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Mending Holes

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I’m back home now, but I was out of town this week for a couple days at a conference up in Phoenix (I’ll be talking more about it when I do my Week 4 spending report).

As I was packing my suitcase, I packed an outfit for which I wanted to wear a blue cardigan. But the last time I wore the cardigan I had noticed a small hole. I decided to bust out the old needle-and-thread to mend the hole before packing up.

It was kind of a pain – as soon as I’d mended one hole, I noticed ANOTHER hole. Both were right along a seam. So no sooner had I packed up the needle-and-thread, I had to bust it back out again. The holes were small so it didn’t take too long. Here’s my finished product:

I was using a cheap Dollar Store needle-and-thread pack so I was a bit nervous how it would all turn out. The location and size of the holes made the mend look a little bit “pinched” right at the seam, and I had to use a dark forest green color thread because there wasn’t a dark navy blue color. I wasn’t thrilled with the finished product but didn’t have time to go shopping (and don’t have the budget!) so I decided it was good enough.

Luckily, when I got to the conference and actually got dressed in the outfit I’d selected, I felt like the cardigan was totally fine. Here’s how it looks while being worn. You can’t even see the little “pinched” places that I thought would be so noticeable!

Perfection! I thought it worked out great and I was proud of myself for going with the thrifty option and saving money instead of running out and buying a new cardigan (which, as we all know, can all-to-quickly morph into a full new outfit, etc.)

I hope you have a great rest of your weekend! What’s your latest saving-money “win”?

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Mended Knees: A Lesson from the Kiddos

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Yesterday as our kids were getting dressed for preschool, one of my daughters picked out a pair of pants to put on that had a big hole in the knee.

My initial thought to myself was, “well, those pants now belong in the trash.”

I told my daughter the pants-with-the-hole weren’t going to work and that she needed to pick out different pants.

Her initial reaction (in stark contrast to mine) was to say, “That’s okay! Grandma knows how to sew and she can fix it!”

I was initially a little surprised – Grandma sews? How do you know?

And then my surprise turned to embarrassment. My own daughter doesn’t even know that know how to sew, too. Here I am, trying to teach these life-lessons over water bottles and I’m just going to throw away a pair of pants that still fit just fine when I could easily mend the knee with a couple quick stitches. I don’t own a sewing machine or anything fancy, but we sure do have some little sewing kits and mending a knee by hand is no-big-deal.

I sent my kid off to school with different pants, but that same evening I busted out the old needle-and-thread. It took all of 5 minutes to mend the knee until the hole was no-more.

How easy it is to forget and slip back into old habits. I was thankful for the gentle reminder from my 4-year-old to live frugally, try not to waste, and to take care of our things rather than simply discarding them.

In other news, we sure did run out of money before the month was over this month. Don’t you hate it when you end up with more month than money? lol ; )  We’re doing a no-spend week all week. I did semi-cheat a little because I had a Fry’s gift card (which is a local grocery store). I had to use it to get some gas (they have their own gas pumps) and some very basic necessities (lunch meat, bread, milk). But no money is coming out of our account for anything for the rest of the month. I know there are only 4 more days at this point, but we started 3 days ago so it will be a solid week in total. Fingers crossed there are no disasters and nothing crazy comes up! (knock on wood)

What are simple ways that you try to reduce waste at your house?