Saturday, January 31, 2009

Anticipating spring

One trick to living well on less is to think one step ahead.

Easter baskets get harder to find & more expensive in April.

I washed this dusty trio ($2) with warm water and a squirt of detergent.

At the same store, my mom and I bought a fleece coat to layer over Elise's spring dresses ($4).

24 comments:

Ellen said...

As usual, these deals are amazing! Those are really nice baskets!

Michele said...

I agree with you. I always try to plan ahead. It is essential for saving money I bought chocolate Kisses for 75% off after Christmas to use for Valentine's cards. I pick up little things all year long on clearance for birthday party goody bags - nail polish, pencils, etc. so I'm not giving out a bunch of junk at birthdays. And sometimes birthday presents for classmates are bought in bulk if I see a good deal.

I once bought 8 pairs of pajamas from the Disney Outlet online for $40. It lasted for 6 birthday presents for friends and one for each of my daughters!

Kristina said...

Great idea to start thinking about Easter! I love that coat!

Jenny said...

Had not thought about watching for Easter stuff now. Will be watching for a few things I need.

Tubo Family said...

Thanks for the reminder. I keep forgetting I need two of everything now!

Cute coat. I love fleece for kids coats--breathable for the warm ones (my youngest), soft and yielding for the sensitive touch ones (my oldest) and water resistant for those times it starts to sprinkle.

nicola said...

beautiful finds! and i couldn't agree more....planning ahead ranks in the top 10 most important frugal tricks!

nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Kelly said...

I purchased Belgium chocolates on clearance after Christmas for my husbands Valentine chocolates .
I found a nice pair of heart shaped chandelier earrings on clearance for my son's girlfriend before Christmas and put them up for Valentines day .
I am in the process of finding the best deal on flowers.
I always try to shop and plan ahead.

Ewokgirl said...

Super-cute coat!

Alice Gunther said...

Fantastic set of baskets, and I am absolutely in love with the coat!

Kendra said...

I love the baskets :) and the coat is gorgeous! Great finds!

Renee said...

I love the baskets. We use the same baskets each year. I've wanted to get nicer ones, but the kids are attached to their flimsy cheap ones now.

Thinking ahead is good! I'm working on getting meals planned for "sick days." Those days I'm either under the weather, or days I'm holding a feverish child. I'm working on coupons/sales for frozen stuff. Those are days money flies out the widow with hubby picking up take out!

Jackie said...

OOOOO, I love the baskets. I miss having little ones to fill baskets for.

God bless.

Meredith@MerchantShips said...

I cobbed together 2 baskets last Easter, but have since given them away as gift baskets.

I knew I'd need a 3rd basket for John, and this set seemed perfect.

You cant tell from the photo, but they nest inside one another for storage. I plan to keep this set for a good long time.

Janine said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I'm so happy to have found yours and can't wait to meet you at Blissdom!

Great tips - I'll be back!

Amy said...

Oh, I love that little jacket- it is precious. The little details on it are so sweet.

I horde baskets and use the same one every year. We just put it out the night before for the Easter bunny to fill up :) Frugal and creative ;)

LynnMarie said...

Spring!! Can't wait for it to get here. Looking out my window I see about 2 1/2 feet of snow that is not melting yet! Great Baskets and really cute coat.

Andrea said...

Love 'em! I was also looking at baskets a few weeks ago but they are SO expensive at Goodwill ($5-$9). Even on half-off day, that's insane. I'm glad I didn't spend that $$ because I finally happened on a little thrift store here that has always been closed when I've gone. Now I have a good idea where you find some of your great deals! I also live near Nashville but I stick close to home so I've never visited any of the good stores you've mentioned in the past :) Anyways, great find!

Sandy said...

Darling coat!

As my kids got older, I ended up creating ONE Easter basket for all - it worked great! :)

Leila said...

What a cute coat! I always had trouble here in the Northeast with Easter clothing in general. Most of the time it's COLD!

That fleece coat is perfect for any weather event, while being very stylish!

Good work.

Wendy said...

Awesome coat! I love those flowers on the pockets.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

The baskets look great, and I noticed the other day at the Thrift shop they are pretty plentiful right now. What a pretty coat. That will be great over the Easter dress! Jackie

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Emma said...

I love that little jacket! So sweet!

Joy of Frugal Living said...

Great deals, as always! I am thinking spring too - I treated myself to a huge bunch of tulips for $5 yesterday, anticipating the grey, soggy day we are having here in PA.