Hello, and thanks for visiting my first post of Thrifty Soul! In it, I am hoping to not only share some pearls of a hard-gained thriftster (some might call it cheapskate-in-residence), but occasionally combine it with fun things to actually do. Once in a while, I might even toss out an idea or two for making a few extra bucks to feed the fees (be they craft costs, the envelope in the mattress, or god forbid, bank fees). Sometimes, you might end up hearing stories of Marbles and His Marvelous Tail, if my dog has done something so extraordinarily interesting.
I hope you will take the time to comment, especially if it’s ideas for future entries or projects to try. REAL ways to make a little spare cash, such as postings of craft shows within reason, are welcome, spammers are NOT. Spammers are NOT welcome and will be offered lodgings over an open pit of pit vipers. My mouse hovers over the block button. Trolls will be fed to my pet dragon, Sparky. He loves trolls. I can’t afford to feed him high-speed dragon food from PetsWag.
Other bloggers, please make yourself at home. The coffee is usually on. It might be instant. For coffee purists, until recently, I was a snob about instant and would never let it cross my lips. However, I love Starbucks Via…mocha is my favorite!. Your Thrifty Tip for today: for one 12-ounce mug, i have found that if I fill a 1/8 measuring cup halfway with the Via powder and top it off with the “International” Suisse Mocha Cafe mix, I can reduce the cost of the beverage significantly and actually add a bit of the cocoa flavor I crave, as well. Still with only about 60 calories per 8-oz cup (I am also trying to control my calories – you’ll likely hear a little of that, too, sadly, but I’ll save it for later).
I’m a stay-at-home for the most part, although I do pick up independent jobs now and then. I am a regular beader and jewelry maker with a site on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/JustLovelyJewelry). I also have one on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/shop/pawscharming) that is open and designed to generate donations to pet charities in my area, but it is under construction at the moment with just one necklace available. I have a miracle stroke survivor for a husband and two dogs, a Maltese named “Marbles” and a black lab named…wait for it….”Buddy” at home. Up and out are: 4 kids, 8 grandkids, and a burgeoning assortment of extremely entertaining great-grandkids (currently, the count is at 9). After many years spent in the Army, wonderful Hubby and I moved around a bit until our antsy feet were able to slow down and we now live in his hometown in northern Indiana. It’s a change for me, as I grew up in a very large General Motors city (known as Buicktown), and this is rather rural.
I also have a smattering of spinal disorders, undoubtedly either stemming from or aggravated by my time in service, and crafting helps pass the time when I can’t do much else. Wondering why my floors aren’t vacuumed? I have a good excuse! I do, I really do! LOL!
All this said, I’ve bored you enough with me, so that’s enough for today, and you can move on to your nap now. Thanks for stopping by! See? You just spent a couple of minutes and paid nothing, leaving with your first Thrifty Tip! Thrrrrrifty! 🙂