Repurposed Dishwasher Parts And Sunday Round Up

Our dishwasher may have died, but I’m finding ways to give its parts a new life.  I’m a scrapbooker, and I love pens.  I do a lot of writing on my pages, and have quite a few pens.  Until today, they lived in a drawer, all jumbled together.  Now they are neatly organized in the cutlery holder from our old dishwasher.  It’s perfect – portable, organized, and big enough for all my pens with room to spare:


Here’s some good stuff I found around the blogosphere this week:

The Thrifty Chicks have a wonderful article about children and thrift stores.  I grew up shopping at yard sales, and I remember looking forward to it all week.  We would get the newspaper, plan our route, and spend all of Saturday morning at yard sales.  When I was in high school, we took a family vacation to a big city several hours from our home.  It turned out to be very touristy, and everything was expensive.  So on a whim, my parents stopped at a Goodwill.  We discovered that the city had several great thrift stores, and spent the rest of our vacation happily hunting for bargains.  After that we would return every summer for our thrift store vacation.  We never did visit the tourist traps – the whole family had so much fun in the thrift stores that there was no need for anything else.

In the Frugal Blog Network,

Tight Fisted Miser has a compilation of his best posts from 2008 – check them out if you missed them the first time.

Almost Frugal is saving for retirement with a budget that is already so tight it squeaks.  A few years ago, we were working to pay off debt and didn’t have an emergency fund.  We set up an online account and put $100/month into it.  The payments went in automatically, and after a few raids early in the process, we managed to stop dipping into it 2 years ago.  It’s tough to build savings when you’re paying off debt at the same time, but the psychological boost is considerable, and I wish Kelly and her family all the best.

Frugal Zeitgeist did a little shopping.  I would say $1.09 over-budget is pretty darn good.  Well done, FZ!

Frugal Duchess has the scoop on how to watch the inauguration for free, in the comfort of your own home.  As much as I’d love to be at such an historic event, I think I’ll enjoy it more on my couch.

Not Made Of Money has written about paying down the mortgage early.  This is our number one financial goal at the moment.  We cleared out the rest of our debt in 2007, and we’ve ramped up our mortgage repayment schedule.  Even if we end up moving, we do not want to be making mortgage payments for the next 20 or 30 years.

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  1. says

    Using that old dishwasher cutlery basket as a pen holder? Brilliant! What a great idea! I’m going to check Freecycle for one; that would surely help out in our homeschool-room.

    Thanks for the compliments about my food pics. If you lived closer, I’d invite you and Frugalbaby over to eat :)

    How is your switch to veganism going? That’s great that your hubby was willing to go vegan, and I hope it’s been a smooth transition for you. Since you already ate so well (and nearly vegan) I’m hoping the diet shift has been a breeze.

    Your financial goals are impressive. Paying off your mortgage early is an excellent goal! You inspire me — I get so much out of reading your website!

  2. FrugalBabe says

    Thanks Sheri! The switch to veganism has been pretty easy. What we’ve come up with is that we’re vegan at home, but flexible if we eat at someone else’s house. I don’t want to make a host feel uncomfortable (either by us not eating, or by having to come up with vegan options for us). It’s not really a big deal, since we only eat at other people’s houses once or twice a month.

  3. Peg says

    I just wanted to throw out there that is is generally recommended to store scrapbooking pens on their sides vs. their ends so if you can turn the basket on its side, you might get a little longer life out of your pens. Love the repurposing though!


  4. FrugalBabe says

    Thanks for the tip Peg! So I guess my drawer full of pens was a good thing after all :) The cutlery holder turned pen holder is now on its side – hopefully my pens will last a long time!

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