Deal or No Deal

In preparation of my new master bath and closet remodel someday being completed, I decided to begin looking for the closet organizers and hanging apparatuses for clothes. I called a local home improvement store and they came out and measured and provided a quote of $5500.

  • I just about passed out; I need to hang up my clothes but not on gold plated hangers, good lord.
  • I then asked if we decided to move forward with the purchase how a customer would pay for this. 
    • The entire amount is due up front and could not be installed for 8 weeks. In addition, there was a $175 processing fee for paperwork. Ugh what? 

Of course me being the bargain shopping queen (ok cheapskate), I took my measurements out to our local Ikea store.  

  • The little guy in the closet section helped me choose the closets and all the components, with delivery and installation it was less than $1500. 
  • Yep how’s that for saving four thousand dollars. I could have had the closet installed in 2 days, imagine that not 8 weeks.  

The joy of saving so much money was fantastic but the pain with the installation was real. 

  1. First the delivery and install company employees had no clue how to assemble the closet, ha imagine that. 
  2. My window for them to install was 9 am to 6 pm, really could you narrow it down a little? 
    1. I take the day off and you guessed it they showed up at 5:55 pm. 
  3. The crew took everything out of the boxes and said oh there’s a damaged piece we will have to report and come back tomorrow. 
    1. My question was can’t you assemble the sections that aren’t broken and install only to be met with a look of utter confusion.
  1. The next day the new item arrives with a completely different delivery person and installer who also had no clue also. 
    1. 6 hours later and still not finished the new installer states well there are a bunch of missing pieces so I will need to come back. Ugh really.

At this point I turned into the cheapskate bulldog and immediately got online and filed a claim with the delivery company and insisted a manager call me back. I was refunded $600 of my money due to the fiasco and I installed the closet.

So the big question is was this a Deal or NO Deal? 

She shed adventures

There is this massive ugly shed in our new backyard so I got the bright idea this is going to become a she shed.

But not the fancy thousands of dollars shed, everything in it is either thrift store or recycled from the move. Yep there’s water damage and spiders but she will be great when done

Tiffany blue is the outside color, hydrant that the last owner thought was a decoration is now pink to match the shed chairs and a cute little bark seating area

Reducing Debt

land rover

It’s a wrap. I posted the Land Rover for sale Wednesday and sold it Thursday. I loved the Rover, it was the best riding vehicle I have ever driven but after 12 years it was time to let her go.

I ran to the bank and put every dollar from the sale toward my car loan, yep I danced in the bank as no car payment in a few months will be liberating.
Why is it we hesitate to get rid of material possessions. I certainly don’t think at this point they mean anything but I guess when you own something it is harder to let go. The piece of mind of eliminating debt is better…GO

build it

We have a very small space downstairs and needed extra seating for when people visit so I found a solid wood shelf at habitat for 50 cents, painted that bad boy out and attached some 36 inch plumbing pipe n just like that I doubled the seating area. The delimma is I now need 4 more bar stools, well walked into goodwheel, which I lovingly call the wheel and 4 exact match for 10 bucks each. Yes it is my lucky day…… 

Cleaning on Mothers day

My husband is gone this weekend to visit his mother. While everyone is gone I made a master plan to get crap done today. I started bright and early by unloading both of my closets, yes I have 2. I figured it was not only a great day to purge but also help other mommas who don’t have anything on this beautiful day. Check out the before and afters. I’m proud to say I took 4 bags of clothes and shoes to donate and oh how great it is to unload the clutter. Noone needs all that. 

frugal food hack

First let me say I shop the grocery outlet like it is my religion. If you don’t have one in your town I’m sorry. This is my go to spot for all things nuts, cheese, and dried fruit. Not to mention they have a great organic section. 

  1. Huge block of swiss tillamook cheese $4.99
  2. Dried cranberries .99
  3. Mixed nuts .99
  4. Dried fruit combo .99

Total $8.00 

The assembly line included my cute little ikea snack containers and in about 4 minutes I had a weeks worth done and ready for both my husband and myself. I also have enough cheese left for months and the nuts and dried fruit should get us thru the end of the month. I added some chopped apples to mine and it is fabulous and I am proud of my food hack



gardening queen

I went to my first novice gardner class last week and I am now super excited. I got this cute little planter for free from my friend Tamra and painted to match our fence. Im growing basil (trader joes 3.99, tomato farmers market, pepper plant 89 cent, and free cucumbers. Heres to a bountiful harvest

small space on the cheap

The bathroom downstairs was so so so boring. I love spaces with personality and could no longer stomach the white wall behind the toilet. I know toilets are not exciting so I had to figure out a way to update on the cheap. Here it is finished and so cute. For a total of 12 bucks, yep one roll of peel n stick wallpaper did the wall and the cabinet doors and took all of 10 minutes. I love it…. doesn’t have to cost alot to be cute  

space make it count

As I have said many times I love love home improvement. Easter weekend the project was to cap the 6 sprinkler heads in this tiny area (not sure who made that decision) but they are no longer and it took me all of 5 minutes. Second cover up the mud pit and turn it into something usable. So here it is, fire pit area complete and all it took was 15 bags of gravel and a few chairs. Firepit we had. I look forward to less doggie prints on the floors. Yes these spoiled babies make a mess.

I hope you like it. Bring on summer cause I’m over this rain for real.