1. Lisey taught Zoe how to change her oil
Zoe drives a little Civic and it needed an oil change. So, Lisey went out into the driveway with her and helped Zoe do it.
And now we are a household of women that know how to do oil changes, all thanks to Lisey. 🙂
I really like how Lisey has adopted the whole “You don’t need whiskers to do that.” attitude.
2. Zoe and I used our carpet cleaner
She had some spots on her bedroom rug that needed cleaning, and I wanted to clean a kitchen rug (that I’d gotten from the Buy Nothing group) and the laundry room rug that was already here at the rental house when I moved in.
A carpet cleaner definitely pays for itself over time as compared to renting, particularly if you have wall to wall carpet (which I did in some areas of my other house.)
And even at this house, which has hard floors everywhere, it is handy to have the carpet cleaner for cleaning area rugs.
Plus, if you own a carpet cleaner, you can get it out for relatively small jobs like Zoe and I did. If you rent one, then you feel like you gotta clean every carpet in the whole house that day!
(I have a very old Hoover carpet cleaner; this current Hoover model looks pretty similar to what I have.)
3. I mended a pair of jeans
This pair of Old Navy jeans has* been with me for many years, and they’re mostly fine, aside from a hole that’s sprouting by the zipper.
*autocorrect is telling me that I should use “have” here. Isn’t that wrong? I thought you figure this out by mentally removing the prepositional phrase (of Old Navy jeans) and then choosing the form of “have”. Like, you’d say, “This pair has been with me.”, not, “This pair have been with me.”
I cut out a scrap of old denim fabric from my rag bag, pinned it on the inside of the jeans, and then sewed it on, disguising my stitches as much as possible over the existing stitches.
The fix is slightly noticeable if you look closely, but presumably, no one is going to be inspecting the zipper area of my jeans that closely when I am out and about (!!).
So, I’m not fussed about it.
(Scroll down to item #2 in this post for more details on doing a mostly invisible inside patch on clothing.)
4. I got some throw pillows from a “free stuff” group
I am part of my Buy Nothing group but there’s also another free stuff Facebook group I’m in.
Someone there was offering some neutral throw pillows, and lucky me, I was the first one to respond!
I threw them into the washing machine when I got home, fluffed them in the dryer, let them air dry, and now they’re on my previously pillow-less couch. Yay!
Throw pillows are a nice but not necessary thing, so I don’t know that I would have gone out to buy these. But for free? I’m totally happy to have them.
No money out of my pocket, and now my house is slightly homier. That’s a win for me.
So many of my freebie efforts this last year have been centered around making my house into a comfy home.
And now, almost a year in, things are looking pretty nice in here! Lots of small efforts have added up over time.
- made iced coffee with yesterday’s leftover coffee
- bought some clearance bar soap at Sam’s for $0.49/bar
- ate lots of homemade yogurt (a ridiculously cheap food!)