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Five Frugal Things

Five Frugal Things seems appropriate on a Friday, no?

So, here we go…

1. I crisped lettuce.

The way lettuce crisps up after a little soak in cold water?   Well, it never ceases to amaze me.

soak lettuce in cold water to crisp

Even the wiltiest leaves manage to become perky again.

It’s kind of magical, people.

2. I fixed Sonia’s skirt.

Sonia’s beloved black and white bubble skirt came apart at the gathered waistband.

skirt fix

I sewed a loose new stitch on the fallen-apart section, pulled on the string to gather it, and then sewed the newly gathered part back on to the skirt.

Good as new!

mended skirt

3. I ordered clothes online and promptly returned the rejects.

Joshua is a slender 6 feet tall these days, and mostly leg, so he has long outgrown the sizes that can be easily found in stores.

And you can forget about trying to shop second-hand for him.

Mercifully, American Eagle’s website sells pants in sizes like 28×34, and that has been our salvation.

I basically want to give American Eagle a big kiss.

(Which you will understand if you have spent the last 16 years trying to buy clothes for very slender children.)

American Eagle return

Anyway, when I saw that jeans were buy one, get one 50% off, I ordered him two new pairs.   I also ordered a few things for Lisey, two of which fit, and two of which didn’t.

And instead of putting off the return, I did it the very same day.   Yay me!


(Also, I remembered to go to TopCashBack before I shopped, so I’m getting a little bit of my purchase back.)

(I’m not affiliated with American Eagle. Just super excited about jeans that fit my boy.)

4. I mended two other things.

I’d already put my sewing machine away when I took a shirt out of the laundry and realized it had an underarm hole.

So I got out my sewing machine and fixed it right away.

mended jellyfish shirt

This is huge for me, because oh, I tend to put off mending so badly!

Then I remembered that Lisey’s dress had a loose seam, so I fixed that too.

I had no coral thread, but it was a hidden seam, so I just used hot pink and called it good.

mended dress

I may not churn out lovely creations with my sewing machine, but the mending I do with it has saved me SO MUCH MONEY over the years.

It’s like I say…if you want to save money with your sewing skills, learn how to mend.

5. I waited for an AdoramaPix coupon.

When I saw AdoramaPix was having a photo book sale, I hunkered down and made a big ol’ six-month photo book.

(Here’s why I adore the photo books from AdoramaPix.)

adoramapix photo book

Sadly, I misread the sale and finished one day too late.

(So brilliant.)

But I saved my book draft on Adorama and waited patiently because coupons come to those who wait.

Most of the time.

adorama pix spread

A few weeks later, I got an email saying AdoramaPix started an affiliate program, and they included a 25% off coupon code for me and my readers.   Yay!!

So, I used it and ordered my book.

adorama pix

If you’d like to try a book for 25% off, click here to visit AdoramaPix, and then use code PKBKAFF20 during checkout.   The code is only good through September 30th, so get busy making a book if you want to use it!

Small tip: Expedited shipping is crazy expensive on AdoramaPix and totally not worth it.   I choose the free shipping option every time and my order arrives promptly.


Want to take a turn?   List five frugal things of your own in the comments!

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Thursday 1st of October 2015

I'm baaack! lol

Just wanted you to know that your link to Adorama on *this* post didn't work for me.

Also, it auto chose Luster? for the paper. Should I have chosen glossy? Oops! Small tears.


Thursday 1st of October 2015

2014 Year in Review Photobook done! 25% off! Ordered! Thanks! 100 pages. costs $127, total! Woot! I made the collages in Picasa. Picture pile is awesome....just move the pictures around to get the layout you want. Saved as 8 X 10 collage....all 100 "pictures" that I imported were really collages! Drop the pages in and done! Make the collages once a week (in my reality, once a month) and making a photobook couldn't be easier or faster!

-April my blog

bah, ha, ha, ha, ha!

*someday* I will use that domain! It looks something like my previous domain. Blush.

Thank you for blogging! Thanks for sharing your coupon codes!


Thursday 1st of October 2015

Yay! I'm so glad your book is done. I know the feeling of doing it right before the deadline. Ahem.


Wednesday 30th of September 2015

I have two hours left to finish my photo book before your coupon expires.

Can I put a title on the binding of an adorama book? Google is not answering!!!


I know I'll just have to order this one without because you're sleeping, but next time.....


Thursday 1st of October 2015

You totally can-all of my photo books have the month and year on the binding. I put the month range up at the top and then the year down at the very bottom, for easy categorizing of the books on the shelf.

Tina in NJ

Wednesday 23rd of September 2015

Re: slim pants. I was able to find jeans for my brother-in-law at Kohl's in the Young Men's section. He's really skinny, but not particularly tall. Just my 2 cents, for what it's worth.


Wednesday 23rd of September 2015

Yes! Levis makes some great jeans with a narrow waist, which worked for Joshua for a while. But then when he got so tall, we were out of luck...Kohls, even online, only carries the narrow waist sizes with average lengths. So if you need super skinny and super long, then it's a no-go.


Sunday 20th of September 2015

I feel like these comments are a glimpse into my future, re: tall slim boys. I'm filing the advice about the police/fire clothing website away for the future.

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