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Frugal Jackpot

Yesterday was a day filled with errands- mostly clothes shopping. Autumn has arrived here in the Mojave, bringing our daytime temperatures into the 70s and our nighttime temperatures into the high 40s. I’m scrambling to find warmer clothes in the right sizes for everyone.
I went into a Deseret Industries thrift store hoping to find a jacket for Samantha (#3), but didn’t have any luck. She’ll have to keep wearing lighter jackets until something turns up. I am absolutely not willing to spend $30 on a jacket she’ll only wear for one season!
My hunt for jackets was a bust, but the trip to the store wasn’t! I found leather dress shoes for $2 for one of the boys, and this gem for myself:

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It’s an ankle-length wool skirt in dark gray. It’s Eddie Bauer brand, and was only $5! I’m a happy girl. I also found a long-sleeved pink top to go with the skirt.

Next was a trip to the $0.99 store. There, I found socks for one of the girls (3 pairs/ $1), sunglasses, deodorant, and a lidded water cup to replace a cracked one at home.

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A good haul, if I do say so myself. And my grand total for both stores was only $17 – less than the price of JUST the shoes if they were new.

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Cloth Diapering, Part 3: The Current System

This is the third and final part in a series about cloth diapering. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

My homemade diapering system was working well, but I was due with another baby any day and my current method was pretty labor-intensive. I had made only 4 covers with my yard of PUL fabric, so they needed to be washed quite often. They began wearing out after 6 months of constant use. I was also intimidated by the idea of using sharp pins on a wiggly newborn.

Fortunately, when my mother-in-law came for the birth of #4, she brought me a present: her old diaper stash from her diapering days! The stash consists of a dozen Infant diapers:

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2 1/2 dozen “medium” diapers

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And about a dozen toddler diapers.

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I had never used a fitted diaper before this and I completely fell in love with them! Unfortunately, they are not produced anymore. The closest product I’ve been able to find is the Workhorse Organic Fitted diaper made by Green Mountain Diapers:

Fitted diapers have definitely made my life a lot easier. The elastic around the legs keeps messes in, resulting in less laundry for me!

I have VERY heavy wetters, so I usually add a soaker (which is a folded up flat diaper or microfiber towel) between the diaper and the cover, like this:

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At night, I use 2 soaker inserts. Because a soaking wet baby in the middle of the night is no fun.

Notice the different cover in the last picture? Around this time, I also ordered 8 one-size waterproof covers from Kawaii Baby. 

They were only about $6 each after shipping, which is a real bargain compared to the mainstream brands.

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And, of course, I still use my beloved cloth wipes.

 

cloth wipes hanging on the clothes line.
cloth wipes hanging on the clothes line.

They’re holding up marvelously, 1 year later. The fitted diapers make changes almost as fast as a disposable!

I have enough diapers that I can wash every other day..

two days' worth of diapers ready to hang on the line
two days’ worth of diapers ready to hang on the line

some diapers and covers hanging to dry

And now with two kids in diapers, I’m saving at least $100-$150 per month. I also never run out of diapers and have to drive an hour to buy some. I’d call it a win!

How to Save Money on Textbooks

I’m a student. I’m hoping to have my AA degree by the end of this year. Buying expensive textbooks is an annoying, but necessary, part of being a college student.

2012-06-06_09-31-15_219My college offers a “bookstore credit” as a way to entice students to buy their books from the school bookstore.  It’s fast, convenient, and.. horribly overpriced.

I  just ordered my books for the upcoming semester. From my school’s bookstore, my books would have cost $207. However, on ebay.com, I got the same books for $130!

It was pure coincidence that ebay had the best prices for all of my books. The best places to look for cheap textbooks are:

Amazon

Half.com

textbooks.com

textbooksrus.com

Alibris

The single most important thing to remember is to shop around! I check ALL of these sites before making my purchases.

On average, this saves me between $100 and $200 per semester. I’m only saving $70 this semester because I am taking two classes rather than 4 or 5.