THIS IS ONE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET This trip was one interesting trip that will stick with me for the rest of my life. There was laughter, embarrassment, and even fright all in the same day. I don’t want to give the whole post away…
Month: June 2018
If you haven’t already figured it out, I love a good deal! I am definitely all about saving money whenever I can. So when it comes to summer time, I love yard sales! I haven’t been to many yard sales these past few years…but with a baby girl on the way, I have definitely been taking advantage of the few I have seen. This summer, I plan on saving a lot of money by hitting up some yard sales! Just last week, my husband and I were out soul-winning, and we came across a yard sale. I unashamedly went to the yard sale, and I am so glad I did! It was a very clean home and they had a whole table of baby girls clothes! Everything on the table was $.50! I grabbed some really cute pieces that I know I will be using! My friend Stacy Bethel is a yard sale queen! Her and her sisters/mom are always finding great deals! She is able to find really cute pieces for her daughter, Morgan, and there new addition, Tanner! She won’t pay any more in a store than what she could or will find it for at a yard sale during the summer time! lol Here are a few things to remember to make the most of yard sales this year!
1. The early bird gets the worm, but the night owl gets the clean up!
Everyone knows what it is like to go shopping and feel like everything is picked through. Well…yard sales can be ten times worse when its picked through! Wake up early and get to the yard sale at the earliest listed time. This is going to ensure you get the best deals of the day. When my husband and I went to that yard sale, it wasn’t planned but it was early enough I did not feel like I had missed out on a ton of great picks. Get up early and head out there to get some great deals! On the flip side, If you stroll around the block at the end of the day, chances are you are going to get some freebies! Most people DO NOT want to take everything back inside/haul it away so they are willing to either give it away, or drop the price. Now remember, you won’t get first pick…but you might luck out and get a great steal! I am going to stick with the early bird and get the first pick! 😉
2. Plan your day!
Scope out the paper/internet and find out the sales you need to hit first, then go from there. For instance, I’m probably going to go to the sale that has “baby clothes” listed, before I hit the sale that is listing “like new furniture.” Both sales would be enticing to me, but I am going to use and benefit more from the “baby clothes” than the “like new furniture.” Read upon the Sales! Plan your day to make the most out of your day!
3. Be willing to walk away.
This is something that I do not struggle with. I am in no way shape or form a “clutter bug.” I am always purging what I don’t use. I don’t want my house to look crammed or cluttered, so when I go to a yard sale, I don’t just buy an item because… “This is a steal! You won’t find one of these this cheap ANYWHERE!” I’m going to call my dad out on this and say this is one of his characteristics. 😉 He is a freebie and yard sale junkie! If it’s a good deal, even if he doesn’t need or use it, he will buy it! (Luckily for my mom, he has a shed to store all his treasures in now! hahaha) If it is clothing and it is stained, ripped or worn…even if its a cute shirt, walk away. If the piece of furniture isn’t exactly what you wanted and you feel the urge to settle, walk away! Don’t clutter your life and home with useless things from a yard sale that you will probably be reselling down the road.
4. Take small bills and quarters.
Unfortunately, I am one of those people who never have cash on me! (I’ll blame my boss for going direct deposit so I don’t need to go to the bank anymore. 😉 lol) My husband does most of the banking and I generally use a card when I do my shopping. However, my husband is always stashing cash in his wallet. (He calls it his “fish money”…a story for another day.) So I was very grateful that day we went to the yard sale and he had a few bucks to pay for my great finds! I would have been highly disappointed, if I couldn’t have bought those baby clothes! When you go on a yard sale adventure, always take plenty of small bills and quarters. Don’t hand that poor lady who just finished setting up her yard sale a $20 bill and steal all her change at the beginning of the day! Plan ahead!
5. Bundle and buy!
Now this is one area my dad IS KING at! He isn’t going to buy anything without trying to lower that price before he whips out his wallet! I was able to get all my pieces for $.50 each, and each item was very clean and barely used, so I did not try and bring that price down. If the table would’ve been marked $1.00/a piece, I might have tried to put everything together and said, “Would you take $5.00 for all this?” Sure it may have only saved me a couple bucks, but that is a couple bucks I can spend at the next yard sale! So don’t be afraid to bring that price down…but use wisdom and don’t be a cheap skate! If you know it’s worth the $.50…don’t try and get it for a quarter! lol
Just writing about yard sales makes me want to go out and find one! It’s Monday morning, and I’m sure there are some sales over the weekend! Plan your Friday/Saturday yard sales and have fun! I would love to hear about any good deals you find! Here are the pieces that prompted my blog post! 🙂 The Sleepers alone are worth $7 a piece!!! So I made out pretty good! 😉 Have a great day!
I don’t know about you all, but I love Pico De Gallo!!! I could eat it for days and it’s actually pretty healthy! Also, this is great for parties, it’s easy and delicious!
You want to start with cutting the tomatoes and onion, chopped finely.
Then you will get your corn and open it, drain the juice, then add.
Next, cut your lime in half then you can use a squeezer but in this case, it’s my hand!
Then cut your cilantro finely, then just add a pinch of salt!
Mix well! And it’s that easy!
- 8 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1 small jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped( optional)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 TB lime juice
- 1 can of corn, drained
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Combine ingredients in a medium bowl and toss to mix well. Refrigerate until serving.
I’m now eight months pregnant, and I FINALLY feel pregnant! I was just telling my husband the other day, that I am just now starting to feel like I have limitations and my belly is getting “in the way.” (I promise I DO NOT mean that it is an inconvenience! I am thankful for a healthy, active baby and don’t look at her as an annoyance.) I guess I can’t really complain about being eight months in, and just now starting to feel pregnant! I do feel truly blessed. One thing I feel as though I can’t really stay ahead of is maternity close! My ever-growing belly is truly making it a challenge to find modest maternity clothes, without breaking the bank. I RARELY pay more than $10 for an item of clothing, unless I really LOVE IT, need it, or it’s a dress. So when it came time to start looking for maternity clothes, I realized quickly that I would be breaking that rule! My first and probably my best purchase was a jean skirt off of Amazon. Here is the link
When the skirt came, I could not have been more impressed with the fit, feel and quality! I wanted more, but didn’t want to pay for another and the shipping! So I called in some reinforcements and Danielle came over to help me make some maternity skirts!
I bought a pencil skirt pattern at JoAnn Fabrics for $.99! We took my hip measurements and made that size. (The waist doesn’t matter, because you only use the pattern for the hip down. After we cut the material and put the skirt together, we added a jersey knit 10″ band to the top of the skirt, with an elastic band (larger than what I needed, so I had some room to expand). The finished product was a success! I was so comfortable and pleased with what we had made, I wished I would have more material since we were in the sewing groove. I think we made all three skirt in three hours. It was a VERY profitable afternoon, and Danielle was a huge blessing! The last picture is a picture of the skirts that we made vs. the skirt that I purchased online. Although the skirt from Amazon hit my knee, I decided to add a few inches to the bottom of the pattern to bring them below my knee. These skirts are by far my favorite maternity item I have made/bought! If you are expecting, I highly encourage you to whip out that sewing machine!
Now obviously, I did not make my whole maternity wardrobe, so here are my favorite places to shop.
I know what your thinking, “They are so expensive! How can she have a $10 or less rule and shop there!?!” I completely agree, they are expensive…if you shop the front racks! Head straight to the back of the store and go right to the clearance racks! Every time I have gone, they have had 40% off the clearance racks, and I have found over a dozen shirts there for well under $10 bucks! Most of them ranged from $5-$7. You just have to swing in and check out what they have because you never know! (I will say, I have splurged and bought some t-shirts from there when they had there buy one get one 50% deal…I’m a jean skirt and t-shirt kinda girl. So plain colored or graphic t-shirts for everyday use are a necessity!) So I have bought the most from Motherhood, despite my fear of there prices at the beginning of my pregnancy.
Next up is definitely Ross! We have a decent Ross, but I have seen better Ross stores in other parts of the country. So even though I have found some shirts there, its normally a hit and miss/picked through experience. However, you can always count on most of there pieces being less than $10! So I am definitely keeping it on my favorites list!
My husband and I went to Kohl’s the other night, and I found a dress on their maternity clearance rack! Want to guess how much I paid? You guessed it! $10 It is very comfy and very easy to wear! Kohl’s has a maternity section right next to the baby/kids clothes. Definitely check that clearance rack out! I have always gotten great deals at Kohl’s!
4. My own closet!
I was very surprised at how many pieces I had prior to my pregnancy that I am still able to wear today at eight months pregnant! Many of my dresses are high waisted flowy bottom dresses, which are perfect for maternity. So I have been able to utilize my pre-maternity closet a little bit.
5. Thrift Stores
I will admit, I have not found too many things when I went into the thrift stores. Most of what I see has been picked through, not my size or style. However my mom and sisters have found a few pieces that have been able to work, and I’m grateful they thought of me while they were out and about!
I hope this post inspired my fellow/future pregnant ladies to be creative and not give some stores the cold shoulder! I feel truly blessed with the many great deals I have found. I now have a decent modest maternity wardrobe I can Lord willing use for more pregnancies to come! Happy Shopping!