Category Archives: Thrifty Thursdays

Guest Blog: Be a DIY Diva

Thank you to Ryan over at Calm Clinic for the post

If you’re looking for a new hobby, getting into arts and crafts is your best option. It’s easy, fun, and inexpensive, and you will surely enjoy every minute of it. When you come home after a long day, check in on your art supplies and think about what you can do to relax your mind and liven up your spirit. Whatever may have been an anxiety cause can be buried under the delight of getting crafty and inventive. There are a lot of websites you can draw inspiration from to start on your DIY projects, and here are some suggestions on what you can do to get started on being artsy fartsy.

Deconstruct your clothes

Does your closet need a revamp? You don’t have to spend so much money for a new wardrobe. What you can do instead is to take all those old tops and cut them up into new ones! It’s so easy – get started by making tank tops out of old shirts. Fashion them into gym tops by tying them at the back, or go for a summer top by tying them in the front. Look for patterns on the Internet to inspire you, and don’t forget to think of your own style.

Of course, for the fun of it, you can always go for good old tie-dye shirts. Doing it with friends and throwing a hippie party after would be fun. If you feel like keeping up with the latest trends, dip-dying your shorts can also be a good idea. While you’re at it, you can stud them with spikes. This way, you not only end up with good-as-new comfortable pieces of clothing, you also save and explore new styles that could suit you.

Try sewing or crocheting

Who says crocheting is only for your adorable grandmother? There are a lot of things you can create with that string, yarn, and hook if you only try. You can make a lot of gifts for people through crocheting, and you can also use it to update your wardrobe. Crocheting is a very cheap hobby, and it’s also fun to see what you can create while just sitting idly on your couch or even on the bus to work. You can do it whenever you have free time, so you can create more things and marvel at what you can do with just a needle and string.

You can crochet small things like pot holders or coasters for starters. Use it around your house so you wouldn’t have to buy. Next, you can try things like smartphone holders or small pouches. You can give these away to friends and family just to show something for what you’ve been up to. Then you can try crocheting fashionable items like beanies and collars as additions to your accessories. These will be cute updates to your outfits, and you can also take that opportunity to show off you crocheting skills to people.

These are good ideas for starting on being a DIY diva. When you’re ready to explore other DIY activities, you can try getting crafty by assembling furniture or home decor for your living space. Try gluing Scrabble letters together for coasters, creating body pillows out of throw pillow cases, or gluing corks onto a frame to create a bulletin board. Search the Internet for inspiration and see what you can do with only little materials and time on your hands. The best part is it will be fun the whole time.

Thrifty Thursdays: DIY Ways to Wear a Men’s Button-Up Shirt

I decided to post this after a friend of mine and I had a discussion yesterday about what to do during a “walk of shame”. A quick google search brought me to this and I love it. Even though I don’t have a bf or a potential “walk of shame” partner, I am going to go to the thrift store and try this out on a large old men’s button-up anyway. Enjoy!

Thrifty Thursdays: DIY Drawstring Bag

Thrifty Thursday via Glitter and Glue

I have been building up my DIY blog following over the last few days. One of my new favorites is Glitter and Glue. Kristen’s blog is youg and fun and the projects are easy. Today I wanted to share her tutorial for
her DIY Chanel Inspired Transparent Bag. I think it’s really cute and as soon as I get some free time I will trying it. Please check out this tutorial and the many others she has.

Thrifty Thursdays: #Surviveon35 Summary

Lets see: 2 girls, $33. How did we do so far? Well, actually, it hasn’t been that bad, just a lot of leftovers. Could I do this forever? Yep! Is it easy? No. Mainly, it requires a lot of thought and planning. I like it though, it caused me to get creative with my cooking and meal planning this week. When I restock on Saturday I will have to get staples like milk, eggs, and peanut butter. This week really helped me realize just how much money I waste on junk and fast food. Because of this, I am going to give it up for the month of August as well. I mean, I very rarely eat it now, (maybe 2-3 times a month) but I want to go cold turkey and clean up my eating habits a bit more. I will do another post Saturday as my official wrap up to week 1 of my #surviveon35.

Later!

Thrifty Thursdays: #Surviveon35 Could you survive on $35 a week for groceries?

I read posts on two fellow bloggers (Lean Green Bean and Bess Be Fit)  sites about this challenge and I love the idea. I currently spend $150-$300 on groceries and food per month  for two people both eating out and in. Because of my current financial I have decided to cut back, and I am going to up the ante a bit for myself. I am going to spend $25 a week, between myself and my sister, starting Sunday, on groceries each week. The challenge will end August 26th. I know, I know, crazy right? I won’t be eating out, and I will be taking a lot more time to plan my meals. This challenge will require disclipine and I look forward to it. Good luck to all that are doing the #surviveon35 challenge, however. 🙂

 

Thrifty Thursdays: 10 Ways I Use Vinegar

  1. Sweat stains: I soak my gym gloves and ipod holder in a 1/2 cup of vinegar and a basin of water  for about 15 minutes, rise, and let dry (can also be used on workout clothes)
  2. Ant killer, kills and removes the scent of their trail (great if you have pets)
  3. Kitchen degreaser, (1 part vinegar 1 part water in spray bottle) I use it on my counters after cooking (followed by bleach spray)
  4. Window Cleaner (half vineger and half water in a spray bottle) 
  5.  Gets rid of buildup on scalp (soak a cotton ball in it and run it over the part at your scalp)
  6. Dishwasher rinse aid (helps with grease buildup and makes your dishwasher fresher), just put it whereever your rinse aid is supposed to go.
  7. Deodorizer (you can also soak smelly shoes in it, 1 part vinegar, 1 part water, overnight, rinse and let air dry).
  8. Soothes bug bites (cotton ball soaked in it)
  9. Gets rid of warts (put ACV on cotton ball, cover with Band-Aid, leave on over night for 1 week)
  10.  Can be used as a facial toner (1 part vinegar, 2 parts water)