Preparing for Snow

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Snow is a big deal here below the Mason Dixon line. If we see two snow days a year of an inch or more we parade in the streets. Or rather we pile up on 95 and curse the day that snow was ever invented and wish for the 112 degree days of summer. But I digress. Sometimes snow does arrive.

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If you are a parent nothing is worse than having your littles wake up and be anxious to play in the snow and you realize you have nothing for them to wear but snowpants that are two sizes to small and one glove.

Years ago this would have been a scene from own life. Until I learned to plan.

One of the best ways to save money is to plan ahead. I do my best planning during yard sale season. Here in the South yard sale season runs from March to November.

All of my children’s snow gear this year has been purchased at a yard sale. With the exception of two coats. I did not pay more than 25 cents a piece for an item. All of the gear came to under $10. It could have cost hundreds. This would have broken us and been out of line with my saving money mantra.

This summer when it was baking hot I kept my eyes out for snow gear. Hats, mittens, boots, gloves, coats and snow pants. I just washed them, put them aside and waited.

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When the snow finally did come(a week later) the kids were overjoyed that each had their own gloves, hats and snow pants and were out the door in 5 minutes. I was overjoyed that I had planned well and SAVED hundreds.

Pretty fancy right?

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Tightwad Mondays-Decorating

I like pretty things.  I like things that are shiny and pretty and sometimes not so pretty,.

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I have an obsession with weird farm animal things. The pigs are a favorite.

I homeschool my children and spend a great deal of time at home (sometimes.) I like my home to be filled with pretty things that are pleasing to the senses.

Sounds good right?

Not so easy when your goal is to save money and you have seven children.

So we improvise.

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Nadia and Moo found this in the yard. They have assured me that it is a tumbleweed from the desert.

Thankfully we have the goodwill outlet to help us along.

Last week I tried to do this by attempting to make a book page wreath. There are tons of tutorials on the internet. I followed this one from the fabulous The Nester Blog. I will admit I was intimidated.

I knew that my wreath would not turn out like the tutorial.

I was ok with that.

If my wreath was different that was ok because it was mine and I had made it. (being a perfectionist can be crippling. Thank you FlyLady.)

It took about an hour and I did suffer lots of burns from the glue gun (It was my first time using it. It should really come with an instruction manual) but I am pleased by how it turned out.

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Not perfect but definitely me. 

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Cost to make came to about $1.00. I purchased the wreath from the outlet and the books the books had been given to us. I only had to pay for the glue sticks. 

Pretty fancy.