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Busy, productive, inexpensive day

August 4th, 2013 at 12:32 am

Today was a very productive day.

I had a sleepover last night with DD1's two little ones so DD1 and SIL could go out for SILs birthday. The grandbabies were up by 6am and I needed to have them home by 9ish for soccer.

After I dropped them off, I went and got my grandsons birthday present. He turns 5 tomorrow and is about to start kindergarten, so I got a back pack- which came with a free lunch kit. I also got him a Power Rangers toy that he really wanted. I have a budget for birthdays with a set amount for each person, and his came in just under...I also bought 4 boxes of crayons (24) for .25 for each box. Those always come in handy for grandkid visits and stocking stuffers.

Then, I went to the dollar store for the wrapping. While there I bought a couple of birthday cards for friends. (August and September are very busy birthday months for me!!)

Then, I stopped by a local spa and bought a gift certificate for DD2s birthday next month. (again, within budget) THis is the daughter who has 2 of her own and Z, our little foster guy...she is also a single mom that works full a massage is perfect for her!

Then, I went to the library and spent TWO HOURS browsing. I checked out two more books on CD and 5 books -1 short novel, a cookbook, a book about people of the stone age, a book on frugality, which DD3 is probably going to borrow and a non-fiction from an author I wanted to read. I just love the library. The books on CD are wonderful when you have a 25 minute commute. I look forward to the drive and the time flies. Sadly, our library system is on the chopping block if the budget doesn't pencil out. I got there before they opened and counted 30 people waiting for it to open. By the time I left the library it was once again (as every Saturday I am there) VERY busy.

Finally, I came home and tossed some boneless ribs and potatoes in the crockpot for dinner and did some housework. Now I am enjoying a late afternoon visit with DD3 who is home from Alaska. She wanted to watch Project Runway, so we are watching it together and enjoying critiquing.

Tomorrow is the birthday party for SIL and GS. It will also be laundry day.

All in all a great weekend so far.

4 Responses to “Busy, productive, inexpensive day”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That probably is one of my favorite things to do too - just browsing in the library. Smile Never know what you might find.

  2. Wino Says:

    I am going to make a prediction: You and your family live in a northern climate. Looking at a calendar with August and September birthdays tells me that a bit of snuggling is going on from November to January.

  3. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    TRay, try making some cards - it is so fun and easy! cut out stuff from catalogs, newspaper, junk mail and rearrange on a folded paper (even computer paper works). You have seen the ones I do? there's some Get Well and I love You on my website and also on the left sidebar of my blog.

  4. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Laura- I spent two hours there. And loved every second. I just love all of the options and look forward to when I get home and start reading. Im always carting a book or two..and my kindle...everywhere I go!

    Wino- that's funny. I have the same thoughts when birthdays are clumped together. Smile
    PCJ- I got them at the dollar store for .50 each, so I don't feel too bad about the cost. I will take a look at your cards-they sound nice!

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