7/27/11

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 7/27-8/1

Bargain Brag Wednesday

July 27, 2011


We'll have people visiting in our home every other weekend, starting this weekend and going through the end of August. It's great!! And in between visits, we'll be squeezing in a GARAGE SALE!! I said that like Oprah would have said it, in my head. You know... "We're going to AUSTRALIA!!" Anyhoo, yes, a garage sale is in our future. And I can't wait! Not only are they just plain fun, they're a great way to earn a little extra cash! We're just trying to decide what to do with the money we make. Hmmm... can you say "new/used couch?!" Yes, please!

Welcome to this week's Wallet-Friendly Wednesday! This is an opportunity for you to share your latest bargain shopping finds, thrift store outfit deals, DIY projects, side-of-the-road pick-ups, consignment shop steals . . . ANYTHING you've done that's saved your money. Use your imagination! Share whatever you've done to save money recently! List it here so that other Bargain Shopping Paradise readers can get inspired. It's a great way to share ideas, and I love seeing how creative everyone gets when it comes to saving money! Please only list family-friendly links. Include your blog name and the name of your "brag" in your link.

If you haven't seen it yet, I wanted to take a second and share one of my own little DIY, bargain shopping, wallet-friendly projects! I recently did a post about a microwave cart that I decided to paint and turn into a bookcase for my kiddos' room. The kicker is... it was laminate... AND, I painted it. Yes, I did!!! Check out the whole DIY bookcase painting project, and view the after pic below:



Don't forget to check out the previous WFW to see them all. Thank you all for stopping by and linking up!

I've also been tweeting about all sorts of deals, so if you're not following me on Twitter, yet, do it now! :)

If you've never bragged about your bargains before, start now! Simply blog about your most recent bargains and link back here! I'll feature my favs from your links in next week's WFW post. Can't wait to see your ingenious bargains!

This Wallet-Friendly Wednesday post is brought to you by . . .

Sierra Trading Post


7/21/11

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 7/20-7/26

Bargain Brag Wednesday

July 20, 2011


7/21/11
My sincere and humble apologies for posting this a whole day late. Yikes! I started it yesterday with every intention of posting, and then life and time got away from me. Oops. Better late than never, right? Right?!


7/20/11
Are we seriously at the end of July already? How is is that time moves so quickly, since I've had children? My newest little one is now 5 weeks old. Yikes! I guess this first year is going to go pretty quickly, huh?

Welcome to this week's Wallet-Friendly Wednesday! This is an opportunity for you to share your latest bargain shopping finds, thrift store outfit deals, DIY projects, side-of-the-road pick-ups, consignment shop steals . . . ANYTHING you've done that's saved your money. Use your imagination! Share whatever you've done to save money recently! List it here so that other Bargain Shopping Paradise readers can get inspired. It's a great way to share ideas, and I love seeing how creative everyone gets when it comes to saving money! Please only list family-friendly links. Include your blog name and the name of your "brag" in your link.

Here's a sampling of what you all shared last week:




  • I absolutely love these creative plant markers from Thrifty and Fabuless!



Don't forget to check out the previous WFW to see them all. Thank you all for stopping by and linking up!

I've also been tweeting about all sorts of deals, so if you're not following me on Twitter, yet, do it now! :)

If you've never bragged about your bargains before, start now! Simply blog about your most recent bargains and link back here! I'll feature my favs from your links in next week's WFW post. Can't wait to see your ingenious bargains!

This Wallet-Friendly Wednesday post is brought to you by . . .

7/13/11

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 7/13-7/19

Bargain Brag Wednesday

July 13, 2011


Happy Wednesday! I hope you're all doing well. This afternoon marks the end of my maternity leave. Ugh! That went really quickly!! But, it was wonderful to spend that time with my two kiddos, and get some things accomplished. If you haven't seen it, check out my newest DIY recycled microwave cart project. It turned out super cute!

Welcome to this week's Wallet-Friendly Wednesday! This is an opportunity for you to share your latest bargain shopping finds, thrift store outfit deals, DIY projects, side-of-the-road pick-ups, consignment shop steals . . . ANYTHING you've done that's saved your money. Use your imagination! Share whatever you've done to save money recently! List it here so that other Bargain Shopping Paradise readers can get inspired. It's a great way to share ideas, and I love seeing how creative everyone gets when it comes to saving money! Please only list family-friendly links. Include your blog name and the name of your "brag" in your link.

Here's a sampling of what you all shared last week:





  • And this is such a cute project! Check out the painting created by Thrifty and Fabulous for her daughter's room:



Don't forget to check out the previous WFW to see them all. Thank you all for stopping by and linking up!

I've also been tweeting about all sorts of deals, so if you're not following me on Twitter, yet, do it now! :)

If you've never bragged about your bargains before, start now! Simply blog about your most recent bargains and link back here! I'll feature my favs from your links in next week's WFW post. Can't wait to see your ingenious bargains!

This Wallet-Friendly Wednesday post is brought to you by . . .

7/12/11

My "new" FREE recycled microwave cart turned book case!

Tomorrow is a sad day. It's the end of my maternity leave. Boo! But, I've been really thankful to have so much time to adjust to being the mom of two children, now. What a blessing! And the other blessing is that I won't be returning to full-time employment, either. I'm cutting back to part-time. Yay! I'm excited about the changes in my routine, and anxious to find out what this "new" life is going to be like.

I've had so many, many things on my "to-do" list, while I've been on maternity leave. While I've been able to slowly check some of them off, there still remain many things that need to be done. However, I accomplished one of my fun goals, this past weekend.

We live in a small house, so functionality and space are at a premium. And our kids will eventually be sharing a room, so we're having to get creative with toy, book, and clothing storage for them. My husband and I both have mentioned that we need to find a small-ish bookshelf unit that can sit between the toddler bed and the crib, which can also hold a lamp and monitor. With my cutting back to part-time, we're trying to be as frugal as possible, and not spend extra money on things we don't need. So, I went shopping in our garage.

We've had this old, laminate, pressboard microwave cart sitting in our garage for the longest time. It's seriously nothing fancy--just your standard Big Lots or Wal-Mart variety, low-end, laminate pressboard-style microwave cart. And, I thought... there's our bookcase for the kids' room!! Now, I've read a lot of blogs that talk about how you can paint laminate furniture, and have it come out looking great, but I didn't want to spend the money on some of the more expensive primers they mentioned. I'm sure they're worth it, but I really wanted to keep this project CHEAP—as in FREE. :) So, I had the cart, some Sherwin Williams wall primer, some sample paint I received from Glidden about a year or two ago in "Deepest Aqua," and some protective clear-coat finish that I had used on another project. I didn't end up spending a dime on this project. And (you'll have to forgive me), in my zeal to begin, I neglected to take a "before" picture. Sad day! However, here's a standard image that looks just like our cart did:


And here's the paint color from Glidden:


Fancy cart, huh? Yeah... no. But, I had vision. I went ahead and primed it well. A couple of coats did the trick. And, I'm here to tell you that wall primer did indeed work on my little laminate pressboard piece of furniture. Just don't scrape it up before you put the final clear-coat on. Anyway, I primed it, then painted it with two coats of "Deepest Aqua." After everything had dried well, I did a final clear-coat finish to keep everything from getting scraped up and scuffed--especially since we would be using the cart for books in a children's room. And viola...


Isn't it so cute? I also took the wheels off, since it's not something we need to wheel around, and I didn't want our little ones being able to roll it away from the wall. And, as you can see, it's already getting good  use.


I absolutely LOVE this project!!! With the clear-coat, it turned out to be super durable, and I LOVE the color in our kids' room. It's really fun, and my toddler sat in front of it most of the day today, pulling books off, "reading" them, and then putting them back. The moral of the story is that you CAN paint laminate, pressboard furniture, and it doesn't have to be very expensive. I already had everything I needed for this project, and the paint never cost me a cent, so this little transformation was completely FREE! Yay!

I'm sharing this project at...

Tip Junkie handmade projects




http://www.thethriftyhome.com

7/6/11

Wallet-Friendly Wednesday, 7/6-7/12

Bargain Brag Wednesday

July 6, 2011


I'm finally back and trying to get back in the swing of things--my apologies for the long lag in posts!! Getting use to having two kids, instead of just one, is definitely different. I only have another week of maternity leave,. :( So, we're trying to get a routine down, and get use to our new "normal."

Next week, I'll get back to posting the things that YOU share. Be sure to spread the word that Wallet-Friendly Wednesdays are back, and tell folks to share their ideas/projects/bargains!!

Welcome to this week's Wallet-Friendly Wednesday! This is an opportunity for you to share your latest bargain shopping finds, thrift store outfit deals, DIY projects, side-of-the-road pick-ups, consignment shop steals . . . ANYTHING you've done that's saved your money. Use your imagination! Share whatever you've done to save money recently! List it here so that other Bargain Shopping Paradise readers can get inspired. It's a great way to share ideas, and I love seeing how creative everyone gets when it comes to saving money! Please only list family-friendly links. Include your blog name and the name of your "brag" in your link.

Don't forget to check out the previous WFW to see them all. Thank you all for stopping by and linking up!

I've also been tweeting about all sorts of deals, so if you're not following me on Twitter, yet, do it now! :)

If you've never bragged about your bargains before, start now! Simply blog about your most recent bargains and link back here! I'll feature my favs from your links in next week's WFW post. Can't wait to see your ingenious bargains!

This Wallet-Friendly Wednesday post is brought to you by . . .





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