?  There wasn't much in the way of landscaping at our new home, so we have a pretty blank slate to start with.  I decided to get some garden edging to begin with and go from there.

I bought some rolls of plastic garden edging, like this:
Master Mark Plastic Prod. Lawn Edging at Sears.com

It's relatively inexpensive and super easy to work with, not to mention that I like the way it looks in a lawn.  I set the husband to work installing it.

I spray painted a line in the grass where I wanted the edging:


And then had the ol' hubster dig a wee trench to put it in...


The edging was put in the little trench...


And stakes were pounded in at a 45 degree angle to keep it in place.


The dirt was raked over, back in place and that was that.  Boom.  Edging installed.  We added some plants and mulch, too:


And now we're just waiting for more warm weather to plant some more.  I would love some more hostas and some pretty flowers too... but I need temperatures above 60 degrees... not for the plants, but for me.  Priscilla does not bloom below 60 degrees.  There's a fun fact for your Thursday.

Have an awesome day!

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Monday, April 28, 2014

My No-Cost Door Makeover

Hi everyone!  It's been a little while since my last post, but it wasn't intentional: my life is awfully busy with diapers and spitting up.  And that's just my husband.

I'm back to show you my awesome door makeover... and it didn't cost me anything!


When we bought our house last fall, one of the things I wanted to change pretty quickly was the color of the door.  You can sort of see in this picture, it's a plum color:


I know it's a fuzzy picture, it's from the MLS listing photos... but trust me, the door was a plum color.  I wasn't crazy about it, and even if I was, the paint job wasn't terrific.  It needed to be painted desperately, but there was no dealing with it until warmer weather came along.

And then the warmer weather did come along and I needed to make a move.  But, as is evident by my blog name, I'm a thrifty gal... and any sort of makeover needs to be budgeted appropriately.  And then, I opened my latest issue of HGTV magazine.

There was a coupon in the magazine for a free sample of Valspar paint.  I cashed that sucker in and chose a shade for the door.


The color is Indigo Streamer.  I love names they give colors... it's Indigo Streamer to the guy that is paid to name it... to me, it's navy blue.  Go figure.

That sample (which I think is 6 oz) was more than enough for two coats of paint.  There's even enough paint to keep for touch ups... and if I want to paint the backdoor with the same color, a sample without coupon is less than three dollars.  That's a deal and a half, in case you were wondering.

To give it a little extra awesomeness, I added some vinyl... I already had it in my craft stash, so I didn't buy that for this project either.  I made out like a bandit!


If you'll notice, the deadbolt got paint on it... it doesn't work and needs to be replaced.  I wasn't going to waste the painters tape on something that I need to replace anyway.  I'm lazy like that. :)

One more item off the to-do list!

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