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Google saved me a trip to the vacuum repair store (+4 more frugal things)

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1. I fixed my vacuum.

One of my kids was vacuuming and somehow the whole thing tipped over and got stuck in the non-upright position.

Miele twist won't stand up

I fiddled with it a bit and couldn’t get it to pop back up. I was about to give up, but I did a little googling and found the answer on a forum.

I just had to push a collar back while gently pushing the vacuum into the upright position. It took me a couple of tries, but I got it snapped back up correctly.  Yay!

Now I don’t have to take a trip to the vacuum repair man.

(The vacuum we have is the Miele Twist, and it looks like maybe the Miele Dynamic is the most modern version? My Miele was $399 and I bought it over six years ago.  Still going strong and I think it was worth it to pay for better quality.)

2. I made a Father’s Day card for Mr. FG.

This is not 100% about frugality.

Rather, I sometimes decide that I don’t feel like fussing with making a card, and then I go shop for one. And 9 times out of 10, I can’t find one that says what I want it to say.

Easy DIY Father's Day Card

I like cards that aren’t hyperbolic (no one is a perfect dad!), and it’s super hard to find one that says what I actually want to say.

Add to that the fact that cards run $5-7 these days, and I usually find myself freshly motivated to make a card.

(Another option I sometimes take is buying a pack of simple generic cards that can be used for any occasion.)

Because what YOU write in the card is far more important than what’s printed there, I think.

3. I cooked a Father’s Day meal at home.

I bought shrimp and scallops, which are not exactly in the budget every week.  However, if we took the six of us out to a sit-down restaurant for similar fare, we’d be well above $100 in a minute.

For $40 at the grocery store, though, I had the fixings for a seafood meal, plus enough for Monday’s lunch for Mr. FG.

4. I softened brown sugar with a bread heel.

It worked like magic!

soften brown sugar with breadac

You can see more photos and videos of the process on my Instagram highlights by clicking right here.

brown sugar

5. I helped Joshua find a secondhand dresser.

We found one he wanted to buy on Facebook marketplace and we’re picking it up tonight. Because my van is significantly better for furniture-hauling than his Civic is. 😉


What money-saving things have you done lately? Share in the comments.

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