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Do Rather Than Buy: Part 2

January 8th, 2007 at 09:13 pm

Mulling over the Do not Buy philosophy today, I happened to pass a church with a reader board out front,
"Whatcha gonna do with whatcha got?" and I started thinking more seriously about what it is I can be DOING to move myself along my list of goals.

When the same idea hits me from several directions at the same time, I know it is time to take a closer look. It's always something I already knew, but need to learn again or something.

Oddly enough, the first thing I did when heading out today was to SPEND money. What's with that you say??? I know......me too. But, all my projects here that can be done are hinging on needing a drill. I have the materials (most anyway), the person to do the jobs free of charge and the ideas of what needs to be done.........but a flaky drill that isn't mine. So, I'm the proud owner of a drill now, and lining projects up right and left!

Also stopped on the way home at the trailhead closest to home and walked for 30 minutes. Had one of my boys with me & he was at his limit....but it was a great walk.

And, just to tempt the universe or something, I checked Craigs list for bathtubs (my one real WANT here) and have found 3 online in our area...all under $100. One new that was used as a demo in a condo, 2 others that look fantastic too.... We'll see if any of them pan out...and if so, how amazing would that be?

Brought in an armful of fabrics I had been saving (like they need to age or something??) and have them strewn about my room, to see what works & to get my ideas firmed up. I can see a headboard recovering project & some new shams....along with the window coverings.

Finished a very frugal project this evening, by recovering my ironing board with things from the stash. I had fleeting thoughts of buying a new cover....and then banished them quickly. My ironing board is now beautifully new and just exactly like I want it! Free too!

So, a productive day......even got paid for one of the week end kids.... Will keep pondering the Do not Buy idea around here and see how much I can get accomplished.

4 Responses to “Do Rather Than Buy: Part 2”

  1. mbkonef Says:

    I really like your Do, Not Buy idea and an going to see how I can put it to use with my personal challenge to do some new frugal thing each day. I too have lots of project stuff around but need to force myself to find the time to tackle things, even if just 15 minutes at a time. One of my favorite things to remind myself when I get hit by the shopping/buying bug is "Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without". I love when I can get creative and come up with something at no extra cost like your ironing board cover. Way to go!

  2. The Dollar Diva Says:

    I like the idea of just "doing" because I'm so bad at that. If I would "do" more I think I would automatically spend less. For one thing I would get the house in order, find things I know I have but end up buying more of because I can't find them!

    I believe fabrics do need to age! I have some fabric that my mom had bought (and saved) and now I have it and she passed away over 36 years ago!!! I just can't decide what to do with it. Smile

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