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Monday Frugal Update and Whatnot

Hello all! Welcome to the chaos again! Well, not chaos, but I think we have moved past the normal busyness and into craziness!

At least, we got two medical mysteries solved at our house and are moving towards recovery and solutions to the mysteries. Jordan's upset stomachs are due to gastritis and duodenitis. Both can be easy treated and managed so that is a relief. For Shali, what was thought to be a strained groin is a sport hernia. Explains why she was not healing and still in pain. Hopefully, the surgeon will be able to administer a field block on Monday and she will be able to move and play with considerably less pain.

As for my other two kids, they need to stay healthy. That is all I will say about that.

Otherwise, we have been going to games and decluttering the house. Both take up a lot of time!

The frugal happening this week include:

1. I bought an office chair and used air popper with credit I had at the consignment shop. Both had broken down and were very much missed. Total cost of both things were $4.00. Buy used and save the difference!

2. I listed things on eBay to make a little money and get rid of some of the clutter in the office.

3. I had not replaced the microwave yet that met an unfortunate end the week before Christmas. I thought we were doing well without one and were adjusting nicely. However, Rob thought I was possibly torturing the kids by not having one so he bought us one on Sunday. I might still try to not use it so much, but I will not promise anything for the kids! I am still much appreciative that he did buy one for us!

4. I did break down and hire a plumber to fix the leaky faucet and cold water shut-off valve under one of the sinks. Sometimes this is the better route when it comes to time and expertise. Also, I lack the knowledge and  sometimes more things break when I am trying to fix one thing. You know how that can go!

5. I also bought twenty more books for $1.00 at the thrift shop for home use. I love those kind of deals!

6. I started a whole house decluttering. Nothing more frugal than that! I took four bags of things to the thrift shop last week and have four more ready to go.

7. I started three avocado plants last Monday from seed that came from three avocados I bought at the grocery store. I am happy with their progress so far.

8. I downloaded more Kindle books for free! Love free!

9. Rob brought some cat food to use from a case that was broken in his trailer. Free cat food makes for happy cat parents as well as happy cats!

10. I did some comparison shopping on organic foods and natural foods from different stores. We are starting to go more and more down this road, but we need to make sure our money is being spent wisely and stretches as far as possible.

On another note, the body wash experiment from two weeks ago was a total failure so back to the drawing board. I would like to find a cheaper alternative than buying the bottles of it in the store. For the "good" kinds that don't irritate the heck out of our skin, we will be spending $4.00-6.00 a bottle without coupons. This adds up with four gals using it in our house. I will keep searching!

Thanks for reading! Have a great night!

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