Archive for the 'Living on a Shoe-string' Category

How To Earn More Swagbucks

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

I’ve been enjoying Swagbucks. Basically what you do is use it to search instead of another search engine. Remember 1. You don’t get a swagbuck every time you search. It’s completely random. 2. You WILL get swagbucks when you use it–just not every time. 3. Use it every time you search. Don’t forget and use […]

55 Ways to Use Leftovers

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

I found this list in my recipe file this morning. I had compiled it ages ago and thought it may be helpful to those of us who are trying to trim the budget. Bread~leftover or stale 1. French toast 2. Bread Crumbs 3. Stuffing 4. Bread Pudding Dried-out Cake 5. Break into chunks and fold […]

Farmers Market

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

James and I have began visiting the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. He went once with Grandma and got hooked on the egg rolls made by an oriental family. He asks to get one every Saturday. Last Saturday, I found this beautiful bouquet for $5. I enjoyed looking at it on my counter this week.

Homemade Stuff

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Crystal has a just for fun post up at Money Saving Mom. What have you made at home? Here’s my list–remember it’s just for fun. If you haven’t tried to make things at home who cares? I just love the challenge of seeing if I can do it, or if I can save money. Oh […]

Easy Bake Oven Fun

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

James discovered my Easy Bake oven in the basement and wanted to know what it was. My Easy Bake is brown and orange. Can you guess what era it was when I got it? I showed him and he thought it was the coolest thing ever, but he couldn’t use it. Somehow my pans didn’t […]

A pretty tea cup

Monday, February 11th, 2008

I am pretty much a coffee girl. However, last Christmas my son and my sister bought me a pretty Christmas tea pot. Since then, I’ve begun to drink more tea. James and I have teas sometimes after school. We eat a snack, listen to our composer, and sip tea. I had collected some little cups […]


Monday, February 11th, 2008

I’ve been knitting a few project here and there.One thing I needed to finish was my brother’s scarf. It was his Christmas present! Oops! (It went out in the mail today!) I made it from an Eddie Bauer wool sweater that I bought at the thrift store for $1.00. I found instructions online once to […]

Am I the only one that does this?

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Throughout the year, I find items on sale to give as gifts. I usually buy with someone in mind. Around September or October, I sit down to decide what I’m giving to whom. I decide what I’m making, or buying and rationally plan what I’m going to give. But when it gets to the few […]

Works for Me Backwards Day

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

It’s Backwards Day again at Rocks in My Dryer.   I have 2 questions. 1. James is going to be having a birthday and he’d like a cowboy party. What are you best Cowboy Birthday party tips?   2. I’m closing my store soon–woo hoo! And will probably do tutoring and piano lessons, but I’d […]

Being Frugal

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Here’s my tip for Crystal’s Frugal Friday. I am also cheating combining to use it for her Super Saving Saturday on her Money Saving Mom’s blog. My frugal tip is this. I work until 6 p.m. each weeknight. I’m trying to be more disciplined and have dinner ready to go, or in the crockpot. However, […]