I got to a section in my beautiful shawl that I had to take out and redo a couple times, so I have put it away at least for today and instead have been sewing and quilting and working on my cards, creative wise.
Meanwhile, here's what's been happening around the old homestead to save some retirement cash. And where I've spent.
1. While I'm looking forward to getting a pedicure someday, I'm happy to say that on the personal care, keeping healthy front I'm feeling pretty self sufficient these days. After purchasing a good pair of clippers, I feel confident that I can do my hair every month just as as easily as any one else, and since I've found ways to work out at home and in the neighborhood, I no longer feel that I am missing my workout classes or the pool (I don't have silver sneakers and walking in the pool was not a social event for me). While it may be limited savings in some area, it's also time savings. And any small thing that ads to savings for Texas these days I count as worth while.
2. I visited two or three (or maybe more) of my favorite clothing and household online stores this week, and even threw a few things in the virtual shopping carts-only to remove items or leave the shopping card sitting as it was. While I wouldn't mind a few summery throw pillows and such in the living room, I need nothing, especially clothing at this exact point in time.
3. Groceries are back in the acceptable range, and were actually in budget for this week so far (there may be some last minute grill shopping this weekend at some point).We are all eating at home and eating well, including happy hour type foods and gourmet desserts. We rarely order in although I would not object to increasing that a bit.
4. I've gotten rid of some of my memberships after I did an end of month budget summary this week. I don't need three online class options, four streaming options (all at the same time), kindle unlimited, or some of the other things I've been spending money on. I still have plenty of entertainment, digital, virtual and otherwise with what is left and can change things out as I feel the need.
5. In addition to providing beauty and warmth and relaxation, our yard has other advantages. While we cannot grow many things due to rabbits, we do have wild grapevines, a cherry tree (its a contest between us and the squirrels some weeks) and in addition to herbs we have a bumper crop of kale. So we've had cherry pies, kale at multiple meals, (sorry Chris), grapes and grape juice and and appreciated many flower arrangments this week, both wild and planted.
6. While I'm unsure of the money savings in the long run considering the cost of good quality fabric and yarn, I decided that between stores on hand, some shopping and my at home status, homemade gifts for everyone on my list except maybe a couple surprises for my kids are in order. I'll be able to share only the end results of those who don't visit the blog. I've been urged to begin selling again but that would depend on the hands on time available and the price people can/will pay.
Into this week some spending did come. While I won't consider these costs unfrugal as such, there was non essential/non budgeted spending for the week.
1. I placed a large Amazon order that included a new puzzle for the puzzle solver in the house, a yarn winder for me and a swift for me, some yarn accessories and really good socks for the person who is on his feet ten hours a day. The socks were needed and the other items facilitated at home satisfaction and self entertainment. I also have some fabric arriving that is pre-ordered and pre-paid.
2. I purchased canned goods and dog food for the Meals on Wheels recipients who are getting grocery bags of food these days as an extra. I also ordered some blank cards and envelopes so that I can make more cards and write more letters to that same group of people, and I am purchasing various craft and amusement items for the children that are being housed in the strip motels instead of our normal church basements. In the normal times, my contributions are more along the lines of talent and time, but treasure is what is needed now so I have changed the budget to accomodate this.
I hope everyone has a lovely 4th. We'll probably stay home tomorrow and protect the dogs from the thunder and fireworks while keeping the house closed up, and have our family grilling or cookout on Sunday (during which time I have been promised smores!). After twenty years in Washington DC, I tend to be of the "there are no better fireworks so I'll watch em on TV anyway", school of thought.