If you didn’t know, I’m from British Columbia, Canada and the province is on fire. In the past month there has been a crazy amount of lightning. Since it’s been so dry, these lightning strikes have started countless fires and a number of them have grown out of control. As you know, where there’s a lot of fire, there’s a lot of smoke, and that smoke has been hanging out where I live as well as many other parts of the province and into Washington State. As a Canadian, I would like to say sorry for the second hand smoke. 😉
This this past week has been unbelievably smokey. A few days I couldn’t even make out the sun because of the smoke cover. I’ve also given up on trying to hide indoors, so we all smell like a campfire.
Anywho, through it all, I am thankful that we don’t have any fires currently threatening the area around us. I’m praying that God brings rain soon. A long steady rain void of lightning.
And now down to business. We’ve had a week of birthday parties, family visiting and an unexpected purchase that didn’t cost a lot, but is a huge blessing.
1. We bought a laptop.
This blogging gig isn’t lucrative and I’m not sure it ever will be. I’m just having a good time writing about what I love: saving money. Hopefully I can be an encouragement to people. If you like reading along with my musings, please share it with a friend! I’m not just writing for my own sake, but truly want to serve others in their journey to living well on less.
Since I’ve started this blogging adventure, I’ve been trying to write posts during my “down time” and at night after everyone’s in bed. Since our computer is currently in our bedroom, I havn’t been able to get much done while Mr LF sleeps. (He’s an early riser, early to bed kind of guy)
So, the other night Mr LF takes a look at a local facebook buy and sell group and right away sees a laptop posted 30 minutes earlier for $75. Seventy-five dollars y’all!!
The next morning he drives just out of town to pick it up. It’s 10 years old and the battery no longer works, HOWEVER, I can use it in the living room or on the kitchen table! I was even able to install photoshop and illustrator on it so that I can do the graphic work I need to for the blog as well as for a side gig that I have every so often.
Praise the LORD!
I didn’t NEED a laptop. I had a thought that it might be nice to have, but I would never have actively pursued buying one new or used!
Anywho… here I am typing in my kitchen on my new laptop! So thankful. Not all impulse buys are bad decisions.
2. We picked flowers out of a ditch.
This makes me chuckle. I really love my neighbourhood. Even though it’s not the classiest part of town and the grass might grow a little taller, it’s a wonderful place to live, and the other day when we walked to the school playground, we stopped by the side of the road on our way home to pick flowers: out of the ditch!
Some kind person has sweetpeas (or at least I think they’re sweet peas) planted in their ditch and since there’s an over abundance and they’re almost onto the road, we picked to enjoy at home.
They were beautiful and even lasted several days!
3. We’re eating out of the garden.
Greens for days have been blended up and made into green eggs, added to spaghetti sauce, soups and eaten on their own cooked or raw in salad.
The kids have been enjoying picking their own carrots to eat and I think I’ve decided that picking and eating garden carrots is a must. They are SO much better than store bought.
4. We got free veggies from a community garden.
Theodore, Estherlyn and I went out of town on an adventure and ended up at a local community garden.
They had it opened this particular day to hand out veggies given to them by other gardeners who had a surplus. What an amazing idea!
We arrived at the end of their day, so they were more than happy to give us a bag of carrots, a half of a red cabbage, tomatoes and a meals worth of baby potatoes that I roasted for supper this week.
5. We drew pictures using Art For Kids Hub.
I’ve been looking for some easy ways that my kids can practice their drawing skills in new ways. last month we’ve been using a blog and YouTube channel called Art For Kids Hub, and the lessons are amazing.
My kids love following along with Rob and his kids as they explain step by step how to draw everything from a candy cane to a princess.
I should do a post promoting his site and videos because they are THAT GOOD!! Thanks Rob and fam!! (I don’t know him, I just think that he does a quality job instructing kids through simple and more complicated drawings while encouraging them to have fun.)
And that concludes my list for the week. Now it’s your turn! What frugal adventures have you found yourself on? Or are you faithfully completing the same advantageous frugal things every week?
I would love to hear what frugal life looks like in your home!
Don’t forget to take a peek at what Clare’s been up to this week for her Five Frugal Things.