Sunday, June 30, 2019

My Frugal Ways this Week: Garage sales, Wonderful friend, and Gardening 6/30/19!

A very nice friend gave my granddaughter a cradle, 2 high chairs, and a rocking chair (we already had the cat).  On the cradle, the board for the bottom was warped, so I just turned it over and it's good.   I glued on a  new cover and then sewed a pillow and blanket for her from material I already had.  She loves it (just so you know she needed two high chairs because she has twin babies).💓💓

It's been such nice weather that I was able to hang clothes out to dry multiple times this past week. 

We've been going to some great garage sales and I loved this deal the best.  New canning jars -each box was a $1.00 (never opened) and the brand new canning drink jars were 5 for $2.00.   We also found a very nice outdoor carpet ($10),  brand new ceiling fan in box for daughter ($10), brand new sandals for me ($1.00) and mind craft toys for grandson ($14 -there was quite a few).  Toys for boys his age are hard to come by so I spent a little more than I normally do.  Overall we just got some great deals (husband got tools of course).  This week reminded me again to just wait when I want something (outdoor carpet) and then I will find it for a great deal at a garage sale with no tax included!    

I was able to stock up on spaghetti sauce this week for a great price.  

In the Garden:

Finally the garden has been dry enough to step in it (it's still very wet).  I've been hoeing the weeds and babying the plants has much as I can.  I watched MIGardner  on youtube and I've tried his tip for using ground up leaves to help the plants and I've also been tickling my flowers on the tomatoes (the comments on the video crack me up)!  Hopefully everything will help what is growing now.   

Yesterday (Saturday) husband was able to roto till in between rows and completely plow rows that didn't have any plants come up at all.  In total we lost a row of potatoes, 5 rows of beans, and all the runner green beans in the flood.  

What the garden has looked like for the past few weeks:

That same area of the  garden this morning:

The area in the middle has beets's going to take a lot of weeding for that!  

I wanted to show you how we are trying to deter the deer.   We did this last year and it seemed to help some. 

Toys!   We switch them around some every few days.   We think it freaks them out or maybe it just freaks out the neighbors  ha ha.  I'm sure I'm talked about!    We also use a fake owl to help scare birds and deer away.  


Replant the green beans and continue weeding.

What are the ways you've saved this past week?

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Cheryl Kimbley said...

You did fantastic at the yard sales. My goodness, new boxes of jars for $1 and all those drink jars - great find.
Sorry you lost so many plants in the garden. I hope you can replant and benefit from it.
I have one of those owls - and usually there is a bird sitting on it head!!!! LOL
Have a good week.

Little Penpen said...

The cradle and high chairs would be every girl's dream. I would have LOVED them when I was a little girl. I loved playing baby dolls. You found some great deals at the yard sales.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

I hope we will not have a early frost this season..we might just have enough time. So true about those owls!

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

I don't remember anything except Barbies (I guess I was too young) and that my brother threw them away! I'll never forget. Have a great day!

Lana said...

We really need to get on the estate sale bandwagon! You find so many awesome deals that I am hooked without even going! I am sorry about the garden but I am glad it is finally drying out. Our big deal was finding a great deal on a cordless pole saw and then selling our corded pole saw for $8 less than the new one cost. Hubby knocked out the tree trimming chore in no time with no extension cord to deal with.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

You guys sound like my husband you get a new tool and sell the old and come out ahead! Great deal!
I've been in the garden today...feels good. Praying for a great garden this year in spite of. Have a great a great day Lana.

Anonymous said...

Hello Vickie oh your granddaughter will be in her element with the two high chairs, rocker and cradle and will have so much fun playing with them. You certainly got some fantastic garage sale finds and new canning jars are an unheard of price for $1 a box well done.

We haven't done any grocery shopping yet but are heading out to get some needed specials today to top up our supplies with.

Our Vicky challenge added up to $813.34 in savings last week :).

In the gardens -
- We added lime to 4 of the garden beds and watered it in.
- Added fertiliser around the mandarin tree and watered it in.
- We have now put up all of the galvanised pipe roof framework on our garden enclosure and wired on heavy duty chicken wire on the top ready for the shade cloth to go on. We figure by digging the post holes, putting the posts up and firming them in, attaching the pipe roof framework and heavy duty chicken wire we have saved ourselves so far $796.84 over hiring a handyman for 10 hours to do this for us.

So far we have only spent $3.66 on building the 10 x 2.2 metre garden enclosure by using all recycled materials. We are chuffed with the results so far.

Finances -
- By being super frugal with our budget I managed to replace the funds I used to purchase this laptop :).
- Listed 10 items on a free listing promotion on eBay saving $16.50 on usual prices.

In the kitchen -
- Cooked all meals and bread from scratch.

Hope everyone else had a wonderful week :).

Sewingcreations15 (Lorna).

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

I'm glad you were able to save your money for your laptop! I was wondering about you Lorna! Then to just imagine only spending $3.66 on the enclosure...what workers you are! So this will keep kangaroos out of the garden? I need something like that for deer but they say they can jump so high.
Have a great week!

tealady said...

We just moved into a large two bedroom apartment after living an R.V. for a year. It was my idea to try living in a camper but I hated it. This last week we went to garage sales. I got the deal of a life time. One garage sale was closing up and the guy said to me everything is $5.00 each, I walked out with a kitchen table and 4 chairs, a side table, a t.v.stand,an old bar(booze) cabinet, and a few other odds and end's.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

so many people are trying the r.v. Life I've often wondered how they liked it.What great deals for just a little money you almost completely furnished your house. Have a great night

Anonymous said...

Hi Vickie and we think we know where the one kangaroo is getting in the yard and it is under the front gate. We will put strong wire on the bottom of the gate first to see if that will keep the kangaroo out first. If it doesn't then we will totally enclose the garden with heavy duty chicken mesh on the posts and put in a gate.

We still have more to go on building the garden enclosure and have shade cloth to go over the top of it to protect the plants from the heat of summer and the frosts in winter here. Even with the shade cloth we think the whole enclosure totally enclosed or not will still only cost under $40 in total as we recycled the materials we had here.

If you wanted to keep the deer out of your gardens you can put posts around your garden bed and enclose it with heavy duty chicken wire. You can attach the chicken wire by running tie wires through and between your posts at intervals and clip the chicken wire to the wire with wire netting clips. If you have a seconhand building materials recycler in your area or keep an eye out for these things in yard sales etc you can get the materials a lot cheaper.

I hope this helps and your current toys around the yard work and if not you may have to take more permanent deer deterrents.

Hope the information helps.

Sewingcreations15 (Lorna).

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

The deer manage to always get in some how no !after What We try. They have disturbed their habitat by us putting in a natural gas pipeline down the road so they are hungry this year. If they get worse we just might have to do what you suggest! Thanks for the ideas.

Jeannie said...

Don't be discouraged about the garden, keep trying. I have had to replant my beans three times this year, even planted some this morning. The work will pay off.
Good finds at the garage sale.

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Thanks For the encouragement Jeannie...I hope this planting works for you. We might have enough time before frost. Have a great week!

Jeannie said...

Funny how I also count the days until the first frost also. It is blazing hot outside but I am looking the the seedlings telling them to hurry up. (I really don't talk to my plants - it was an expression. I am NOT crazy no matter what people say!)

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

I do pray over my garden but I think talking helps too. So your not crazy if you do Jeannie! There are scientific reports out there that state this helps (at least I think so).
Have a great day!

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden said...

Its slowly coming back to life...hope your garden does well too!