Last month, I decided to see how long I could go without grocery shopping, just by using up the stuff I already had on hand in our cupboards and freezer. I hadn’t been stockpiling anything and we didn’t have a huge amount of food stored, but it was 15 days between shopping trips, as opposed to my normal 7. And when I did go back to the grocery store, our bill was only about $40 higher than it usually is, so it was definitely worth some kitchen creativity to use up some of what we had on hand before buying more groceries.
There’s a great Goodwill just around the corner from the grocery store, so I decided to treat myself to a little thrifting that afternoon. I spend a total of $42 at Goodwill…
We are going to a wedding in June, and I went looking for a new dress to wear. I found this, plus shoes that are a perfect match and were still tied together with the little string that retailers use to keep pairs together:
I got a great stainless steel bowl that I’m planning to use as a planter, and a black pan that I can use to sun dry tomatoes this summer. I also got a cute little wooden step stool for our son to use in the bathroom – and it folds into a chair too! In the pan you can also see some Melissa & Doug wooden stensils:
A friend of mine is expecting a baby girl this spring, and I got this adorable little dress/bloomers set, along with about four yards of super cute fabric that I will use to make something for the baby. I haven’t decided what I’m making yet, but I’m sure inspiration will strike:
I also got a complete croquet set for out backyard:
And even though I know that I don’t need any more clothes, I did buy two tops for myself. The brown one is LOLE, and I could tell it was a well made shirt as soon as I saw it. After I got home, I looked up their website, and all of their basic long sleeved shirts sell for about $45 – $60:
All of that for $42.
Thanks Goodwill, for making it possible for us to have nice stuff and still fund our retirement accounts!